Tom Selby, who has died at the age of 67, was a proud Townshipper, born and bred. He was mayor of Brome Village for 18 years and a councillor for a dozen years before that. As mayor of Brome Village, he was also a member of the regional grouping of mayors. His colleagues described Tom as ‘dedicated’ to ensuring the village of 302 citizens prospered.
Leon Thomas Selby was born in Sweetsburg, now a part of Cowansville, in July of 1952. His father was Roland Selby, his mother Myrtle Stow; both were active in the community. His ancestors owned land surrounding Selby Lake, where Tom spent many happy summers. He graduated from Cowansville High School and then earned a degree in business at Concordia University in Montreal.
Tom worked in the Royal Bank and in federal. government for the Export Development Corporation before returning to work in the family firm, Small Brothers of Dunham, which manufactured maple syrup evaporators and other sheet metal products. Small Brothers was sold, and he worked at Landes Canada in Granby before starting his own contracting business.
Apart from his political activities, Tom was active in the community. He was always athletic: track and field and basketball at school and ski racing. Tom was one of the original volunteers for the Adaptive Ski program at Owl’s Head. He was treasurer of the local Masonic Lodge for many years.
He and his wife Debbie Hornig, together for more than 40 years, lived in a farmhouse they restored just outside the village. He is survived by Debbie, his brother Celand and sister Corinne.
A memorial service will be held in the spring.