Thompson, Capt. John Albert (6 Nov 23)
Fellow Horse Guards:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear former Regimental Padre, Captain John Thompson, on November 6th, 2023, in Belleville at the age of 85. Surrounded by loved ones, John transitioned peacefully, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and grace.
Born on May 12, 1937, in Sarnia, Ontario, John dedicated his life to service, both as an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada and as a devoted member of the military community. He married the love of his life, Helen Patricia Thompson, on May 30, 1964, and together they raised four children: Julia, Eric (late), Jeremy, and Nicola (Sharon). His grandchildren, Phoenix, Ezra, Broen, and Keira, were a constant source of joy in his later years.
John’s journey took him across the globe, serving in East and Southern Africa from 1965 to 1984, where he left an indelible mark in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, and Lesotho. Honored as a Canon in the Diocese of Lesotho, he continued his service upon returning to Canada, pastoring at St. Giles Church in Barrie and Christ Church in Woodbridge. John’s commitment extended to the military, where he served as Chaplain to the Governor General’s Horse Guards Regiment, holding a special place in the hearts of his fellow comrades.
Retiring to Lake Kawagama, and later residing in Belleville, John faced the challenges of Parkinson’s disease with unwavering strength. His self-effacing nature endeared him to many, and his love for connecting with people left a lasting impression on all who knew him.
A funeral service was held on November 13 at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville, with interment scheduled at St. Anne’s in London, Ontario, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Primate World Relief and Development fund.
On behalf of the Members of the GGHG Association, I extend our deepest condolences to Helen and the entire Thompson family. John’s grace and kindness will forever be remembered, and we find solace in knowing that he is now at rest in peace.
Sgt (Ret’d) Coilin Rowe