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Edwards ThomasEDWARDS, Thomas James  –  January 27th, 1926 - December 3rd, 2018

Former Mayor of Whitby, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on December 3, 2018 at the Village of Taunton Mills.

Tom was a true leader his entire life, serving his community and his country.

He was a World War 2 Veteran and former Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of Northwest England.

He served for more than 40 years in municipal politics finally ascending to the Mayor’s chair in 1991.

Tom was a labour leader and social activist, attending the founding meeting of the Ontario New Democratic Party and running as candidate for the C.C.F. and N.D.P. on four occasions.

Many will also remember his wonderful baritone singing voice, through his frequent performances throughout the years.

Beloved husband of the late June, loving father to Lynn, Paul, Jill (Karl) and Rachel (David). Beloved grandfather of Brendan, Trevor (Dring), Alexandria, Elizabeth, Paul, John, Bronwen, Bryn, Gwynfor and Emrys. Adored great grandfather of Logan, Kieran, Madelaine and Wesley. Will also be missed by nieces, nephews and friends. At Thomas’s request, cremation has taken place.

A memorial visitation for both he and June will take place at W.C. TOWN FUNERAL CHAPEL, 110 Dundas Street East, Whitby on Friday, December 21st 2018 from 2 – 4pm and 7 – 9pm.

A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 112, 117 Byron Street South, Whitby on Sunday, December 23rd 2018 at 11:00am.

Donations in memory of Tom may be sent to Sick Kids, Operation Smile or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be left at  wctownfuneralchapel.com.