Dawn Lee Thompson

October 9, 1946August 31, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Dawn L. Thompson announces her death, which occurred in her Charlottesville, VA home on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:15 pm. She died after surviving nine years with brain cancer. Dawn was born in Alexandria, VA on October 9, 1946 to Evelyn (Fitton) Thompson and William D. Thompson who preceded her in death. Dawn will be lovingly remembered by her husband John D’earth, her children, Daphne D’earth Latham and Ian Sigmund, her brother, Brett Thompson, her sister, Terri Garver, her nephews, William Thompson and Johnny Garver, her niece, Courtney Garver, and her granddaughter, Mirabelle Luna Metcalfe. Dawn was a noted singer/songwriter/poet, a beloved UVA voice instructor, and a role model for several generations of creative musicians who were inspired by her artistry, her ideas, and her sound. During the seventies she lived in New York City establishing her band, Cosmology, with musicians like drummer Robert Jospe, guitarist John Abercrombie, and her life-long musical collaborator, and husband, John D’earth. She was an instrumental force in generating the famously vibrant music scene Charlottesville is known for today. A founding member of the Prism Coffee House, before moving to New York, her return, with her band and her music in the eighties, had an inspirational effect on local musicians some of whom are now well known. Dawn also served on Charlottesville’s Board of Architectural Review for eight years in an effort to protect and preserve Charlottesville's buildings and properties in the historic district. Dawn Thompson’s Memorial Celebration will take place on Sunday, September 17th, at 1:00 PM, at the Jefferson Theater on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the SPCA, local Hospice, or Environmental Groups.


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Hank Wells

September 28, 2017

On behalf of Sam Hill Entertainment, thank you John for all the opportunities we had to work with you and Dawn together over the last 20 years. She had incredible talent and presence and when she sang everyone in the room felt it. She will not be forgotten. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.

Nancy Blitz

September 21, 2017

I found my soul sister in Dawn many years ago. For hours we would sit sharing stories of our life as we were not spring chicks when we met. During the memorial service I sat and listened to those same stories being shared by those who loved and knew her well. Yes she was private, yes she was opinionated, yes she loved and yes some people irritated her. She was not perfect and did not try to be. What she strived to be was the best Dawn that she could be and boy did she succeed!!! I love you Dawn and miss you in my life. Until we meet again, fly high soul sister :)

Cayce Wallace

September 18, 2017

Dearest Dawn,
Thank you. Thank you for your amazing spirit. Thank you for your beautiful voice and equally beautiful way about you. Thank you for Dunlora and the magical times there with you, John, Daphne and Ian. Fireflies and thunder storms and laughter and music and community, I felt to grateful for being welcomed. Your family is such a gift. May your joureny be filled with light and love. May you know how many hearts you have touched.

Dearest John, Daphne and Ian, May you each know the heartfelt gratitude so many people hold for knowing each of you. What a gift each one of you are. Mirabele, you darling magical spirit! You come from a line of amazing women and you clearly have the same grace, song and spirit! Thank you for carrying on the legacy of your grandmother!
May all your hearts be filled with love and peace.
Cayce Wallace

Noel Lobley

September 18, 2017

Dear John and family,

We are thinking of you all and sending you love and condolences for Dawn's passing. Much love to you all in kindness,

Noel, Nomi, Zakir and Kieran

Susan Wright

September 18, 2017

I have so many wonderful memories of Dawn, thanks to Tandem and Daphne bringing us together. She was kind to me when I needed it most, and I will never forget. I am so sorry for your limitless loss.

Kritin and Natalie Painter

September 17, 2017

We're so sorry for your loss Daphne, we're sending you and yours warm thoughts and hugs.

Michelle Majorin

September 17, 2017

My deepest sympathies to Daphne and her family, and to all those who knew and loved Dawn. I wish peace for her send my love and support.

Winslow Savage

September 17, 2017

Thinking of you and your family in love, strength, and courage in your loss. Wishing you comfort with your family and friends in remembrance of Dawn's beauty and gifts.

Kristi Williams

September 17, 2017

Dawn and John were some of my first friends when I moved to Charlottesville in 2003. Their music and her angelic voice lifted me up during a hard time in my life, and I will be forever grateful for our long afternoon chats while I loved up on her kitties (especially Luna). She was such a beautiful woman, and "Smoke & Mirrors" will forever be one of my favorite songs. My deepest condolences to John and Daphne ❤❤❤

Lew & Lisa Morrison

September 16, 2017

Deepest condolences & love to John & his family. Dawn's music will live on forever.