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Born: Aug 25, 1923

Date of Passing: Sep 27, 2012

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REGINALD (REG) SPEECHLEY THOMPSON August 25, 1923 - September 27, 2012 Peacefully, on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Poseidon Care Centre, our beloved husband, father and grandfather Reg Thompson passed away at the age of 89. Reg will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years Betty (nee Waters), son David and daughter-in-law Laurie, son Gary (Susan), and grandchildren Amy and Jordan, as well as his sister Edna Smith and family, brother-in-law Roy Waters and family, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Reg was born in Hamiota, Manitoba, and spent his early years working on the family farm in McConnell, along with his eight brothers and sisters. During the Second World War, Reg joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada, and was deployed to France, where he saw action on the front lines. He was wounded in battle, but after a recovery period in England, he eventually rejoined his regiment to complete his service. Reg was a very proud Veteran, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion until his passing. In 1950, Reg and Betty were married and moved to their first house on Banning Street, where they lived for 55 years. Reg worked for most of his career at Bristol Aerospace, starting in 1953, as an aircraft mechanic and retiring in 1988, as a Supervisor. Reg had a lifelong interest in aircraft. Reg and Betty were avid bowlers, bowling in several leagues at a time, and eventually organizing their own social league. Reg also loved to spend two weeks every summer at a lakeside cottage in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He had many fond memories of good times at the lake with his family, and later with his grandchildren. He was always up for a game of badminton or lawn darts! Reg was a skilled handyman who could fix anything around the house, often leaving the rented cottage in better shape than he found it. Reg will be remembered for his kindness and generosity of spirit, as well as his keen sense of humour which remained with him until the end. The family expresses their thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff on the fifth floor of Poseidon Care Centre for their kind and compassionate care, and as well to Reg's many caregivers over the past few years. A private celebration of Reg's life has taken place at the Garden of Memories, Neil Bardal Funeral Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6. "One sunny mornin' we'll rise I know, And I'll meet you further on up the road." - Johnny Cash Rest in peace, Dad. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE (204) 949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 06, 2012

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I flew with Don Tulloch as a member of the Canadian Forces Test Crew at Bristol Aerospace from 1970 to '73. During that time I grew to know and to trust Reg. Reg was always straight forward, honest, totally reliable and discreet. He and Ed Poirier and their crew were a pleasure to work with. In a business where safety was paramount Reg ensured his crew's work was above reproach. Reg's word was his bond! I learned from him and I greatly enjoyed working with him. God's Speed, Reg. May you Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Ron Egli (acquaintance / co-worker) on: Oct 15, 2012

  • Hi Betty, Sorry to hear about the recent passing of Reg. Reg was a great guy and a wonderful man to work for. One thing about Reg you always knew where you stood and he was always up front with you. Reg is the one that pointed me in the right direction and thanks to Reg I also be came a supervisor and then a manager. Reg was highly respected and like by all those that worked for him. Reg made differences to many people's lives and all for the better. Best to you and your family. Alan Butler - Posted by: ALAN & LINDA BUTLER (Worked for Reg at Bristol) on: Oct 14, 2012

  • `Our condolences from the Cameron Association in Canada to all of Reg's family and friends. - Posted by: Hugh O'Donnell (The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada) on: Oct 12, 2012

  • Although we didn't see Uncle Reg much we will certainly remember his great sense of humour. There is a great picture of Reg, Ted, and my dad Bill in their army uniforms after they joined up and were sent overseas. They certainly looked like trouble! Our condolences to Aunt Betty ,Gary, and David and your families Thinking of you from John and Susan and Family. - Posted by: John Thompson (nephew) on: Oct 06, 2012

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Neil Bardal Funeral Centre (Winnipeg)

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