December 13, 1921 – February 23, 2013
On Saturday, February 23 we said goodbye to a great friend, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Donald Thompson enjoyed a very long and charmed life. He was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, the son of Jack and Jean Thompson, and brother to Helen Hardy of Saskatoon.
Don enjoyed all sports and was a member of his high school football, basketball and swimming teams. Don served his country in WWII joining the navy, where he served overseas on the HMCS “Algonquin”. While still in high school, Don fell in love with the beautiful Mary Johnston of Moose Jaw. In 1945, as soon as Don returned from overseas, he and Mary were married. They have spent the last sixty-eight years exploring life together. After being discharged from the navy, Don applied and was accepted into the faculty of dentistry at the University of Toronto where he graduated in 1950. Upon graduation, Don and Mary headed west to Calgary where they lived until Don’s retirement. During his working life, Don was very active serving the local community and especially his dental community, serving for years at the local, provincial and national levels with terms as president of the local and the provincial dental societies.
Don and Mary had four children, John (Lesley Ostrosser), Donna Price (Askey) (Bob), Pam Thompson (Ted Fullerton) and Pat Peters (Mat); three grandsons, Paul Askey (Cori), Colin Askey and Spencer Brown; as well as two great-grandsons Ethan and Marco Askey.
After Don retired, Don and Mary moved to their Windermere cabin. They spent these last summers in Windermere with family and their many golfing friends at Fairmont, then escaping the Canadian winters enjoying the company of friends and family in Palm Desert, California.
Don enjoyed a life with good health, many good friends and much laughter. By living life as it should be lived – respectfully, honestly, honourably and thankfully, he showed that the good do not always die young. His friends and family will remember a man with a million stories, a quick enquiring mind and a great sense of humour, which he maintained to the end. We will miss you and we will continue to celebrate your life well lived.
A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC), 303 Forge Road S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 0S9, Telephone: (403)253-5250. The family would like to thank Dr. Watson and the nurses on Unit 32 at Foothills Medical Centre for their compassion and care.
In living memory of Dr. Don Thompson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences