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Born: Mar 30, 1946

Date of Passing: Oct 18, 2018

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DOUGLAS (WAYNE) THOMPSON March 30, 1946 - October 18, 2018 Wayne passed away peacefully, on October 18, the result of a tragic fall on June 5. He is survived by Cindy Tinsley, his wife of 31 years, as well as brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Theresa Tinsley. Wayne was orphaned at the age of eight and was welcomed by his aunt and uncle, Peg and Art Brown, into their growing family. He considered Art and Peg to be his real Mom and Dad. Wayne was forever grateful for their love and support. He is also survived by his brother Bill (Juanita) Brown; sisters, Cheryl McMurter, Bev Blakely, and Betty Corcoran; and many nieces and nephews. He often reminisced about good times at the Brown cottage on Lake Mazinaw. Wayne moved with the Browns from Ottawa, to Kingston and ultimately to Shilo where he began his university studies earning a Bachelor of Science and ultimately a Masters of Educational Administration. It was in Shilo that he met his best friend, Doug Jordan. Wayne began his career in education at Lowe Farm, then Pierson Collegiate before making Assiniboine South (now Pembina Trails) School Division his teaching home. He taught at Dieppe and then began his career as an administrator at Beaverlodge, then Westdale Junior High School and retired from Oak Park High School. Wayne was a gifted educator, but gave so much more by coaching and managing activities from curling, cheerleading, basketball and to his ultimate passion, Women's High School Hockey. His dedication was recognized by the league's championship trophy being named in his honour. Wayne had many hobbies - photography, baking bread and cookies, building everything from sheds to skunk traps, cross country skiing and fishing. He approached all of these activities with focus and precision. He was an avid reader, especially of the newspapers and never missed a crossword or sudoku. He loved music! Wayne had a great sense of humour, but you had to pay attention. Wayne was a wonderful addition to the Tinsley clan. Many Christmas dinners, work and play at the Tinsley cottage at Brereton Lake, and family milestones were enriched by Wayne's presence. He was a supportive husband to Cindy in all her professional and personal endeavours. Instead of enjoying a well-deserved rest during winter break, he drove Cindy to Texas for a decade, so her Dad did not spend Christmas without family. When his in-laws were in failing health, Wayne participated fully in their care. Wayne was a true introvert but enjoyed the company of his friends and colleagues. He was happiest when he was doing things for other people. A celebration of Wayne's life will be held at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, (across from Brookside Cemetery) on Monday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oak Table, 109 Pulford Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1X8 or a charity of your choice. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 27, 2018

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to miss Tinsley, my grade 8 teacher at St. Andrews,.You were a great inspiration for me, i can only imagine the love and joy that your marriage portrayed, God bless and keep. Former student. - Posted by: Mike (Student ) on: Feb 06, 2020

  • Wayne came to us after loosing his Mother when he was 8 years old. At first, I was not happy to have to take him with me everywhere I went. I soon got over it and Wayne and I got along famously over the years. Wayne and I did some things that we would not do on our own lol. Nothing illegal of course!! Wayne and I remained close after he stayed in Winnipeg and the family moved back to Kingston. We would call each other every week or so and emailed as well, although I think Wayne would rather talk on the phone. Wayne would come down and visit us in the summer quite a bit and I went out there with my wife Juanita a few times. Juanita and I will truly miss Wayne. Say hello to everyone up there for me will ya. - Posted by: Bill Brown (Brother) on: Oct 30, 2018

  • Cindy, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Wayne. I remember him from our ASSD days when we would all meet in the gym to find out how salary negotiations were going or when I took grade 6 students from Westgrove to Westdale to tour the school and meet Mr. Thompson. He tried to "scare straight" the potential junior highs, but he could not hide the twinkle in his eyes. Condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Nina Logan (colleague) on: Oct 29, 2018

  • I first met Mr. Thompson while attending Westdale junior high. He was one of the best principals and a truly good person. Mr. Thompson greeted his students each morning as we arrived at Westdale Junior high and within the first week seemed to know each of his students first and last names. He always called us miss or mister, never by our first names. I remember one morning, I called him Wayne, as a way of saying you can call me by my first name too, he gave me “the look” and then replied with a sparkle in his eye and the tiniest of smirks, “Have a nice day Miss Brophy.” to which I replied, “You too Mr. Thompson” as I did every morning thereafter. If you caught yourself day dreaming during class or glance longingly towards the classroom door waiting for the bell to ring, you would see Mr. Thompson’s head in the window beside the door, he was always there. He was always supporting us; he never missed a volleyball or basketball game, band concerts or test days. We never wondered if he was going to show up but when. When Mr. Thompson started at Oak Park High school, I thought what are the chances he will remember us from WJH. His first morning started with greeting each one of us by name as we walked through the forum. He was a stickler for a meticulously clean forum floor. Always pointing out the paper or wrapper we “dropped” so we could retrieve it or the day he tried to pick up that quarter that was mysteriously glued to that said floor. The smile he wore when he realized what had been done was priceless, one I will never forget. Mr. Thompson was one of the greats, he will be missed. - Posted by: Leah Brophy (former student) on: Oct 29, 2018

  • Thank you Mr. Thompson for all your dedication and hard work over the years at Oak Park. All the extra hours you spent with us in the hockey rinks never went unnoticed. Thank you, you will truly be missed. - Posted by: Jillian Harris (Oak Park student 2000-2003) on: Oct 28, 2018

  • I have many fond memories of Mr Thompson, he was a great teacher and principal. He was kind, fair, expecting the best from his students. His smile lit up the room. Rest in peace - Posted by: Tammy Kasak (Former Student) on: Oct 27, 2018

  • Cindy, I was saddened to hear of your loss. - Posted by: Gerald Fontaine (Friend) on: Oct 27, 2018

  • Mr. Thompson was such a kind man. I had the opportunity to play woman's high school hockey for a year at Oak Park, and he was such a huge support. When I didn't make the team the following year, he made me and another friend official scorekeepers. So very sorry to hear of your loss. - Posted by: Kristen (past student) on: Oct 27, 2018

  • I remember Mr. Thompson from my 3 years at Westdale. He was gentle but stern. He was in charge of our school curling league, I remember him being at our weekly games. Any time that I saw Mr Thompson after my time at Westdale, he always remembered my name and asked how I was doing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time. Rest well and in peace, Mr Thompson. - Posted by: Nicole S (Student at Westdale Jr High) on: Oct 27, 2018

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