Owner of popular Lake Minnetonka ice cream shop dies from cancer

Tommy Drummond was the man behind Tommy's Tonka Trolley.
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The owner of a popular ice cream shop in Excelsior passed away last weekend from an aggressive form of brain cancer. 

Tommy Drummond, who has owned Tommy's Tonka Trolley – located on the south shore of Lake Minnetonka's Excelsior Bay – for two decades, died Sunday, according to his CaringBridge page

He passed away in Phoenix, Arizona where he was surrounded by family. 

The update explains that Drummond arrived in Arizona just 3 1/2 weeks ago "to treat this horrible disease," which they described as a "terribly aggressive glioblastoma." 

"The treatments quickly became too much for his body to handle. He ended up in the hospital, and is now receiving comfort care at Hospice of the Valley, inpatient care center in Phoenix," the update said. "We are saddened beyond words at how quickly this horrible tumor took over. There was never a moment, until just a few short days ago, when he didn’t think he was going to win this battle."

Drummond publicly announced his battle with a cancerous tumor on Sept. 14, saying he had been fighting it at the time for three weeks. 

"This is going to be a tough battle, but with your love and support I know I can beat this," he wrote. "I love each and every one of the wonderful friends I have met through my years at the trolley . Every one of you is special to me."

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Drummond's business on Lake Minnetonka was award winning, having been bestowed the honor of selling "Minnesota's Best Ice Cream" by USA Today in 2010. The shop also has kayak and paddleboard rentals. 

"He loved loved loved Excelsior, the Lake Minnetonka community and the people he got to know," Tommy's Tonka Trolley's Facebook page says. "Mostly the kids he gave a [SIC] chance to work and learn business skills."

Drummond never had biological children of his own, though as the Sun Sailor reported, in 2018 he became the co-parent of then 25-year-old William Pigeon through adoption.

Pigeon just so happened to be the first customer of his ice cream shop – then known as Adele's Too – as a 7-year-old in 2000, with Pigeon's mother a friend of Drummond's.

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