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Michael George Gaius Thompson
1940 - 2021
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MICHAEL GEORGE GAIUS THOMPSON, MD February 27, 1940 - March 1, 2021 Surrounded by his loving family, Michael passed away comfortably at home on March 1, 2021 to embark upon his next wonderful adventure. Michael/Dad/Gramps departed from Lynda Thompson (nee Wylie), his beloved and devoted partner for 51 years; his brother George Thompson; his adoring children, Laura (Frank Rekrut), James (Stephanie Unwin), Aaron (Tara Meyer) and dear Kate (Colin McCubbin); his six ever-loving grandchildren, Michael (Lydia Klaassen), Annabelle, Timmy, Molly, Olivia, and Charlie; and his great-grandson, Theo. Michael's accomplishments were many and varied, but the most admirable thing was his approach to life. This was most apparent in his devotion to his family and extended to his many lifelong friendships, his dedicated work as a health professional, and his passion for the outdoors. He was incredibly enthusiastic and fun, could always make you laugh and smile, and was wonderfully creative, as evidenced by building a castle for his children as an imaginative solution to zoning restrictions on Stony Lake. His fondest summer memories were made as Senior Master at Onondaga Camp (where he initiated the sailing program and designed colourful and spirited events to honour Iroquois traditions), as well as Canoe tripping (highlighted by an epic 500-mile Thelon-Hanbury River adventure in the NWT, family trips in Algonquin Park, and braving the Salmon and Yukon Rivers), and paddling on Stony Lake (the quiet paddle through the Lost Channel to church was his weekly meditation). During winter he always looked forward to skiing with family and friends at Caledon Ski Club, plus the annual March Break family trip to Whistler. Michael was happiest when surrounded by family. He was always available and encouraging in everything from schoolwork to cheerleading at countless children's sporting events. With the arrival of grandchildren, Michael's life became even more fulfilled. A gifted teacher and guiding force, Gramps cherished every moment with them. He could always entertain them with a zealous telling of adventure stories, proudly cheered them on at regattas, loved singing Johnny Appleseed with them whilst thumping on the old monks' table, and enthusiastically educated them in the fine arts of swimming, canoeing, sailing, wilderness survival and archery (preferably from the top of the castle). It was also his children and grandchildren that inspired Gramps to craft and publish his first children's adventure novel, The Secret Passage, as well as the prequel, which will be published post-humously. Both books incorporate many of Gramps' wise teachings into the quests of the heroes. Regarding his own quest, it began when Michael was born in Toronto in 1940 to James Wilfred Gaius Thompson and Gwynneth Marion Thompson (nee Scholfield). His many enduring friendships began while growing up at 5 Thornwood Road, playing and exploring in the ravine it bordered. Graduating from Branksome Hall's Kindergarten programme, he moved on to Rosedale Public School where his Labrador, Inky, would reliably pick up young Michael and walk him home. Later he met more lifelong friends at Trinity College School ('58), Trinity College UofT while studying Physiology and Biochemistry ('62), at the Kappa Alpha house, and during medical school (class of 6T6). He married a classmate, Carol Pope, in medical school and Laura was born during residency training. As a resident, he also co-founded the union for medical residents (now called PARO), paving the way for a living wage and better working conditions. Michael continued to be a leader, holding positions that included Medical Director at London Psychiatric Hospital, Residency Training Director for Psychiatry at University of Western Ontario, Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians, Associate Professor at The University of Toronto, and Consultant to Neurology at The Hospital for Sick Children. Ever a pioneer, Michael, together with his partner in all aspects of life, Lynda, devoted his last quarter century to the creation and development of the ADD Centre and Biofeedback Institute of Toronto. Powered by Michael's creativity, vision and dedication, he and Lynda wrote over 40 book chapters and scientific articles and two seminal textbooks, including The Neurofeedback Book. Michael's love of teaching is evidenced by a Lifetime Achievement Recognition, a Distinguished Scientist Award, and over 120 invited lectures, workshops, and presentations in 25 countries on six continents. Michael accepted and overcame physical challenges throughout his life using them as motivation to be stronger in every other way. He led by example, living by the motto: "You can't change the wind, but you can adjust the sails." Michael's legacy will live on in the family, friends, and thousands of people he inspired during his remarkable life. May he have soft winds and sunlight as he sails on waters beyond our horizons. A celebration of life will be held at Michael's beloved Stony Lake when COVID-19 is behind us. In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, can be made to honour communities dear to Michael's heart - St. Peter's on-the-Rock Church, Stony Lake; Trinity College School (www.tcs.on.ca/donate - G. P. Scholfield '24 Memorial Bursary in honour of Michael Thompson '58); Whistler Health Care Foundation (dedicated in memory of Michael Thompson); or Canadian Cancer Society (Michael Thompson Memorial fund).

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Mar. 6 to Mar. 10, 2021.
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March 15, 2021
He was a great teacher to me and a man who gave me confidence and passion in the field of Neurofeedback. I will never forget my time with the person who was always positive and energetic. May he rest in peace.
Kyusik Roh
Student
March 12, 2021
A giant of a man, father, husband, physician, teacher and builder. He will be remembered for his kindness and his contributions.

Our condolence and best wishes to the family.
Harry and Martha Shulman
Friend
March 9, 2021
What a great guy. Really interesting to be with. My kids and his were great friends at Stony Lake - he and Lynda always made everyone so welcome. They were a wonderfully close and gifted couple. Really going to miss him.
Gord Petch
Friend
March 8, 2021
I am honored to have met Michael and Linda Thompson at the neurofeedback conference in Philadelphia, I was very new to that community, didn't know any one at the meeting, they were most gracious and extended a very warm welcome to me, they were generous in sharing their knowledge and gifts, a testament to the wonderful couple they are. My heartfelt condolence to Linda and the family, praying for God's comfort at this time.
Omowunmi Osinubi, MD
Acquaintance
March 8, 2021
I had the pleasure of learning from Michael and Lynda at a neurofeedback conference in Philadelphia. I was struck by their seamless compatibility, expertise, and obvious love and respect for each other. It was a complete joy to be in their company and they were a true inspiration to me in my career. Michael will be deeply missed, and my heartfelt condolences to Lynda and her family in this time of loss.
Melanie O'Neill
Student
March 8, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Melanie O'Neill
Student
March 8, 2021
Michael Thompson your remarkable life
Inspirational, along with Lynda, your wife
with love & generosity you’ve educated
the medical world; of the Brain; you’ve created

a global community that now understands EEG,
and how to apply Psychophysiology
to treat behavioral issues, and ADD -ADHD
Without exception all of us bend a knee

appreciating your insights, knowledge and humour
Universally loved, it is no rumour
You’re an icon of clinical psychology to emulate,
of warmth and caring, you’ve been so great.

To family and friends you inspire us all,
We salute your spirit, as you answer God’s call.

With deep affection and love,
your BFE & Thought Tech Family.
Lawrence Klein
Student
March 7, 2021
Michael was an incredible human being and an amazing teacher. I was lucky to have known him for more than two decades. It was my privilege to have learned from him and worked with him for most of my adult life. He was like my second farther to me and he will be missed. And we shared love of chocolate cakes .
Lena
Teacher
March 7, 2021
While he could present a gruff, all-business exterior, I was delighted to know him differently. He was brilliant and kind and he always took time to say hello to me, ask how I was, and he actually cared about my answer. I adored him and I will miss him. I feel very lucky to have known him. Blessings to Lynda and his family.
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March 6, 2021
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