Dr. Thomas R. Offen, February 26, 1934 – December 18, 2018.
It is with much regret that we announce the passing of Dr. Thomas Offen.
Dr. Offen (Big T) passed away on December 18 from congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret, his children, David (Leslie), Kelly, Robyn, (Tom) and Todd, (Susan), grandchildren, Nicole, Cody, Robert, Brendon, Todd, Dylan, Samantha, Ella and Jackson and great granddaughter, Hadley.
Dr. Offen was a chiropractor who touched the lives of thousands of people, hundreds of which were in the polo and equestrian worlds. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s, he was a pioneer in animal chiropractic, achieving amazing success on countless dogs and horses.
Dr. Offen had a lifelong passion for horses, competing in show jumping from an early age, foxhunting and eventually polo as a member of the Toronto Polo Club in Ontario, Canada. He introduced his four children and all his grandchildren to horses and polo. The Dr. Tom Offen Kid’s Tournament is one of the highlights of the Toronto Polo Club season. He enjoyed watching his sons David and Todd, and grandsons Cody, Robert and Brendon, compete in and win the interscholastic tournament. In the spirit of giving back, Dr. Offen co-chaired the USPA Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Committee for several years.
He was also a volunteer member of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show Ring Committee for over 40 years, an activity he shared with many of his kids and grandkids.
Dr. Offen battled stroke and heart disease, a hereditary condition during his later years. He was a passionate supporter and early participant in Polo For Heart, a philanthropic event in its fortieth year at the Toronto Polo Club.
Dr. Offen’s wish was to have a small family celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, to celebrate his life, donations to Polo For Heart would be greatly appreciated.
Donations in memory of Dr. Offen can be sent to Polo For Heart, 180 Renfrew Drive, Suite 100, Markham, ON L3R9Z2.