Condolences on the passing of Tom Hughes
April 7, 2014
It is with our great regret that I inform you all of the passing of Tom Hughes, former president of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.
Tom made significant contributions to Animal Welfare throughout his life; following service in WW II, Tom became active in the animal welfare field by becoming a voluntary agent of the RSPCA. He immigrated to Canada when he was 32 years old; he eventually made his way to British Columbia where he accepted the position of Secretary/Manager of the Vancouver Branch of the BC SPCA. In 1956, he was appointed Executive Director of the BC SPCA. That same year he became a Founding Director of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. From 1960 to 1980, Tom was president of the Canadian Wild Horse Society. From 1962 to 1989, he worked as General Manager, then Executive Vice President, and finally President of the Ontario SPCA (Ontario Humane Society). In 1965, Tom became a Founding Director of the Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada.
We are so grateful for his lifelong commitment and support to Animal Welfare.
On behalf of the Ontario SPCA, we extend our deepest sympathies to Tom’s family and friends.