Winchester Press – obit – Hugh ‘Donald’ Wilson
Clara Elizabeth Thompson died suddenly Feb.6 in Ottawa at the Ottawa Heart Institute. She was 64.
She was born April 24, 1941 in Mountain to John and ElizabethMilne (formerly Beggs).
She was married to Don Thompson on May 18, 1966, and lived outsideKemptville until the time of her death.
Clara began her working career at Ottawa Hydro and then transferredto Ontario Hydro in Winchester where she remained until she startedher family. She then committed the next 25 years of her life toraising her family on the farm. In later years, she worked atthe Kemptville Medical Centre until she retired.
Clara is survived by her husband Don and herthree sons; Howie(Maura) of Dorchester, Hugh of Kemptville, and Hal (Shannon) ofKemptville. She was a loving grandmother of Sophie and Ben. Sheis also survived by her sisters Audrey Gibson of Mountain andMarion Fawcett of Inkerman, and her brother Brian (Alice) Milneof Prescott, and by her sisters-in-law Muriel (Oscar) Milne ofMountain, and Margaret (Gerald) Milne of Ottawa. There are alsomany exceptional nieces, nephews, and extended family that willmiss her greatly.
She was predeceased by her brothers Oscar (Muriel), Jack, andGerald (Margaret), and her sister Dorothy (Norman) Gibson. Shewas also predeceased by her brothers-in-law Bill (Audrey) Gibsonand Gord (Marion) Fawcett.
Clara was a very cheerful and optimistic person who always metyou with a smile. Clara enjoyed her home and her large garden,especially her flowers, but her greatest love was for her grandchildren.Clara loved to travel and saw much of Canada over her lifetime.Over and above caring for her family, Clara was very involvedin the community. She spent over 30 years of her life volunteeringher time to Minor Hockey for the children of our community. Inrecognition of her contributions to the community, she was paidtribute by an Honor Guard at her funeral by the Kemptville DistrictFire Department and a special tribute by the Kemptville 73’s HockeyClub.
In the spirit of her caring and generous ways, Clara will continueto live on through her gift of organ donation.
Family and friends called at the Grant Brown Funeral Home in Kemptvilleon Feb. 8. The funeral was held at St. Andrews United Church inHeckston, Ontario on Feb. 9, with Rev. Blair Paterson, officiating.
The pallbearers were Austin Payne, Jim Eager, Carl Norton, DaltonGilmer, Clarence Snyder, and Doug Fawcett.
Memorial donations were directed to Kemptville Hospital Foundation,Heart and Stroke Foundation and Heckston United Church.