Town mourns loss of former Whitby mayor

The Town of Whitby has set flags at half-mast at all Town facilities to honour the passing of former Mayor Tom Edwards and the significant contributions he made to the community. Edwards began his 33-year municipal career in 1964 as Reeve, Ward Councillor, Regional Councillor and then Mayor in 1991.

“Tom has been a friend, mentor and trusted advisor to me ever since I was elected,” reflected Mayor Mitchell. “Throughout his 33 years on Council, Tom served our community with dignity, grace, professionalism, generosity and kindness”

Under Edwards’ leadership as mayor, a number of projects were initiated and completed, including a new fire hall, Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre addition, four new Iroquois Park ice pads and a new boat launch facility in Whitby’s Harbour. Edwards was also instrumental in creating a new Whitby Mental Health Centre, extending water and sewer services to Brooklin, and the opening of the Whitby portion of the Waterfront Trail. As Mayor, Edwards also championed Whitby Council’s opposition to proposed amalgamations with other municipalities.

The Town of Whitby has placed a public book of condolences in the main lobby at Town Hall for the month of December. The book will be given to the Edwards family following its public display.

photo: Whitby mayors Bob Attersley (1980-1991), Tom Edwards (1991-1997), Desmond Newman (1966-1975), Marcel Brunelle (1997-2006), Jim Gartshore (1975-1980)

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