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Williamina Hamilton Thompson

27 January, 192627 March, 2021
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Winnie passed away on March 27, 2021 at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Halifax, NS. She was born 95 years ago in Gourock, Scotland on January 27, 1926 to John and Catherine (nee Brown) Davidson.

She lived in Gourock throughout her teenage years and worked at the post office after finishing school. She remembered all the hardship the war years brought to Scotland. The only positive result of those times was meeting the love of her life, Harry, who met Winnie at a dance while in Europe serving with the Canadian Navy. He was smitten and proposed to her on the telephone while on training in Ireland. They married on April 30, 1948 in Scotland and Winnie soon came to Toronto on the ship “Empress of Canada” through Pier 21 in Halifax. Harry was stationed in Dartmouth after the war serving on Canada’s aircraft carriers and at the Shearwater Naval Air Station. They lived on Celtic Drive in Dartmouth where their children were born and where they made lifelong friendships with neighbours. After Harry retired from the Navy they moved back to live in Toronto where Harry worked for Air Canada and Winnie worked for Eaton’s. In 1979 they moved to Milton, Ontario where they developed deep friendships at Knox Presbyterian Church. Winnie enjoyed bridge clubs in Milton and made many lasting friendships. They were also fortunate to have wonderful neighbours there. She and Harry just recently moved back to Nova Scotia to be closer to the immediate family. Winnie enjoyed family, bridge, knitting and was extremely proud of her Scottish ancestry. She was a political junkie and loved to have robust discussions on the politics of the day.

Winne was predeceased by her parents and brothers John and George. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 73 years Harold (Harry) Thompson, daughter Catherine Nelson (Kelly), son Mark Thompson (Mollie MacGregor), grandchildren Lindsay Wickstrom (Cindy), Steven Nelson (Rebecca), Kirk Thompson (Alorah Goodfellow), Mollie Thompson (Jason Teichroeb), and great grandchildren Zoe and Grace Nelson, all of Halifax, NS.

Funeral arrangements have been made with JA Snow Funeral Home. There will be a family only service and Interment will take place at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax. Memorial donations may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, 170 Main St. E Milton. ON.

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Peter Kaps

14 April 2021

Uncle Harold

Mei and I are at a lose for words. But I do have very warm memories
When you and Auntie Winnie invited us to Dartmouth, almost 60 years ago.
It was such a memorable occasion to this day. I still have the gigantic lobster claw you both gave to me from your lobster roast.
We always looked forward to mingling with Auntie Winnie at the Thompson Picnic’s & Christmas parties. She will always be in our hearts.

Keeping you in our Prayers
Love
Peter & Mei Kaps

Laurie MacNab

6 April 2021

Dear Harold and family...Harold, I cannot call you Harry after all these years even though it seems to be the favourite address. My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Winnie. I only knew her from my phone calls to you for Veteran and legion events, Canada Day, anything that allowed you to come out and march proudly. I would call, Winnie always answered and when she found out who was calling, would say...dear, I know you really want to talk to Harold. I barely got to know this sweet lady that everyone else has written so lovingly about! I wish you lots of wonderful memories and good times down in Nova Scotia. Lucky you, such a beautiful part of our country. I will sleuth out your address so I can remember you on VE Day, D Day, Canada Day and Remembrance. Our parades will not be the same without you. With lots of love, dear friend! Laurie MacNab, Milton

Gwen Buckley

5 April 2021

To Harry and Family

So sorry to hear of Winnie's passing.Winnie was always kind to our parents, Ruby and Ivan Armstrong.
We will always remember her thoughtfulness.
Cherish the Memories.

Charlene Foxcroft/Gwen Buckley

Walker Family Walker

4 April 2021

Winn will be missed by her friends- she was a great bridge player and always shared some great stories with the girls-our Grandma Walker being one of them----- Harry always would make it out to the farm to pick some rhubarb, get some chicken manure for his garden and have a visit with the guys and tell them some old war stories. Sorry to hear that they left Milton and that Harry has lost his Winnie--- Hugs the Walkers

Margaret McLardy

2 April 2021

Harry, Catherine, Mark and family, I am so sorry to hear of Winnie's passing. I remember meeting her for the first time at Knox Presbyterian Church. She was formidable and was set in her ways when it came to church function set ups. As I got to know her better, her warmth and sense of humour shone through. I loved spending time with her at Sunday coffee hour.
I will miss the phone calls from both her and Harry when they needed plumbing help from my husband. These conversations always ended in laughter.
Winnie will be sorely missed. God definitely has a beautiful angel in Heaven. May God bless you all.

Bill Uhrig

2 April 2021

Harry and Family:
I was unaware that you had moved back east but have missed running into you at the bank or the grocery store even during these covid times. I remember Winnie and her sharp wit and the scotch accent, her lovingly arranging the flowers at Knox Church and always seeing her sitting in the back pew on Sunday mornings. I remember meeting both of you in Food Basics one morning and you were complaining of a bad knee Winnie looked at you then me and stated it's nothing he thinks he's old and I m trying to convince him he is still young but it doesn't seem to be working. She was wonderful with words you understood every word. Winnie lived to a good age and almost 73 years of marriage well also wonderful. Harry may the Good Lord take you under his wing and guide you through your loss. Memories are the best help. keep them close and Winnie will never be far away.
Will your Anchor Hold ? I am sure it will
God speed Harry.
Bill Uhrig

David Marshall

2 April 2021

Harry, I was shocked to see Winnie’s notice. I enjoyed seeing you and Winnie at Knox and didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. You were always so kind to my mother as well, thank you.
Take care,
Dave Marshall and family

Susan MacDonald ( Dillman)

31 March 2021

To Mr. Thompson, Cathy, Mark and families.
So many memories of our time growing up on Celtic Drive filled my thoughts after reading the obituary today. Those special times carried over to our days at Dalhousie .
You were truly blessed to have your Mom with you all of this time. Keep your happy memories closest to your heart!
With deepest sympathy,
Susan and family

Muriel MacLeod

31 March 2021

Harry and your family,
My deepest condolences to you all. I loved Winnie and admired her growing old with grace. We always had so much fun playing bridge, our yearly trip to Ashley’s plus other outings.
I feel for you Harry and can feel your great loss. You were definitely soulmates. Take comfort in your great memories.
Muriel MacLeod and family

PAUL AND JANE BARRY

31 March 2021

Thompson Family,
Mr.Thompson, Mark and Cathy,
Saddened to see Mrs.Thompson's Obituary in the paper today. A lovely lady(loved the Caramel Apples on Halloween) who was one of the Motherly Lookout Patrol on Celtic Drive who kept an eye on the crazy "goings on" of us young guys as we grew up on the street !
The statement in the Obit:
"Lifelong Friendships" on Celtic Drive definitely hit a note with me.
For sure, our thoughts and prayers are with your Family at this time.
Paul and Jane Barry

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