Edward ‘Tom’ Billadeau

January 16, 2019

Edward T. “Tom” Billadeau, 69, passed away Jan. 7, 2019, at his home in Fort Collins, Colo., after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

Tom was born in Kankakee, the son of Edward H. and Margaret (Benoit) Billadeau, on Sept. 20, 1949. He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School and attended Kankakee Community College. He married Jo Lynn Duncan on Sept. 19, 1970, at St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee.

As a youth, he was active in scouting and loved music. While in high school, he formed a band, The Vandels, with three friends and played locally for many school functions and often at the CYO.

Tom served in the Illinois National Guard and was a patrol officer with the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department and Bradley Police Department. Later, he worked as a commercial hardware consultant.

He was extremely involved with drum corps and was one of the founders and director of The Royal Grenadiers from Kankakee County.

Surviving are his wife and four children, Michael, Mark (Kristina), Matthew (Jenny) and Molly (Tony); six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren whom he absolutely adored, Ryan, Breckyn, Grayson, Brayden, Gavin, Brynlee, Koltin and Dawson. He also is survived by his mother and four siblings, David (Cindy), John (Tammy), Janet (Roger) Carr and Greg; his brother-in-law, Dick (Susan) Duncan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his father; sister, Patricia; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

The family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a Go Fund Me account has been set up in Tom’s memory.


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