Bertil Thomson

Bertil Thomson

Thursday, May 5th, 1938 Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Bertil Thomson

Friends the smile has left the building
Bertil Karl Johannes Thomson was born May 5, 1938 to John & Elsa Thomson. My mother in law always said that they never paid the hospital for him.
Bert grew up in the Rockwood Ave/ Windemere Ave. area in P.A. In that time, he made lasting friendships, developed a love of cars – He had a car before his dad! He played football for Tech and the Port Arthur Mustangs and hockey for the West End Bearcats.
I married Bert in 1965 and he always told people that I had to travel 7000 miles to marry a poor colonial boy! Together we raised 2 children Karen – the apple of his eye and Callum – Cal, Dad was so proud of you! Our family is small, his sister Sonya Ryder, niece Vikki Ryder and her brood, Lauren, Sam and Lana. Nephew Jeff Ryder (Val) and his son Devon and my brother Duncan (Liz) MacKay, my nieces Sian and Catrina and their families.
Then there is our enormous friend family – from lasting grade one friends, to the assessment crew, the fab four, many coffee buddies and the young folks who called Uncle Bert, Uncle Mr. Bert, you were all very special to him.
Please remember his smile, his unjudgmental attitude, his wise cracks, and his one-liners.
A private service will be held and if possible, a get together will happen in summer 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bert’s memory to the Underground Gym or to the Manor House. Please go online to and share your favourite Bert story.

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Sharon McKinnon

Jan, Karen, Callum, My sincere condolences. Bert was an amazing guy! Funny, sweet & so nice to spend time with. He will be missed for sure! Sharon
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Geoff & Chris Higginson

Jan, our heartfelt condolences to you, Karen and Callum. We have fond memories of Bert's smiling face at the many shindigs with the Assessment Office crew and at the retirees coffee mornings. Our prayers are with you.
Geoff and Chris Higginson
Comment | Posted at 02:08pm via Condolence

Shirley MacDonnell

Jan, my deepest condolences to you, Karen and Callum. Bert was always a friendly, funny, laugh loving gentleman. I have fond memories of our times together, especially in the early days of me coming to Thunder Bay. I was always honoured that we shared the same birthday. Hugs to you and heartfelt sympathy. ❤️
Comment | Posted at 01:31pm via Condolence

Bruce Adderley

I was always a fan of Bert's and sincerely enjoyed his company. Although Bert was a bit older as we shared the West End of Port Arthur growing up, he was the older kid who didn't harass we who were younger and was first to help when we needed help. That was especially true at the West End Bearcat skating rink on Clarkson Ave. Please accept my deepest condolences, Jan, and pass them on to your family.
Bruce Adderley
Comment | Posted at 10:01am via Condolence

Maureen and Ian Linton

Sincere condolences to Jan and family. We carry very fond memories of happy conversations with Bert while sipping on a cold beverage under the palm trees in Mexico and Panama
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