Tom Bergeron of DWTS Once Revealed He Lost Both His Parents within Four Months
Even though DWTS host, Tom Bergeron lost both of his parents within four months in 2016, he found solace after the devastating loss knowing that they are “together forever.”
The show’s host lost his father, Raymond “Ray” Bergeron at the age of 81 in October 2015, and dedicated an episode of “Dancing With The Stars” in his honor shortly after his death.
“My dad loved this show,” Tom said at the time. “Never missed an episode, and I’d like to think somewhere that he didn’t miss this one.”
However, four months later, Tom announced that his mother had taken ill and posted a picture of his parents with the caption, “4 months ago, my Mom lost the love of her life. Now we’ve gathered at her bedside. They never did like being apart.”
4 months ago my Mom lost the love of her life. Now we've gathered at her bedside. They never did like being apart. pic.twitter.com/PL7ihAw1c1— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) March 4, 2016
The next day, on March 5, 2016, Tom shared the sad news that his mother, Catherine “Kay” passed away as well. Alongside a picture Tom with his mother and father, he wrote, “Four months apart. Together forever. #RIPMom.”
Later on, Tom posted another composition image of his mother’s favorite beach at the time of her death and during her younger years, as he went to say his final farewells to his mother.
“Went back to my mom’s favorite beach to say goodbye. (and yes, that’s me in the corner of the older pic),” Tom captioned the image.
As a father of two daughters, Jessica and Samantha, Tom values the unique relationship between parents and children. During his third hosting of the 43rd annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labour Day telethon in 2008, Tom elaborated on the impact his daughters has in his life.
"I also know (but don’t tell them I said this) how often they, by just being themselves, have taught me important lessons about living a life of courage and character,” he said.
The annual telethon in aid of children with muscular dystrophy is a cause close to Tom’s heart. But admitted that he “mostly” agreed in co-hosting the event because he “wanted to meet Jerry Lewis.”
However, the DWTS host urged the public to become involved with these children as their “support could help find cures and save lives.”
While Tom refers to his daughters with his wife of over thirty years, Lois as “the lights of my life,” he got nostalgic with separate posts on their birthdays in 2018.
In January 2018, he posted a throwback image taken of Jessica with the caption, “A Monday Memory: my now 29-year-old daughter Jessica making her Boston TV debut at five months old (with her beaming Mom partially blocked by my left shoulder).”
Nine months later Tom posted a childhood picture of Samantha and Jessica with sweet words that read, “Happy 28th Birthday to my amazingly composed daughter (even back when your sister tried a Heimlich maneuver on you).”
With both his daughters grown up, they have come into their own and followed their dreams in life, while Tom proudly stands by ready to give advice when needed.