Town of Palm Beach Shores

Mayor's Proclamation for former Mayor Tom Chilcote

February 22, 2011


By the Mayor of the Town of Palm Beach Shores

A Proclamation


To the Residents of Palm Beach Shores:

It is with sadness that I formally announce the death of Thomas Chalmers Chilcote, the twelfth mayor of the Town of Palm Beach Shores, on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Mayor Chilcote served the second longest tenure as mayor of Palm Beach Shores, holding office for twelve years from 1988 until 2000. His steadfast leadership afforded our Town many tranquil and prosperous years. During his tenure he provided the oversight and vision for the much needed expansion of our Town Hall complex, while at the same time preserving the facility’s historic and quaint appearance that we have all come to enjoy. He was also responsible for the modernization of one of our Town’s major public utilities.  

Born in 1920 in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania, Tom Chilcote devoted his life to public service. He served for many years as principal of Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Esther, later relocated to Florida where he served as a professor at Palm Beach Community College, now Palm Beach State College.

We pause this week to pay tribute to a man who gave of himself in service to his community. His life and legacy points us to the calling that each of us has as American citizens - to serve one another. May we honor his memory with admiration and respect for a job well done.

Now, Therefore, I, John M. Workman, Mayor of the Town of Palm Beach Shores, by the authority vested in me by the Town Charter, in tribute to the memory of Mayor Chilcote and as an expression of public sorrow, do hereby direct that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff at Town Hall from the day of his death until sunset on the day of his interment.

I do hereby order that suitable honors be rendered by units of the Town’s Police and Fire Departments under orders of the Chief of Police and Fire Chief on the day of the funeral.

I further declare, Friday, February twenty-fifth, the day of the fallen mayor’s funeral and interment, to be a Day of Remembrance in Palm Beach Shores. I encourage all residents to assemble on that day at ten o’clock in the morning at the First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach to pay homage to the memory of this fine man.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Incorporation of the Town of Palm Beach Shores, the fifty-ninth. 


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