Christopher John THOMPSON
1942 - 2017
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THOMPSON, Dr. Christopher John Dr. Christopher J. Thompson, 75, passed away peacefully in the early hours of December 26, 2017 in Montreal, QC. Chris was a scientist, an innovator, an enthusiast of the outdoors and of travel, and most importantly, a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on June 10, 1942 to Richard and Hypatia Thompson, Chris left for Canada in 1966 after graduating from Otago University with a MSc. in physics. The majority of his prolific career was spent at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University. In 1987 he obtained his Doctorate of Science. He is the recipient of the Edward J. Hoffman Imaging Scientist Award from the IEEE and the Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists' Gold Medal for his professional contributions. Since his retirement in 2007, when he wasn't working in his home lab continuing to learn and innovate, he spent his time traveling the world with his wife Nicole, hiking with friends, and spending quality time with his children, grandchildren, and extended family. He leaves his wife of 47 years, Nicole (Verrette); his 4 children, Philippe (Genevieve), Amanda (Stephen), Marc (Noora), and Charles (Kelly); his 7 grandchildren, Laurence, Evelyne, James, Elsa, Daisy, Johnny, and Alma; his brothers Kevin (Susan) and Jack (Margaret); his many Verrette and Thompson in-laws, nieces and nephews, friends, and colleagues. Visitation and Funeral for Chris will be held at: Centre funéraire Côte-Des-Neiges, 4525 chemin de la Côte-Des-Neiges Montréal, QC. Visitation hours: Friday, January 19: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday, January 20: 10 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A mass will be celebrated at the funeral home chapel at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, January 20. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital foundation in memory of Christopher Thompson. Online: or by phone: 514-398-1958 (Mary or Giovanna).

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Published in Montreal Gazette from Jan. 10 to Jan. 17, 2018.
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February 12, 2018
Sincere condolences to the Thompson family.
Belinda Preziosi
January 18, 2018
All my thoughts go to Nicole and Chris and Nicole's four children after this terrible and unexpected loss. Chris was the first person with whom I worked when I joined the Neuro in 1972. He was extremely helpful and allowed me to move quickly in my work on EEG. Chris had an extraordinary ability to find simple solutions to difficult problems; he was a real inventor. His training in physics and his mind allowed him to understand whatever he was studying at a great depth, with genuine passion. Chris was full of stories and good laughs and I always enjoyed talking to him during his visits to the Neuro after his formal retirement. Chris was also a wise man, with a clear view of life's priorities, with his family.
Jean Gotman
January 18, 2018
Sincere sympathy to Nicole and family, Mirko and Ljubica Diksic
Mirko Diksic
January 17, 2018
My most sincere condolences to Nicole and the rest of the Thompson family. I will always remember Chris Thompson as a kind friend who always had something interesting and important to say during our many hallway conversations at the Neuro. Although well known for his work in PET, Chris Thompson was also instrumental in producing the first digitized atlases of the human brain, including computer platforms used in neurosurgery. This pioneering work done in collaboration with his neurosurgery colleagues continues to allow patients to go through surgery safely and improves lives of people living with Parkinson's disease.
Chris, I will miss our chats, your brilliance and your kindness. I will often think of you as an inspiration as we work collectively towards a better world. Abbas
Abbas Sadikot
January 12, 2018
Sincere sympathy to the Thompson Family.
R.Tonia Mucci Cifarelli
January 12, 2018
Sincères condoléances à Madame Nicole Verrette-Thompson et à toute la famille. Les accomplissements de Monsieur Thompson sont admirables. Que le souvenir en soit perpétué. Et que Madame Nicole soit bien entourée dans cette épreuve.
Danielle Pilette
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