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ROBERT KEITH THOMPSON (published on June 08, 2010)



ROBERT KEITH THOMPSON August 8, 1922 June 3, 2010 As the result of congestive heart failure, Bob passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital at 87 years of age on Thursday, June 3. He leaves to mourn him, his wife Lilly, daughter Judith (Werner) Danchura, son Lindsay (Christine), and daughter Karen (James) Froese; his grandchildren, Andrea and Stuart (Suzie) Thompson, and Jordan and Braden Froese; his great-grandchildren, Matthew and Shawn Thompson; his sister Helen Hudson of New York; his sisters-in-law, Florence Thompson of BC, Gerda Bouchard, Anne Winmill, Margaret Goodridge; brother-in-law Gordon Petersen of Calgary and numerous nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Russell and Margaret; his brothers, baby Russell and Rae; and his sisters, baby Jean and Doreen; nephew young Rae; brothers-in-law, Edwin, Joe, Art, Norman, Paul and Victor; and sisters-in-law, Evelyn and Kathy. Bob was born and raised on a farm in La Riviere, MB and moved to Winnipeg in his teen years. He attended Daniel McIntyre, completed grade 11 and he began work at the Canada Cement Plant in Fort Whyte. In June of 1941, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and proudly served overseas in dangerous waters on the HMCS Mimico as an AZDIK operator, or ping merchant until his discharge on November 19, 1945. He returned to Fort Whyte to work at Canada Cement for the next 42 years until his retirement in 1987. For over 20 years, he was president of the United Cement Lime and Gypsum Workers' Union, Local 274. Upon his return from the war, Bob also met the love of his life, Lilly Petersen, and they just recently celebrated 64 years of marriage on May 16, 2010. Bob and Lil spent many happy hours playing bingo at the Fort Garry, Fort Rouge and St. James legions. Bob was also a sports lover. He was an avid curler, bowler, hunter and golfer until back pain forced him to become an armchair sportsman. Dad was a large presence in all our lives, both physically and emotionally, and he will be missed dearly. The family would like to thank Dr. Permack and Sandy, home care nurse Leanne, and the pharmacy team, Jan, Barb and Gail for all their help throughout the years. We would also like to thank the care team on the 4th floor at the Victoria Hospital for their care this past month. Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral home, 4000 Portage with a reception to follow at the same location. Cremation has already taken place. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's name may be made to the charity of your choice. Chapel Lawn 885-9715


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