Obituary of Thomas Jean Pothier
Age 94, of Windsor, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, Halifax. Born in Wedgeport on July 2, 1925 he was a son of the late Mathurin and Flossie (LeBlanc) Pothier.
Tom started his vehicle career in 1957 with a backyard bodyshop. His first job was restoring a hearse that was needed for a funeral for Lohnes Funeral Home, using scrap parts that he got from Nichols Scrapyard. This restoration and the generosity of Mr. Lohnes’ “extra thank you” was what furthered his career in the automotive business. In 1962, he opened and ran a VW/AMC Jeep dealership in Falmouth. This then continued into his 52 years of ownership and operating Pothier Motors Ltd. Besides vehicles Tom loved the saltwater, especially the South Shore, and camping. He was an avid boater and enjoyed his time spent on his beloved pontoon boat. If he wasn’t selling vehicles he was boating and sometimes they even ended up going hand in hand together. A big part of Tom’s life was the joy he got from spending time surrounded by his family, regardless of where or when. His charismatic way and jovial personality always shone brightly, rarely ever being seen without a smile.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Jackie (Smith); sons, John (Carole); Jamie (Ceri); daughter, Patty (Philip) Burgess; daughter-in-law, Charmaine; grandchildren, Bailey (Chris) Collins, Jared (Stephanie) Burgess, Chad (Yolan) Pothier, Brittany Pothier, Maia, Fallon and Isla Pothier; great-grandsons, Evan Collins, Drew Burgess and Luca Hubley; brother, George (Molly); sisters, Catherine Pothier; Corrine (Paul) Wallace and Yvonne Martell.
Besides his parents, Tom was predeceased by his son, Philip; brother, Paul; sisters, Louise Walker, Agnes Wee, Marie Sweet, Irene Cooper, Annette Green and infant sister, Agnes.
Arrangements have been entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert St., Windsor (902-798-8317), where visitation will be held 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 18. A Funeral Mass will take place Thursday, September 19 at 11 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 339 King St., Windsor, Rev. Father John MacPherson officiating. Private family interment will take place immediately following in Centre Falmouth Cemetery, Falmouth. A reception will be held at Pothier Motors, 18 Falmouth Back Rd., Falmouth. Donations in memory of Tom may be made to My Gut Feeling Stomach Cancer Foundation of Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org), 720 King Street West, Suite 323, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3S5 or a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.demontfamilyfuneralhome.ca