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Thomas Donal Linehan was born in Singapore on December 28, 1924 to Dr. William and May Linehan. Thomas was raised in Ireland but resided in Canada for 45 years before dying at the age of 78 on January 7, 2003. Thomas is survived by his wife Therese and his 7 children, Mary, Jennifer, Noreen, Una, Patrick, John, and Michael.
During his life Thomas was an English teacher; however, he is primarily known for his poetry. Although he was never able to make a financial secure career in poetry, he nevertheless remained an active author. He is known for works such as “Birds of Fire”, published by Owl’s Head Press, and “Mystery of Things” published by Pottersfield Press, and had his work published in several literary magazines. Linehan was also a human rights activist and was an active member of Amnesty International, where he challenged political figures including former Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien, to deal with human right violations occurring around the world.