25 July , 19391 July , 2018

Allan Roy Thomson July 25, 1939-July 1, 2018 Passed away peacefully on July 1, 2018. Al was born in Abbotsford, BC where he had a humble upbringing on a small dairy farm. Al married his wife of 62 years and lifetime soul mate, Patricia in 1956. Within a year, they had their first son and at the age of 16, with only a grade 9 education, Al set out to join the work force. Realizing the odds were not in his favour, he worked days and went to school at night, eventually earning his grade 12 diploma. This allowed him enter trade school and earn 4th class Power Engineer ticket at age 18. All while working full time. To earn his 2nd class ticket, Al held many jobs and he and Pat moved to several towns throughout BC. Looking for a better opportunity for him and his family, Al read an ad for an Industrial Sales Rep covering Western Canada. He applied and with his experience and qualifications, was hired by Johns Manville Co. in 1963. Through hard work and determination, he outperformed the competition and established J-M as a leading brand in Canadian industry. In 1967, Al saw an opportunity to become a distributor for J-M and open his own business in Alberta. Risking his home and all he had acquired up to the age of 27, Al opened the family business now known as the A.R. Thomson Group. After several years of his determined sales work, business grew and Al opened another branch in Vancouver and moved the family back to BC. Over the years, through Al’s leadership and dedication of his family, support of friends and many outstanding employees, the business continued to grow. New locations were added across Canada and internationally. Over his lifetime, Al was a devoted family man who was highly dedicated to his wife Pat and five kids, providing unconditional support and invaluable guidance. He greatly appreciated his employees and operated his business with their best interests at heart. Al had very sharp wit and loved to have a laugh and be part of any social function. He had a strong belief in modesty, integrity and fair play in all aspects of his life. He is remembered as a true gentleman and a man who led by example, sacrificing today for a brighter future for his family and employees tomorrow. The world has lost a bright star, but his legacy, his ethics and his principles will shine on eternally. Al leaves behind his dear wife Pat, daughters Debbie and Lisa, sons Jim, Gord and Todd; Sisters Marj and Dorothy as well as 18 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nephews and nieces. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at the Hazelmere Golf Club located at 18150-8th Ave, Surrey, BC. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.



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Dean McLean

30 July 2018

I will always remember when you hired me back in 1984'
The good times, life lessons, guidance and opportunities you provided for me and my entire family. You were always available and there if needed with an open door policy.
I have fond memories of the talks and laughter we enjoyed over the years and will miss you.
You guided me for both Business and Personal life, Fairness, Integrity and Professionalism and how you conduct yourself every day.
you will never be forgotten and always appreciated your guidance.......
Dean McLean

Shannon Thomson

21 July 2018

Every day for the past several years, the memory of one of our frequent conversations enters my mind. Some of your first words to me when we come together have always been “Still working hard?” After assuring you that I still was, you always responded with a proud “Atta girl, don’t work too hard! Take care of yourself.”

There really are no words that can perfectly describe the way Grandpa has and will continue to, influence the lives of those closest to him. Especially with his family. I owe so much of who I am to him; his values, ability to push the limits, admirable work ethic, family-first mentality and witty sense of humour are just a few examples of virtue I am honoured to have inherited from him.

You are missed, but your spirit lives on.
Until we meet again xo

Eric Thomson

20 July 2018

Grandpa will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all. His work ethic, morals, and family values were a cornerstone to my upbringing. I am very thankful for his positive influence on my life. We could always count on grandpa to be at any family event, ensuring our family ties stayed strong. Rest In Peace, Grandpa.


16 July 2018

Working with Al and family at AR Thomson holds many great memories for me. I am sad to hear about Al's passing, my heart goes out to Pattie May and send heartfelt condolences to the family.