In loving memory of Tom Caruso

In loving memory of Tom Caruso

Tom Caruso was a quintessential family man, a lover of good food, and a staunch proponent of his children’s education. He is missed dearly by his loving wife and children, who are proud to leave this scholarship in his name.

Tom was born to Italian immigrant parents in Iron Springs, Alberta. He was the fourth son of a large family that grew to include nine children. While growing up in a large Italian family brought many joys and plenty of good food, money was not in abundance. Tom attended Picture Butte High School and fueled by his determination to continue studying, Tom enrolled in SAIT’s Accounting Program. With only a few credits to go, Tom was unable to complete his diploma as he had to go home to work – a regret that stayed with him.

Despite not being able to finish his program, Tom had gained essential business skills, which combined with his lofty aspirational goals, would serve him well. In 1987, Tom and his dad Joe bought Noble Concrete in Picture Butte. Tom’s entrepreneurial spirit, intelligence, and passion for his company contributed to its expansion over nearly 30 years. Sold in 2019 after his passing, Noble thrived under Tom’s leadership.

While Tom succeeded professionally, he was at heart a family man, and his children’s education was a top priority for him and his wife, Eddie. Tom instilled the values of hard work and education in his children, all five of whom graduated from University. Even in his passing, rather than donations or flowers, Tom requested that families contribute to their own children’s and grandchildren’s education fund.


Tom had a longstanding relationship with the University of Lethbridge; he served two terms on the Board of Governors (1990-1996) and was a proud ULeth Dad. We believe it would bring Tom immense gratitude to know that his legacy supports students in their educational goals. Accordingly, this scholarship has been established to assist students who, in the face of financial hardship, are determined to achieve their academic goals.