Friday, August 6, 2010

Celebration of Life!!

September 4, 1931 to July 31, 2010

 We are heartbroken to announce the loss of our dad, Bob Thomson, after a lengthy illness.   His strength, courage and determination inspired his family and friends, as well as the medical community.  Bob is lovingly remembered by his daughter Carol (Brian) Stuart, son Raymond Thomson (Margaret Shkimba), daughter Linda (Daren) Shewchuk as well as his cherished granddaughters, Whitney, Christina and Shanae.  He is also survived by his siblings Bill (Klare) Thomson, Beverly Marshall, and Betty (Chuck) Smith along with sister-in-law June Thomson and numerous other relatives.   Bob was predeceased by his loving wife of over 48 years, Bernice, youngest brother Alan, and his parents, Robert & Olive Thomson. 

Bob was born in Empress, Alberta.  He grew up working on the farm in Innisfail and then joined the R.C.A.F in 1951 where he trained as a radar and communications technician.  He was stationed in Ontario for 3 years before transferring to the Penhold Base in 1955 where he met Bernice at a dance.  They married in 1956.  After leaving the Air Force, he apprenticed as a welder.  Bob worked for Canadian Western Natural Gas for over 20 years.  He bought his own welding outfit, then eventually worked as a field superintendent, followed by contract inspecting for CWNG.  He retired in 2000.  Bob & Bernice enjoyed travelling and spent many enjoyable winters in the southern U.S. in their 5th wheel along with numerous other memorable trips.   Bob took pleasure in having family and friends visit the farm, especially after Bernice passed away in 2005.  He always loved the outdoors.  In recent years, he liked sitting in his sunroom watching the wildlife.  His penchant for chocolate bars and drive thru’s was well known.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Bob’s numerous healthcare providers over the last few years - they not only took excellent care of Dad but also took the time to care for & share with us as well.  A celebration of Bob’s life will be held in Okotoks, Alberta on Saturday, August 7th, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Snodgrass Funeral Home followed by a light luncheon.

If so desired, memorial donations can be made to STARS, Peter Lougheed Centre of the General Hospital, and/or the Oilfields General Hospital.

No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations. - Louis L'Amour

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