THOMPSON, Paul Richard - Peacefully at home and with family by his side, Paul passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023, at the age of 78 years after a lengthy illness.

Cherished by his wife of 55 years, Terri, and deeply loved by his children, Treva (John), Jay (Angie), Amber (Jason), and Sean (Sarah). Proud Papa to his grandchildren, Saarah (Robb), Victoria (Jaike), Kaleb, Luka, Rowan, Klara, Mila, Kai, and Finn. Paul had a special place in his heart for his great-granddaughter, Ellis, who always made him smile. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard (2002) and Elsie Thompson (2023). He will be dearly missed by his sister, Donna, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Paul was born in Middlesex, England in 1945 to his Canadian soldier father and his British war-bride mother and, at 8 months old, he came to Canada by sea. Paul grew up in Toronto until he left for the police academy in Aylmer, Ontario, after high school.

Paul had a lengthy and rewarding career with the OPP, starting off as a Constable at Barrie Detachment for 16 years. He retired after another 25 years supporting the Provincial Communications Centres in various roles.

Paul spent his retirement exploring his passions- the great outdoors, camping, fishing, photography, ham radio, woodworking, and spending time with family.

Paul was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He will be remembered for his quiet kindness and generosity, his steadfast love and support for his family, his passion for learning, his sense of humour and his contagious laugh. He will remain forever in our hearts.

A note of thanks to HACC, VON, and to all of Paul’s caregivers with a special thank you to Nicole, Jennifer, Gail, Marna, and Shirin for their kind and gentle care. A thank you to Dr. David Evans who helped us navigate Paul’s health challenges with knowledge and warmth.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 33 Ellen St., Kempenfelt Room, Barrie, Ontario.  A service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers and to honour of Paul’s life and legacy, please consider a donation to The PSP Society of Canada or Ontario Nature.

Peaceful Transition Simcoe


5 Condolences
  • Cindy Durrell
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Reply

    My Deepest Sympathies to Paul’s Family and Friends at this sad and difficult time.He is resting peacefully now with his Mom and Dad 🕊️🙏🕊️

  • Sandy Joy
    Posted on: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Reply

    Dear Terri, Treva, Jay, Amber, and Sean (and all of your families):
    My heart breaks to hear this sad and devastating news of Paul’s death. He was larger than life to this young girl who looked up to him and Terri with so much love and affection. There are no words to describe my love for your family.
    My heart goes out to each one of you.
    May you find peace in your wonderful memories of such an incredible man.
    With all my love, Sandy ❤️

    Posted on: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 Reply

    So sorry to hear about Paul and my sincere condolences to Treva and the family. I’m hoping to attend the celebration of life so will see you all there.

  • Glenda A
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 Reply

    My condolences to the Thompson Family. Angie and her husband Jay and the rest of the family. Hope you find peace knowing Paul was loved and he loved you all. ❤️

  • Marna Massie
    Posted on: Wednesday, September 27, 2023 Reply

    Teri, my sincerest condolences. Paul was a pleasure to spend time with, though he was a person of few words his love for you shone through brighter than the sun. The times I watched as you walked with him into the house or to his chair, you would tell him to think of it as dancing. The love and compassion I saw in his eyes for you was amazing and priceless. I hope this memory helps to comfort you as you think about Paul and I will the love you shared. I am honored to have been able to meet both of you. All the best and may Paul rest in peace. Marna

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