MUELLER, Thomas Philip June 26, 2004 – September 30, 2011

It is with deep and profound sadness we announce the passing of Thomas Mueller on Friday, September 30, 2011, at the age of 7, due to neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer of the sympathetic nervous system. After a brave and heroic four-year battle against the disease, Thomas died at home in his sleep, with his parents by his side. Thomas was born on June 26, 2004 in Calgary. In his pre-school year, at the age of three, Thomas was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, but true to his character, Thomas did not let the disease define him. He lived for the moment, and quite truly loved being a little boy, whatever his age. He was a kids’ kid, with a typically goofy sense of humour. He played hard and found a way to keep fighting even during the worst of his many cancer treatments. In his stoicism and courage, he was a true “little soldier” as his great- grandfather Howard, an American WWII veteran once said. He loved sports. All of them. But especially soccer and hockey, and his favourite players, Jarome Iginla and Thomas’ friend, Trevor Linden. He was also a natural born swimmer and made the most of his trips to Hawaii, spending more time in the water than out. He also loved movies and was fascinated with and inspired by the worlds of Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean. Over the years he also became quite a prolific and advanced builder of Lego. While always a kid though, he was also mature beyond his years. He was always sensitive to the needs of others. It always felt like he took nothing for granted, and he loved his sister, mom and dad deeply, and yearned for the company of his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. And of course, his many friends. Thomas will always be remembered by his sister Anna, and parents Dianne Wilkins and Philip Mueller; his grandparents Dave and Aileen Wilkins and Peter and Pat Mueller; his aunt Sara, uncle Brett and cousins Nora and Eli Anhorn; his aunt Lisa, uncle Corey and cousins Kenna and Turner Sadlemyer; and his great-uncle Alan Meech. Thomas is predeceased by his loving and greatly missed uncle Rich Wilkins. In lieu of a Memorial Service, those wishing to pay their respects may do so by visiting our Web site to make a donation to neuroblastoma research. This disease must be stopped.

12 thoughts on “MUELLER, Thomas Philip June 26, 2004 – September 30, 2011

  1. We were so very sad to hear of Thomas’s passing… our thoughts and prayers are with you all… our son goes to River Heights and the students there were all aware of the battle Thomas was fighting. We made our donation here this morning.. Hugs from Medicine Hat…

  2. I am fortunate to have had the chance to play soccer with Thomas through the after school soccer. ” Best goal celebration” at Triple Meg and he will be missed.

    Our deepest condolences to your family.

    Coach Steve and Brennan.

  3. The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly, Thomas.

    Our deepest sympathy to the Mueller and Wilkins families. Thomas shone a bright light onto all who were blessed to have known him.

    The Waites

  4. It breaks my heart to hear that neuroblastoma has taken your beautiful son. It’s such a wicked cancer…it also took my son just 6 months ago at the age of 15. The James Fund is the best place to give and my son often did fundraisers for them…and we continue to give. A cure must be found!
    Hugs and prayers to your family

  5. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of Thomas’ family.
    Thomas must have been a wonderful little boy .
    We are thinking of you all tonight.
    Bert and Evelyn Kleis

  6. Dear Thomas:
    Our children attend River Heights and your uncle Corey shares his love for you at our school….
    Our donation to the James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research has been sent today in memory of a special boy… you, Thomas. It is our way to express our condolences to your family and to try to help stop this disease.
    Forever touched,
    The Warren Family

  7. Pat & Peter, our sincere sympathy to your whole family. Maybe the presence of family & close friends bring you comfort. –Susan & Mike & family

  8. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for your family. I don’t know you personally but as a mother my heart aches for you. The lovely words you wrote about your son inspired me and I’m sure many others in our community to join the fight against this awful cancer.
    I know Thomas will forever watch over you and you will always feel his loving embrance.

  9. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Thomas. We can only imagine the pain you must all feel. Our hearts and thoughts go out to you in this time of great sorrow.

    Larry and Sue

  10. Di, Phil, Anna & Family
    We can not imagine how hard it is for you to lose Thomas. Our hearts go out to you. We will always remember Thomas’s strong spirit and sweet smile.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Dawn, Dave, Rosie, Devon & Duncan

  11. Sincerest condolences to all who knew and loved Thomas. The beautiful obituary tells what a wonderful boy he was and he is an inspiration to many!

  12. Pat and Peter and family: We can only imagine your sadness and extend our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. We gladly contribute to the cause in the hope that the end to this disease is near.

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