After a brief illness and with his family by his side, the family of Jack Edward Thomson announces his passing on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Jack was born on March 21, 1964 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Elgin and Audrey Thomson.
Jack leaves behind his loving wife, Marla; son, Jason (Tara); grandchildren, Treydon, Ashtyn, Caleb, and Kira; sisters, Sheryl Laverdure (Fred) and Lana Thomson; sister-in-law, Bev Thomson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Elgin and Audrey Thomson; and his brother, Bob Thomson.
Jack began his work career as owner and operator of JET Cycle bicycle repair shop. He then spent several years employed by our local pulp and paper mill, advancing from the Shipping Department to Maintenance Supervisor.
Jack ventured to project work in Fort McMurray, Alta. as Materials Procurement Co-ordinator. He then worked at the EACOM sawmill in Ear Falls, Ont. and, most recently, at the Norbord OSB mill in Barwick, Ont.
To know Jack was to love him. He was a man who enjoyed life and lived every minute to the fullest. He was the happiest when he was cruising the lake, having a family dinner, riding his Harley, or simply puttering in his man cave dream garage.
Jack was a kind and caring man, and would never turn down anyone who needed a helping hand. He loved his family unconditionally and adored animals of all kinds. He was known to feed the crows, squirrels, and neighbour cat, “Thor.”
Jack was a self-taught “Jack” of all trades; no project was too big or too complicated. If you gave him a manual, he could build it, rebuild it, or motorize it, whether it be a high-performance engine for his boat, constant home improvements, or tinkering and enhancing his Harley motorcycle.
He passed these skills on to his son and grandkids, and had many plans for projects in his garage.
Jack touched many lives and will be loved and missed by everyone he knew.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.
The honourary pallbearers will be Jason Thomson, Ben Christian, Dennis Helder, Fred Laverdure, Chuck Armit, Jim Hudson, Jim Avis, and Victor Allan.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Oncology or ICU departments or the Friends of Animals c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com