Rae Thomson – Born March 24th, 1942 Lucknow, Ontario.
On March 23rd, 2021 – only one day short of his 79th birthday – Rae Alexander Thomson passed peacefully at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario. Predeceased by his father Donald ‘Dan’ Thomson, and mother Agnes (Pettigrew) Thomson. Deeply missed by his son Don (Anna) Thomson of Bracebridge, grandchildren: Shannon Ann and Rae, his daughter Katherine (Ben) Snider (St. Marys), grandchildren: Rumley, Oliver, and Izzy, daughter Wanda (Jeff) Roy of Port Colborne, grandchildren: Daniel, Mark, Julie, Rachel, and Sarah. Brother of Bruce (Maureen) Thomson, John (Clara) Thomson, Bill (Jan) Thomson, Trudy Thomson (Brian Rintoul), and Sandra Thomson, all of whom he loved dearly.
Rae will be forever remembered for his love of the open road. He took such pride and dignity in his professional truck driving career, inspiring and influencing so many others to pursue the “Elusive Dream” of driving professionally themselves. His extensive career included Tallman Transport, Vipond Automatic Sprinklers, and eventually John Deere. As a lifelong John Deere enthusiast from his lawn mowers, to snowmobiles, to his 820-antique tractor for which he won many awards, driving for this company he said was a dream come true. Retirement didn’t last long from John Deere; he came out of retirement in a short amount of time and drove long haul for another 2 years at Premium Transport. Always young at heart, he truly loved his ‘toys’- cruising in his black 1956 Ford Victoria, driving across Canada in his long nose Peterbilt trucks, and of course all of his many snowmobiles since the early 1970’s. Rae turned snowmobiling into a shared family passion with his children, spending their winters in Muskoka avidly thrill seeking for decades – again inspiring others for the love of the sport, and to live life to the fullest. A true family man, he devoted his life to his children and grandchildren, and in 2013 he fulfilled yet another dream of moving back to Wingham, Ontario to be closer to his hometown roots, as well as all his brothers and sisters who meant so very much to him. Everyone who knew him, knew he worked hard, played hard, and lived his life with no regrets…”Come’On!!!” as only he would say…
Rae will be deeply missed by so very many, but he is at peace now and we take comfort knowing he is reunited with his beloved dad and mom. As per his wishes there will be no funeral service, but instead he has requested a Celebration of Life when our hearts have healed, to be announced at a later date. He wanted us only to remember the good times and we will honor his memory as an inspiring life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Rae’s memory may be made to Parkinson Canada through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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