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THOMPSON, Mary Clare Ramsay

January 10, 1952 – Chester, England
September 9, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Mary Clare Ramsay Thompson passed away peacefully in Calgary on Sunday, September 9, 2018 with the first light of the day with her son and daughter by her side.

Mary Clare was born in Chester, England to Robert and Geraldine Thompson on January 10, 1952. At the age of 18 months her family moved to Toronto where Mary Clare, valedictorian and graceful ballet dancer, blossomed into a woman. She passionately protested the war in Vietnam, and was a vibrant part of the movement that preached peace, love and understanding. Mary moved to Edmonton where she graduated from Grant McEwan College with Audio Visual Arts. The change of scenery didn’t change her fierce spirit. Mary married in 1985 and finally found home in Calgary where she raised her family. Her pets played a big role in her life as did her wicked sense of humour. Mary could be delightfully dark and startlingly brilliant. Always caring deeply for others Mary touched hearts and made friends wherever she went. She was an incredible mother, charming, lovely and sweet, she raised her two children selflessly with joy and pride.

Mary Clare was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John. Left to mourn and treasure her memory are her son Robert, daughter Elizabeth, and many close friends. Mary Clare had a generous and loving heart and a tender spiritual soul. She was taken too soon at age 66 to be with her family and God. Her wonderful smile will always be remembered.

A Celebration of Mary Clare’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service will be held at St. James Cemetery, Toronto, ON at a later date. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Mary Clare Thompson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother Elizabeth and Robert.
    Blessings to Mary on her next journey may she travel safe now that the pain is gone,
    Margrit and Sean Voisin and Family

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  2. Always loved and forever remembered. We will miss you so much.

    Much love to Elizabeth and Robert,

    Terese and Walt Fleming

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  3. Very sorry Elizabeth and Rob…huge lost to your little family – I am glad I got to meet Mary on her last trip to Victoria, sweet lady xo

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  4. Stephanie E Schuur

    Dearest Rob and Elizabeth. My heart breaks for you. I’ve had floods of such wonderful memories of your Mom. Miss Mary brought so much joy to my life! With a heart of gold and a wicked sense of humour, she remained my best friend even with all the changes our families went through. Her smile and laugh lit up my life. I’m sorry I can’t be there to offer a hug and a shoulder. May her light shine on through the two of you! All my love, Stephanie Schuur

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  5. Sincere condolences to Mary’s family. She is remembered fondly from those Vietnam protest days in Toronto. I am sure that she and Mira are catching up in the great beyond.

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  6. Tom and John Vassal

    Rob and Elizabeth, we are so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Mary and your grandparents Bob and Clara were such great friends of ours in the 80s and 90s. Mary became my best friend and we spent many days together every time she visited Toronto. She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved her.

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  7. Michelle and Steve

    I only found out today of Mary’s passing. My husband and I met her over a decade ago and we always stopped to chat and laugh whenever we ran into each other. She was a very nice gal. Our condolences to her daughter and son.

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