Senator Andrew Thompson

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SENATOR ANDREW THOMPSON It is with sadness that Senator Andrew Thompson passed away February 3, 2016 after a courageous and ongoing battle with ill-health. Born December 14, 1924 in Belfast, Ireland and later immigrating to Canada, Andrew served honourably in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II before completing his education at Queen's University and the University of British Columbia and receiving a Masters in Social Work. Andrew dedicated his life to public service and beginning his political career in 1959 he worked under Lester B. "Mike" Pearson, Prime Minister from 1963 to 1964. He continued his career within the Ontario legislature as a Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament and assumed the role of party leader from 1964 to 1966. He resumed his role in public life as a Federal Senator from 1967 to 1998 before having to reluctantly concede to recurring health problems and retire from the Senate. Andrew is survived and missed by his wife Amy and his daughter Anya (Seaban) and granddaughter Sioban Nadia Seaban. He will be fondly remembered as a kind and caring individual and a tireless advocate for public fairness and rights.

Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 27, 2016
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