THOMPSON, Brig. Gen. Charles
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Hartley Atherden (Tommy/Denny)
C.D., B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering)
Born in Bridlington, Yorkshire, England, October 18, 1920; died in North Vancouver, BC, June 7, 2013. Only son of Charles Joseph Thompson, F.R.A.I.C. (founding partner of Sharp and Thompson, Architects, later Thompson, Berwick and Pratt) and his wife Florence Elizabeth (nee Hartley). Brother of Josephine Esme and Elizabeth Joyce (Betty); all deceased. Survived by his dearly beloved wife Mary Eleanor (Ellie), his companion and soul-mate of nearly 62 years, and by several nieces and nephews in British Columbia and Ontario whose Uncle Denny/Tommy held a special place in their hearts. Educated at Shaughnesy College, University Hill School, and the University of British Columbia (whose original buildings were designed by his father). His studies at UBC were interrupted by WWII and in 1942 he enlisted in the RCAF, graduating as a Pilot in 1943; he served operationally and as an Instructor in Canada until early 1945 when he was transferred to transport duties overseas. He remained in the RCAF after the war, completing his degree at UBC while on leave. After graduation in 1949 he served in Vancouver, Rivers, Trenton, and Ottawa in various capacities and abroad in Metz, France and Lahr, Germany as Chief of Staff 1 Air Div. HQ. After a year attending Imperial Defence College, London, England, he returned to Ottawa as Dir.- Gen. Personnel Services, CFHQ from which position he retired in 1974. In retirement, he and Ellie enjoyed many years commuting between their summer and winter homes in Vancouver and San Diego and Tommy remained an enthusiastic golfer and long-time member of Seymour Golf Club for many years until well into his 80s. The family wishes to thank the staff of Hollyburn House, West Vancouver, for their kind and gentle care of both Tommy and Ellie over the past few years. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held within the next few weeks. No flowers by request.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from June 17 to June 18, 2013