It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Caldwell Billard. Beloved husband of 38 years to Laura, father to James and Katie (Chris), and grandfather to Zoe. He died at home in Mississauga in the early hours of September 6th, 2019, in his 65th year, after a two year struggle with cholangiocarcinoma. He will be dearly missed by his sisters Christine, Esther, Tracy and their families, sister-in-law Kathy and father-in-law Jack. He will also be missed by his cherished aunts, uncles, cousins and his North Bramalea Presbyterian Church family. We would like to thank everyone who supported us through this journey with their prayers, support, and encouragement, and the many healthcare professionals who cared for Tom.
The Rev. Dr. Tom Billard, the recent former convenor of the Life and Mission Agency, had been diagnosed with cancer some time ago. In spite of his poor health and the many treatments he had to have to mitigate the effects of the cancer, Tom continued in his role as convenor of the Life and Mission Agency and member of the Assembly Council until this spring. Tom loved being a congregational minister and was active in ministry in pastoral care and the pulpit ministry until last month.
Tom’s support of the work of the church at all levels was remarkable. He was passionate about congregational ministry, very committed to the work of healing and reconciliation and the ministry of and with Indigenous peoples in Canada and he was encouraged by what he saw and experienced when he traveled to Malawi to see the work of the church there. In all of these areas and places, Tom always saw great hope, was touched by the movement of the Spirit and was enthusiastic about the transformation that comes from committed people of faith working together.
There will be a time of visitation and prayer on Friday September 20th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at North Bramalea Presbyterian Church (925 North Park Drive, Brampton). The celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Saturday September 21st at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (44 Church St E, Brampton). In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Presbyterian Church in Canada (Presbyterians Sharing, Presbyterian World Service & Development, Ministry with Indigenous Peoples), North Bramalea Presbyterian Church, or a cancer charity of your choice.