With sorrow the family announces the death of Mr. Tom Avit Joseph Despres at the age of 91 years. Mr. Despres passed away at the Temiskaming Hospital on Sunday, July 1, 2018 with his family by his side.
Cherished husband of the late Barbara Winifred Warren. Loving father to Patricia Lauder and the late Bruce; grandfather to Jim Lauder (Kelly); and great-grandfather to Ella and Jocelyne. Dear brother of John, Leo and the late Frances Plain, Rita Gauthier, Jeanne O’Donnell, Albert and Roland. Tom will be fondly remembered by his brothers and sisters in-law, Nephews, nieces and many friends.
Tom was a member of Cobalt and Bucke Township councils and then was Mayor of Haileybury from 1978 – 1997, known also as the “Lunch Box Mayor.”
The family will welcome friends at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Haileybury on Friday, July 6, 2018 beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. Memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.