WASHBURN COUNTY — Washburn County Board Chair, Thomas J. Mackie, has passed away.
Mr. Mackie’s son, Rob, issued the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my father, Tom Mackie, after a brief illness and injury. I know many of you have had some type of connection with him, whether it was as a teacher, a community leader, family or friend. He will definitely leave a huge void in our lives but he will be in a better place where he will once again be with my mother, Sandy, who left this world not so long ago. I would invite anyone who would like to pay their respects to attend upcoming services which are in the process of being scheduled.”
Washburn County 1st Vice Chair, Dave Wilson, also issued a statement which can be read in its entirety below:
“I wish to publicly thank Mr. Mackie and his family for over 30 years of public service to the County of Washburn and its citizens. There will definitely be sadness felt by all those who knew Tom and as we pay respects we hope to continue walking in his footsteps to provide the leadership to Washburn County that Tom would be proud of.”
An Executive Committee meeting has been scheduled for next week to discuss rules and policies vis-a-vis the now vacant board chair seat.