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May 18, 1935 - November 1, 2023

In loving memory ~

It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of William Thomson, affectionately known as Papa. Bill was born on May 18, 1935, and peacefully passed away on November 1, 2023, at the age of 88 surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born in Leslie, Scotland to Richard and Agnus Thomson. He was the first-born. His journey in life was a testament to his strength and independence, with remarkable stories he loved telling of his youth. As a young boy, he embarked on many adventures riding his "pedal bike" through the picturesque landscapes of Scotland. His determination and love for adventure even led him across borders into France on his "pedal bike" creating stories that would be retold over the years.

On April 20, 1957, Bill married the love of his life, Carol, marking the start of a beautiful journey together. His commitment to Carol just grew the longer they were married. Carol had Alzheimer's in her later years and Bill cared for her with a compassion that never wavered.

Bill's life was characterized by hard work. At just 10 years old, he began to contribute to his family's support and he continued to work hard until health issues required him to retire. He loved working in the construction industry and built houses, hotels and various other projects throughout his career. He always called himself "a wood butcher".

One of his most cherished achievements was obtaining his pilot's license and owning a four-seater Cessna airplane. Flying was his passion and an expression of the freedom he cherished. He loved to talk about doing a knife edge and other flying techniques. Together with his wife and family, he enjoyed countless camping adventures and travelled to places like Arizona, Vegas, Reno, and Florida creating precious memories along the way.

Bill's love for his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren was unwavering, though he often chose to convey it with a knowing glance or a subtle smile. He had a unique ability to balance seriousness and silliness, adding a special touch to family gatherings without needing to say much.

Bill is survived by his children, Carrie (Murray), Clayton, Rick, and Shona (Dale), as well as eleven grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-granddaughters, his sister Leslie and his dog Mabel.

His beloved wife, Carol, his parents and his sister Annette preceded him in their journey home. Bill's legacy lives on in the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted dad, a cherished papa, great-papa and great-great-papa. His memory will forever brighten the lives of those who loved him.

A private family graveside service will follow at a later date. Wayne Szopa of Clark's Funeral Services has been entrusted with arrangements.

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