And a time to every purpose under heaven,
A time to be born and a time to die,
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to reap and a time to sow,
A time to keep silence and a time to speak.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-7
Our world has forever changed as we announce the passing of Clarence Ernest (Tommy) Thompson, who was born in Little Britain, Ontario, at his grandparent\'s home on January 16, 1917.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Margaret Anne (Rick) and Claire (Alan); brother, John (Lois); nieces, Lynn and Criss; nephews, Doug and Jamie; step-children, Judy, Jane (John), and Greg (Janice); grandsons, Jesse (Lisa), Geoffrey, Rhys, and Bradyn; step-grandchildren, Kate, Casey, Laura, Gregory, Melinda, Debbie, Jeff, Heather, and Bonnie; great-grandchildren, Cassandra, Tristen, Hannah, and Cashtan. Many were touched by his genuine, caring and witty spirit.
Clarence was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret; second wife, Elsie; and sister, Gwen.
Clarence, received his Masters in Meteorology from the University of Toronto in 1941. His career was lengthy: under the federal government he was assigned as meteorologist to Lethbridge 1941, Whitehorse YT 1944, Edmonton Municipal Airport 1948, Officer in Charge, Edmonton International Airport 1959, and Superintendent of General Weather Services 1966. Tommy retired November 30, 1978 and went on to do part time work for the Forestry Fire Weather Office under the provincial government. Meteorological research was a particular love of his and he felt that he helped to develop the forecasting capabilities in a period of little data and prior to the satellite pictures and computer capabilities in forecasting. During WW II, he served his country by aiding in the great pilot training program of the British Commonwealth Training Plan. He felt that \"meteorology\" served Canada very well in the war.
Clarence balanced his life well. He followed his favorite sports teams and loved being outdoors gardening. He sang in church choirs and believed that music heard and appreciated was \'good for the soul\' and general wellbeing. He felt that quality of life came from travel and gave his family many holiday opportunities in Canada and abroad.
He completes his memoirs by saying, \"I feel fortunate to have marched along with good family, good friends, good schools, and good churches through the years. God blessed us all!\"
The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Joseph\'s Auxiliary Hospital and Rutherford Heights Residence for their quality of care and kindness.