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Lorraine THOMSON
1931 - 2020
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LORRAINE THOMSONJuly 12, 1931 - August 13, 2020 Lorraine Thomson died peacefully of natural causes on August 13, 2020 at Belmont House in Toronto with her son, James, by her side. As she said herself, Lorraine had an "amazing life". Born in a Regina hospital, she was raised on a Saskatchewan wheat farm by her grandparents, Will and Flora Moody. In the early 1940s, the family moved to Toronto where Lorraine soon became involved in the world of dance, which led to a five-decade career in the entertainment industry, first as a dancer/choreographer and then later on as a television and radio host, interviewer and producer. While she remained on the board of ACTRA and AFBS for a combined thirty years, in 1989 Lorraine began a new chapter of her career and became a judge for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. She and her first husband, Julius Mallin, had two children, Francesca and James. In 1982, she married celebrated journalist Knowlton Nash; they were the love's of each other's lives. Lorraine leaves behind her children, Francesca Mallin Parker and James Mallin; grandchildren, Jesse and Robert Parker, Daisy Mallin and great-granddaughter, Grace Parker; son-in-law, Fred, daughter-in-law, Susan, Jesse's wife, Leanne and Robert's partner, Jennifer. Lorraine's family would like to thank the staff of Belmont House for their loving care throughout Lorraine's final years. Private funeral services have been arranged. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Aug. 17 to Aug. 21, 2020.
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August 23, 2020
Francesca and James, my condolences. I only knew you briefly at JCI. I met your delightful and charming mother only a few times but she left a lasting impression. Take care.
Michael Higgin
August 21, 2020
I was saddened to read of Lorraine Thomson's passing and I extend my sincere condolences to her family in this difficult time. She was a nice lady and I recall her appearing as a guest panelist on Front Page Challenge, from time to time back in the late 1960s. She once came through my Customs counter at the airport, back in 1978 or so, when she was returning from Moscow. I clearly recall her nice smile and pleasant manner.
Steve Mosher
August 20, 2020
What a lovely lady. I had the pleasure of working with Lorraine on a number of her projects at CBC, as well as with Mr. Parker. When he first told me Lorraine was his mother in law I thought he was pulling my leg. My deepest sympathies to Fred and the rest of the family.
Raymond Beley
August 20, 2020
Dear Francesca and Fred,
So sorry about your loss. I met your mother on a number of occasions, including Jesse and Leeann's wedding and thought she was a lovely woman. Prayers and thoughts with you and your family.
Christine Quinn
Christine Quinn
August 18, 2020
Frannie and Fred-I am so sorry to read about Lorraine. As dancers (and CBC colleagues), my parents knew and loved her. Because of them , I knew her too and then she married Uncle Knowltie who I adored. Lorraine was an elegant, bright and affectionate woman and I always enjoyed her. I still tell everyone about her annual Christmas brunch dishwasher salmon. Thee best. Much love. Nina
Nina Keogh
August 18, 2020
I met Lorraine in the early 1950s, when she was a dancer on CBC variety shows and I was working as a technician in the studios. Somehow, over the years, we'd keep running into each other, and each time it was always a delight to see her. I will miss her, indeed. May I offer all my sympathy, Fred.
Garth Goddard
August 17, 2020
I have many fond memories of Lorraine Thomson who hosted many parties and sleepovers for Francesca’s friends. We danced, played games and enjoyed many happy get togethers. Sending hugs to Francesca and the family at this time. RIP Lorraine Thomson.
Mary Haslett
Mary Haslett
August 17, 2020
So sorry to hear this. My condolences to Fred Parker and the rest of Lorraine's extended family.

John McQuaker
John McQuaker
August 17, 2020
We fondly recall Lorraine and Knowlton's legendary holiday brunches which they hosted for decades. There were three of them each December, attended by luminaries from the worlds of Canadian arts, politics and entertainment (along with regular folks like us!). Lorraine made everyone feel welcome and charmed us all with her sparkling wit, her warmth and generosity. In later years we saw the joy she took in her family and how she struggled bravely to carry on after the loss of her beloved Knowlton. May she now rest In peace and may her children and grandchildren take comfort in their memories of this special lady.
David Nayman Evelyne Michaels
August 17, 2020
All the Thomson clan are so saddened by the passing of your mother and our aunt.
May you find peace in the days ahead and comfort in the memories. Love to you all

Aunt Marion and family
Debbie Monopoli
August 17, 2020
Dear Francesca, please extend Helga's and my sincere condolences to you and your family. I have known your Mom since 1973, the first live ACTRA Awards at the Hyatt, and we stayed in touch. I was glad to assist in the wedding arrangement with Knowlton and her along with many other events.
And who can forget the annual New Years Day brunch with Jesse behind the bar? so many fond memories, never to be forgotten. may she RIP, Hans & Helga
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