Passed away surrounded by love at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the age of 70. Barry fought a valiant cancer battle with strength, courage, humility, and always a sense of humour, a true inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Barry will be forever missed and held tightly in our hearts. He is survived by the love of his life, Paulette, his pride and joys, daughter Jennifer (Brian) Allison of Kleefeld, MB, and son Mike (Allison) Thompson of Wyoming. There was no prouder Grandad to the lights of his life: his most precious Laura, Matthew and Joshua Allison; and Hannah, Ava and Jack Thompson. Predeceased by his parents Les and Mae Thompson and brother Gordon Thompson. Survived by brother Albert Thompson, sister-in-law Susan (Murray) Howard, dear nieces and nephew and their children, and cousins. Feeling deeply his loss will be dearest friends Betty and his “best buds” Ron Allison.

Barry retired at 53 following a 32-year career as a Trainman and Conductor with CN Rail. Retirement provided him with an opportunity to pursue many other interests. He was an avid golfer, loved gardening, singing in the choir at London Road West United Church, and camping with Paulette, wherever the truck would take them. Weekends found him hanging out in arenas cheering on his hockey stars Hannah, Ava and Jack. Barry was past-President of Wyoming Legion Branch 388 where he was a longtime member. Barry always said every day was a gift and that he was the luckiest man alive.

Barry and his family are deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support received in so many forms over the past years. We wish to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. John Butler and Dr. R. Singh, nurses and caregivers whose help, skills and support gave Barry the gift of more time to spend with those he loved and who loved him. Thank you to Ellen and Anne and other nurses from VON whose support and caring will never be forgotten. You know how deeply grateful Barry was that you journeyed with him. Thank you to Dr. Glen Maddison, staff and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice, who so lovingly and tenderly cared for Barry and his loved ones those last days. You will forever be in our hearts.

Following Barry’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate Barry’s life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at LONDON ROAD WEST UNITED CHURCH, 2092 London Line, Sarnia, with family and friends being received at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the service commences. The service will be officiated by Rev. Marilyn Townsend-Smith .

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to London Road West United Church Memorial Fund, St. Joseph’s Hospice or VON (cheques only at the funeral home please).

Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but the one who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela

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