On Wednesday, Aug. 10th, our Club goodbye to a great Rotarian and Community advocate, Tom DeBlois. Tom joined the Club in 1973. He was President of the Club in 1983-84. He became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1989 and had over 20 years of perfect attendance. He was a member of the 100th Anniversary Planning Committee, and recently sitting on the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Board of Directors again. In addition, he especially took great pride in leading our Remembrance Day Program Committee every year. Tom's father was a long time member of our Club. It's been a very long time since a DeBlois has not been a member of our Club.
Tom also served the Community in a number of other ways including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Camp Gencheff, Pat and the Elephant, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Bible Society, Sherwood Cemetery, and the Upper Room Ministry. Tom also twice was a candidate for the federal riding of Charlottetown in 2006 and 2008. 

Tom’s career was with the family business, DeBlois Brothers Ltd, (later part of TRA Atlantic – DeBlois Distribution Centre) since 1969. He retired as General Manager in 2005. We still remember the pride when he spoke to the Club of the history of the family business a couple of years ago. Tom's family lineage was very distinguished including a a Father of Confederation, George Coles, and a former Lieutenant Governor, George DeBlois.

His wake & funeral were attended by many members of the Club. Our condolences are with his wife, Claudia, daughter Suzi, son David, and brother, Rob.