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Date of Passing: Jan 06, 2020

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Peacefully on January 6, 2020, Dennis Thompson passed away with family by his side in Belleair, Florida, at the age of 77 years.
Dennis will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Kathy; son Doug; grandchildren, Adam and Charlotte; sister Linda Blake; nephew Robert Metcalfe, along with extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his son Dennis; parents, Kathleen and Erwin Thompson; grandparents, Laura and Douglas Shackell, Janet and Joe Thompson; brother-in-law Richard Blake and nephew Richard Blake.
Dad was born and raised in Portage la Prairie, and proudly called Portage his home. In his early years, he worked in the family business called Portage Garage. He later became President of Portage Dodge Chrysler. Dad was a driving force behind establishing Portage Leisure Centre in 1973 and acquired the Toyota franchise in 1980. His strong work ethic and keen business sense served the companies and his family well. He was a respected businessman and treated people fairly. He also served as a director with the Portage Mutual Insurance Company for over 20 years.
Mom and Dad enjoyed wonderful trips and their life in Florida. Many special friendships have been formed over the years. Dad enjoyed golf in the winter and fishing in the summer at Lake of the Woods with his special companion Niko. He always enjoyed having a project on the go! Our family will cherish the memories and the legacy he has left.
A family service will be held at a later date with interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Donations gratefully accepted to a charity of one's choice.

A tree will be planted and cared for by
McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 29, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dearest Kathy and family, I have just learned of Denny's passing from June Webster. This is such sad news and unexpected. I hope that Denny and Ken will meet in the great beyond to continue their close friendship. I've been totally grateful for the times we have shared in Portage. My sincere condolences to you, Kathy, your son and family. Denny will always be in my thoughts. Sincerely, Sheila Finlay - Posted by: Sheila Finlay and Ken Wiley (deceased) (friend) on: Feb 29, 2020

  • Dear Kathy and Family, We are so saddened to hear of Dennis’ passing. We have many wonderful memories of times spent at Clear Lake in the “Old Campground” and when you had the cottage next door to Mom and Dad (Sheila and Dick Murphy). Please accept our heartfelt condolences, Sincerely, Kerry and Bob Green - Posted by: Kerry and Bob Green (Friend) on: Feb 29, 2020

  • So sad to hear of Dennis’s passing. He was a wonderful man and always was a delight to converse with. My father-in-Law George Ryder was his business partner for years and always expressed his highest praise for Dennis and all of the Thompson family. Honesty, integrity, and the customer comes first always was top of mind at Portage Garage and The Leisure Centre. Krista and I will remember him fondly forever. - Posted by: Don Zeghers (Friend) on: Feb 29, 2020

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