|John Murray Thompson of Huron Township passed away peacefully December 2, 2022 in his 78th year in hospice in Tiverton. Predeceased by his loving wife Janette Alma (nee Lowry). Loving father of Kenneth (Lorie), Janine (Don), Adrienne (Tony), and Keith (Julie) all from Pine River area. Most wonderful grandfather of Drew, Kody, Jami, Morgan, Ethan, Lauren, Rachel, Sadie, Reid, Rhys, and Kelsey. Survived by his sister Marilyn (Ron Farrell) of Walkerton. Murray will be sadly missed by in-laws David, Shirley, Lynn, Donna, Wayne, Patt, Carl, Ellen, Elliott, Cori, and Gene. Pre-deceased by Perrin and Marion Lowry, Elmer and Marlene MacKenzie, and Gayle Lowry. Will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbours.
Murray was the son of Ernie and Mildred Thompson, and lived his whole life in Huron Township. Murray and Janette were married for 55 years and raised four wonderful children Kenneth, Janine, Adrienne and Keith. He farmed his entire life working along side his own father for many years, and later his own sons, and grandsons. He was the 5th generation on the Thompson homestead. He had a lot of drive, was in a hurry to get “it” done, and never really retired. When he and Janette moved to Lurgan Beach, he returned to the farm multiple times daily to be put to work, or see what was going on. He combined the fall harvest of 2022. He requested multiple trips by the farm on the way to his most recent appointments just to see what was going on. We’ll make one last trip past the farm on December 6th. Murray was a valued, lifelong member of the Pine River United Church serving on many of their committees over the years. When asked to help, he did so with dedication. He coached minor hockey in Ripley, and lots of people will remember a quick trip to the rink with Murray. He was a councillor and Reeve of Huron Township for 16 years. Murray was an avid reader, polishing off many a book in a day or two. He and Janette loved to travel, and saw many lovely destinations, but Murray especially loved their time together in Florida where they met many friends year after year. He was on the Ontario Wheat Board, where he met and made many lifelong friends. Murray had a generous and welcoming personality. He was humble, and kind. Many describe him as a true gentleman, and remained that way in his final days. Pine River will never be quite the same after this past week, and the dust will settle on the 6th concession.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday December 6, 2022 from 11AM-1PM at the Pine River United Church, followed by the Funeral Service at 1:30 PM.