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George "Gary" Thompson

Feb 16, 1944 - Dec 4, 2023

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Condor Community Hall. We welcome friends and family to drop in and visit between 1:00 – 3:00PM.

Obituary

George “Gary” Thompson
1944 - 2023

George Gary Thompson passed away peacefully on December 4, 2023, at the Bethany Care Centre in
Sylvan Lake, AB.

He was born February 16, 1944, in Moose Jaw, SK. As a young teenager, his family relocated to Calgary, AB where he eventually met his wife Norma in 1967 and they married in 1968.

In 1972, Gary graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Education. He began his career at David Thompson Junior Senior High School where he and his family lived in the teacherages with others who were also beginning their careers. Gary, Norma and their two young boys soon settled on an acreage just east of Condor, AB.

During his 31-year teaching career, he taught English at David Thompson High School and Will Sinclair High School in Rocky Mountain House. During this time, he had a long-lasting impact on his students and helped shape the minds of many youth.

After retiring, Gary continued to contribute to education in Central Alberta by being elected to the position of Wildrose School Board Trustee in 2008, where he served for three terms.

Gary is predeceased by his father Art, mother Gladys, and sister Marilynne. He leaves behind his wife, Norma and their two sons Jeff (Debbie) and Doug (Joanna), his four grandchildren Chase, Tyler, Jazzlyn and Paige and his sisters Sandi and Sherill and their families.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Condor Community Hall on Saturday, December 16, 2023. We welcome friends and family to drop in and visit between 1:00 – 3:00PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

Condolences

Rita and Dennis Kyncl:

Sending our deepest condolences to Norma and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sorry we can’t attend Gary’s celebration of life.

Dana Fisher:

Sincere condolences to you and your family. He was probably my most memorable teacher. I enjoyed the years I had him as a English teacher in Rocky and always got a kick out of him.

Michelle Schmidek (nee Bradley):

Mr. Thompson was a favorite teacher of mine (and I'm sure many others) at Rocky High/Will Sinclair. We loved his dry sense of humor and how he made English assignments interesting and relevant. He was an excellent English teacher and a kind mentor to his students. I remember when we had to do a speech in grade 12 and how terrified I was. He went row by row having everyone go up and do their speech. When it was supposed to be my turn, he skipped over me and went on to the next student. After class, he told me he didn't have me present my speech because he saw how white I had gone and didn't want me to faint up at his podium. For the rest of the year when there was a reading to do, he would have me go up to the front and do the reading to help me get over my fear of public speaking. I will never forget your kindness and compassion Mr. T! May you rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Norma.

Teresa Willigar :

My deepest sympathies to you Jeff and your entire family on the loss of your dear dad. Although it's been 28 years since we were room mates Jeff, I remember it very fondly as it was a great time at the beginning of our careers. Sending love and hugs so you know you are not alone in your grief! Love Teresa

Kathy Murch:

My heartfelt condolence to you Norma, Jeff, Doug and families. Gary was passionate about education and I enjoyed many conversations with him as a Trustee of Wild Rose School Division. I pray that you find peace in your memories of him.

Bonnie Miller:

I first met Gary when I was working at David Thompson School as an E. A. Norma and I became friends and through her I got to know Gary. After I left D. T. I also spent 3 years as a Wild Rose School Board Trustee. I had many great discussions with Gary over those three years. We often travelled together to various conferences and he became a good friend. He was a gentleman and a scholar, with a great sense of humour. He will be dearly missed.

Lorraine Woollard:

I had the good fortune of ‘sharing a wall’ with Gary at Will Sinclair for many years as we taught English side-by-side. The famous Mr. T strode the hall like a Colossus (he taught me this reference). Norma — I am sure Gary’s death is leaving a big hole in your life but take some consolation in the notion that he continues to live on in the minds and the hearts of all those students (and colleagues) he befriended and seek some comfort in your family and friends.

Woolly

Carol O’Brien:

Sincere condolences to your family. Gary taught English down the hall from me when I started my teaching career at Will Sinclair in 1987. He offered great advice and the voice of reason and experience for me as a new teacher. Later, I had the chance to work with Jeff at Pioneer School. Fun times! My last few years at David Thompson with the Condor staff allowed me to reunite with Norma, a true ‘gem’ to the profession. Sending hugs to the family.

Meaghan Reist:

I worked as Jeff’s Vice Principal for 3 years and had the privilege of knowing who Gary was (and what he stood for) as an educator. I am so grateful for the wisdom I must have assumed from him through his son Jeff, his daughter in law Debbie, and their beautiful kids. My heart and grief sit with the family during this impossible time.

What a cool man Gary must have been to raise such amazing kids and grandkids. It has been a blessing to know all. ~Meaghan Reist

Tammy Pike:

Mr. Thompson taught me many moons ago at Will Sinclair High School in Rocky. He was one of those memorable teachers that had a real impact on my learning. He even taught me how to appreciate Shakespeare. I am sorry to hear of his passing. May your many memories of him and knowing of the positive impact he had on so many in the community ease your loss.

Adrienne (Winkel)Potter:

Norma, Jeff, Doug & families… I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My deepest heartfelt condolences.

Delores Bird:

Norma, I am so very sorry to read this of Gary’s passing. I have some lovely memories of spending time with you two and all the teachers in the Rocky area. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Richard Siler:

As one of the David Thompson young teachers I was immediately befriended by Gary and we spent many years teaching together in Rocky Mountain School Division. Sitting and visiting with him was always a highlight whether a year end BBQ or just a chance meeting. I was delighted when he moved across the street in Sylvan Lake two years ago and we got to resume our visits.
I’ll miss his intelligent and unbiased perspective on life and people. Always a joy to talk to and always a friend.
RIP my friend.
Richard

Samantha & David Laramee :

Gary was always so welcoming and easy to talk with. My husband and I love visiting with both Gary and Norma when we would come out to Alberta.
Our deepest condolences to his family. Hugs to all.

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