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THE REV. CANON ARTHUR N. THOMPSON

Date of Passing: Mar 26, 2004

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THE REV. CANON ARTHUR N. THOMPSON C.D., PH. D., D.D. Born in Toronto, the second of three children of Arthur Chinnock Thompson and Grace Louise Pearce, Arthur was called to wider service in the early morning of March 26, 2004. Dr. Thompson received his early education in the Toronto public schools, and earned his bachelors degree from the University of Toronto (Trinity College) in 1952. He then studied divinity at Wycliffe College, and after graduation was ordained into the Anglican Church of Canada on May 1, 1955. Arthur completed a three year curacy under Rev. Robert Dann at St. Georges Anglican Church on-the-Hill in Islington, Toronto. At that point the opportunity presented itself to join the DEW Line as a Protestant chaplain for the eastern Arctic. For one and a half years, he travelled from site to site from the eastern tip of Baffin Island to Cambridge Bay, visiting the personnel and taking services. He was also a reserve officer in the Canadian navy for more than a quarter century. Arthur was a life-long scholar, with a special interest in history. He was accepted to St. Johns College Cambridge and, with savings in hand, moved to England in 1959 to write a Ph. D. thesis on the history of the Church in western Canada. There he met his future wife, Gwyneth Mary Hawkins, whom he married on October 1, 1960. They moved back to Toronto in 1962 with a son, Christopher, where Arthur took up a position as Director of Missionary Education for the Anglican Church of Canada. A daughter Deborah arrived the next year, followed by a son Timothy in 1965. The urge to become a parish priest took hold, and in May 1964 Arthur became rector of St. Johns Anglican Church in Kingston. Like all of his parish appointments, this involved some aspect of church building. He moved to Winnipeg in April 1969 to become rector of St. Georges Church, and would be based in that city for the rest of his life. Arthurs final parish appointment was in St. Philips Church, Winnipeg, from which he retired in 1995. Throughout his years as a minister, Arthur maintained a selfless devotion to his parishioners, and to spreading the word of the Gospel. He wrote several books for Church laypeople, and for almost a decade contributed a column on religion to the Winnipeg Tribune. He volunteered as a priest in charge on a number of occasions, in places as far afield as Timmins, ON. His last such appointment was at St. Chads Anglican Church in Winnipeg. Arthur also took a special interest in clerical education, and was a tireless fundraiser. He served for almost forty years as a trustee of Wycliffe College, and was also an honorary Doctor of Divinity of the University of Emmanuel College in Saskatoon. He was a canon of St. Johns Cathedral in the diocese of Rupertsland. Arthur Thompson is survived by his wife and children; brother Walter; sister Elizabeth; grandson Jakie; son-in-law Michael; and daughter-in-law Carolyn. A celebration of Arthurs life, for all family and friends, will be held on Wednesday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Aidans Church, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: EDWARD J. COUTU LTD. 680 Archibald St. 253-5086

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 30, 2004

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