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Lafourche Parish honors couple for community service

Lafourche Parish honors couple for community service

The owners of Tom’s Service Station in Golden Meadow see Team Tom stickers on the back of trucks as far as a few states over.

The simple sticker and T-shirts mean a lot to the family of Tom and Hope Pitre and the community in south Lafourche.

Tom and Hope Pitre, natives of Golden Meadow, took over the shop after Tom’s parents retired. After 25 years running the business, they handed it over to the third generation, T-Tom, Kitty and Roxxy.

For more than 50 years, the Pitres have been giving back to their community. Last week, they were honored for their service.

The Lafourche Parish Council presented Tom and Hope with the Lafourche Outstanding Citizen Award.

“If you’ve ever been to Golden Meadow or been through Golden Meadow you may or may not have heard of Tom’s Service Station, you may or may not have heard of the Pitres. That’s Tom and Hope and the gang. But if you live in Golden Meadow or anywhere near there, you know them,” Councilwoman Luci Sposito said. “They are unbelievable citizens.”

Tom Pitre said he was shocked by the award, saying he had no idea why his family dragged him to the council meeting last week.

“I thought my son was getting married,” he joked.

“I’m just so grateful,” Tom Pitre said Friday as he helped boil shrimp for a fundraiser for the Farm System Prospects 9u baseball team.

Tom Pitre quit school in the eighth grade to help his family run the shop. T-Tom left in ninth grade.

“I told him like my daddy told me, ‘you ready to work?’” Tom Pitre said. “We’re not proud of not having a diploma, everybody should have one, but we’re just blessed.”

When they’re not in the shop, Team Tom hits the road to help the community, organizing shrimp boils, community garage sales and whatever they’re asked to do.

“They seem to be involved with everything that has to do with giving, that has to do with taking care of their community,” Sposito said.

It’s all about the community, helping out those who support them and the business, Tom Pitre said.

“They do a lot of things in the community. It’s not all for them, they share a lot,” said Parish Councilman Daniel Lorraine, who represents the Golden Meadow area.

Branding Team Tom was T-Tom’s idea, his dad said, a way to advertise that no one else in the community did.

“When someone asks for a sticker to put on their truck, it means a lot,” Tom Pitre said. “Just like the shirts, they’re walking advertisement.”

Team Tom is also a representation of the community in south Lafourche.

“When you see that sign, you think man, check this out people got ‘Team Tom’ about a gas station. But it’s not about the gas station, it’s about the big heart, it’s about the people. At any event, they’re always there to support,” Councilman Jerry Lafont said.

Tom Pitre said the success of the shop is all because of their dedicated customers and the continued support of the family.

“Thank the Lord for giving us the opportunity to do this, thank my mama, my daddy and my wife ... All of this is because of my family,” he said.


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.