Perreault memorial golf tourney slated

Heron Landing will be the site of the third-annual Tim Perreault Memorial golf tournament tomorrow.
Twenty-two teams of four have signed up to remember one of the Couchiching golf course’s original board members, who passed away at just 31 due to chronic pancreatitis.
Perreault’s mother, Pauline, who has been organizing the event since its inception, remembers her son’s sudden death as if it was yesterday.
“He had an operation on his appendix in 2001 and from there his condition worsened,” she recalled.
“He was not feeling well for a couple weeks before he died, but the day we found out about him, we were at our other son’s place in Minnesota and Tim went into a drug-induced coma and was just gone,” she added, fighting back tears.
Perreault’s other son, Nathan, was very close to Tim and passed away himself just three months ago. To say she has had a tough stretch would be the understatement of the decade.
But despite all this, Pauline Perreault has used her loss to help others cope or prevent similar circumstances by forming a charitable organization in Tim’s name.
“I don’t want someone else to suffer the way we have,” she said. “I’m hoping we can raise enough money to get an MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] machine.
“I’m tired of people having to travel so far to get tests done. I had to go to Thunder Bay in December to see a specialist and it’s a pain in the butt.
“If we have modern equipment, then maybe we can attract more medical students because Fort Frances does have lots to offer,” she added.
Tomorrow’s tournament will feature a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
For more information on the charitable organization, contact Pauline Perreault at 274-6877.