TOMPSON With great sadness we announce the passing of Edward Tompson on June 24, 2008. Edward was born Dec. 22, 1914 in Harrow, Middlesex, England. He was the eldest of 3 children of Arthur and Frances Tompson. The family moved to Croxley Green when Ed was a pre-school age. and stayed there until Ed was in his teens. They then moved to Great Yarmouth, where Ed studied Engineering. After marrying Irene, he then moved to Cheadle. There he worked for Fairie Aviations as a Mechanical Engineer. After W.W. II began Ed joined the R.A.F. and became a navigator. He was stationed in Moncton, N.B. & Brandon, Man. for 3 yrs. While there, he fell in love with Canada. After W.W. II, he returned to England, where he started Brookhead Engineering Co. with two friends. He later moved to Manchester in the early 50's and bought the Silverline Taxi Company. Soon after, he met his second wife, Lynn. In 1955, Ed & Lynn immigrated to Canada. They first settled in Winnipeg, then Lakehead (Ont.), where he sold "Fuller Brush" then "Watkins", where he worked his way up to manager. Ed was transferred to Red Deer in 1963 ("So they loaded up the truck, and moved the family", west!) In Red Deer, he became an insurance salesman. Ed was very involved in his community. He was one of the founders of the Oriole Park Community Association, also the Folk Festival. Edward helped to move the Cronquist House across the river to it's present site, and helped to restore it. He was a Certified Life Underwriter, and was the President of the Life Underwriters for two terms. During this time he worked with the Women's Shelter, The Food Bank, Salvation Army, and many other charities. He took the United Way over the top for the very first time. Ed was interviewed countless times by the Advocate and C.K.R.D. For 20 years he was Sunday School Superintendent & Administrator of St. Luke's Anglican Church. Ed excelled at everything he did. He was loved by animals (particularly his beloved dogs), friends & family, always remembered for his love of life, gardening, kindness, quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. Ed was rarely without a smile, and a joke. He is survived by his wife Lynn and children, Pat (Peter), from his first marriage, Angela, Dawn, & Kim (Rupert), grandchildren Linda, Steven, Tara, Patrick, Kieran & Finley, great grandchildren, Cameron (step) Ryan, & Megan. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Anglican Church on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. All are Welcome. Memorial Tributes can be made to St. Luke's

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