In Loving Memory of Tanner B. Kaufmann
April 9, 1979 – September 4, 2016
The TBK Golf Classic was founded to honor the incredible life and legacy of Tanner Kaufmann, a man whose compassion and kindness touched the hearts of everyone he encountered. Though we mourn the tragic loss of Tanner and his beloved furry companion, Macy May, on that fateful day of September 4, 2016, we choose to celebrate the joy and love he brought into this world.
Born on April 9, 1979, in Weyburn, SK, Tanner grew up to become a loving husband to his devoted wife, Alyscia, for nine beautiful years. Together, they raised their two wonderful sons, Parks and Kolt, and created a home filled with warmth and laughter. Tanner’s parents, Brent and Gwen Kaufmann, his sister Amy, and his in-laws, Allan and Paulette Herauf, were blessed to have him as a cherished son, brother, and son-in-law.
Tanner’s heart was boundless, and he always put others before himself. He possessed a remarkable ability to connect with people effortlessly, turning strangers into lifelong friends with his genuine and approachable nature. His magnetic personality drew children to him, and he embraced their presence with open arms. Patiently coaching football, hockey, and soccer, Tanner instilled in young hearts the value of teamwork and sportsmanship.
The great outdoors held a special place in Tanner’s heart. He shared his deep appreciation for nature with his boys, imparting valuable life lessons while teaching them the art of fishing, wood chopping, and campfire building. His home was a testament to his hard work and dedication, as he lovingly tended to his garden and meticulously maintained his yard. Late-night conversations with his sister, Amy, in the garage were filled with wisdom and laughter, as they tackled the world’s problems together.
Sports, especially hockey and biking at Wascana Trails, ignited Tanner’s passion. Whether it was cheering from the sidelines or participating alongside his friends, he embraced the thrill of the game. Hunting trips with his father, Brent, and best friend, Dave, yielded not only treasured memories but also delicious feasts that brought family and friends together.
Tanner’s creativity knew no bounds. From his captivating tattoos to his exquisite art pieces and the beautiful woodwork adorning his boys’ rooms, his artistic spirit shone through in everything he touched. He delighted in culinary adventures, skillfully whipping up delectable meals for his family and offering his expert advice during Alyscia’s turn in the kitchen. Music flowed through his veins, and his mesmerizing dance moves were a testament to his innate rhythm, inherited from his mother, Gwen. Tanner’s unique sense of style, characterized by plaid and flannel shirts and his beloved button-up jean shirt, always sparked conversations and laughter. His hats and facial hair creations, including his famous Big Beaver hat, became iconic symbols of his vibrant personality.
As a gifted mechanic, Tanner’s expertise and willingness to lend a helping hand were in high demand. Days spent as a Heavy Duty Mechanic at Redhead Equipment were followed by evenings dedicated to fixing vehicles for friends and family. Tanner’s unwavering commitment to supporting those in need extended beyond the automotive realm, as he selflessly offered assistance with any home project or challenge that arose. A true role model, Tanner’s presence blessed the lives of countless individuals, leaving an indelible mark on their hearts.
While we mourn Tanner’s untimely departure, we choose to remember him with boundless love and cherish the memories he created. His absence will be felt deeply, but his spirit will forever inspire us to be compassionate, selfless, and unwaveringly kind. Tanner Kaufmann will always be missed, forever remembered, and dearly loved.