Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry Dies Following Medical Emergency
By: Beth Swary - Friday, March 29, 2024

FORT WAYNE - The beloved Mayor of Fort Wayne, Tom Henry, passed away on Thursday, March 28 with his family by his side.

The city of Fort Wayne and the Henry family made the announcement Thursday:

"Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry passed away peacefully Thursday, March 28, 2024, after experiencing a medical emergency related to his cancer. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 27, Mayor Henry was privately transported to a local hospital at which time he and his family consulted at length with medical professionals including his oncologist.After careful consideration of the risks associated with surgical intervention, Mayor Henry opted for comfort measures. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

Mayor Henry was a man of the highest character – a true servant leader who devoted his entire adult life to the betterment of Fort Wayne and its residents. He was also the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. We, his family, mourn the loss of Tom with the rest of our community, but we also take great comfort in knowing that he is once again with his beautiful Cindy who passed away from cancer just two months ago.

We thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers, but also ask for privacy as we grieve Tom’s passing and celebrate his extraordinary life and legacy.”

The family also confirmed public visitations will be April 10 and 11, with the funeral on April 12. Locations and times are being finalized.

Mayor Henry announced in February he had been diagnosed with late-stage stomach cancer.

His passing comes two months following the death of his wife, Cindy, who died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 20.

Henry (D) was first elected mayor of Fort Wayne in 2007.

Before that, Henry had spent five terms as a city council member from 1984 to 2004.

He and his wife Cindy were avid supported of former Angola Mayor Richard Hickman who served as Angola's mayor from 2001 until his retirement in 2023.


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