In Memory

Terry Desmond

With sorrow we mark the passing of Terry (Tor) Desmond on March 25th, 2014.

His obituary (which follows) and an online guest book can be found on Schumacher Kish's website.


Terry Desmond, age 53, passed away on Tuesday, March 25th at his home. To his family and friends, he was always "Tor." Terry was born to John and Mary (Simones) Desmond on July 23rd, 1960. He was a lifelong resident of La Crosse attending Blessed Sacrament grade school and Aquinas High School, graduating in 1979. Terry worked for his older brother, John, at Desmond's Formal Wear for many years and most recently at Midwest Garment.

Terry has seven siblings; John (Margie), Mike (Karen), Pat (Kathy), Mary Regan (Jim), Brian, Tim (Bwalya), Greg (Deb). He also is survived by his dad, John W. Desmond (Hazel). He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Simones Desmond and a nephew Jimmy Regan. Terry also had many cousins, nieces and nephews.

While Tor was generally a quiet and very private person, people that knew him enjoyed his quick wit and sense of humor. At their dad's annual birthday party, Tor inevitably had the entire Desmond family in stitches, especially with his Chris Farley impersonations. Tor loved sports of all kinds but ironically did not follow Wisconsin teams. Oddly, he loved the St. Louis Rams, Boston Red Sox and L.A. Lakers.

The family would like to thank those who took time out for Terry, especially his good high school friend, Rob McMahon and his nephew, Bobby Desmond.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Rev. Peter Raj and Rev. Robert Cook will officiate. Burial will follow in the Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:00 AM until the time of service. It's the family's request to direct any memorials to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse or the Lead the Way Fund in honor of his deceased nephew, Sgt. James J. Regan at PO Box 281 Manhassett, NY 11030