Passed peacefully at home surrounded by family, April 1, 2022 at the age of 97. Predeceased by his loving wife Viola and his daughter Terri Pirrie. Loving Father to Karen and her husband John Guzowski, Brian and his wife Sherry and his son-in-law Peter Pirrie. Grandfather to Melissa (Adam), Heather (Tristan), Rebecca (Colin), Katie, Matthew, Ryan (Ashleigh). Great-Grandfather to Audrey and Nicholas. Loving brother to Molly Morris and brother-in-law to Sharon Thompson. Predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

At 16, he worked for the Lake of Bays Navigation Co. as a helper on the railroad and a fireman on the steamboat Iroquois. Ed was a WWII veteran, serving in England, Belgium and Holland. After the War, he started a boat repair business with his cousin Bill Murray. In 1948 he worked as a carpenter in Toronto. In 1951, he married Viola (Demaine from Etwell). In 1967, built the first building at Niagara College in Welland and stayed on as maintenance supervisor until retiring in 1990. He was an Elder and on the Board of Managers for First Presbyterian Church North Pelham, a member of Rockway Community Club and member of Fonthill Legion Branch 613.

Thank you to all the PSWs Stacey, Susan, and Rom, the palliative care team, Colleen (RN), Jocelyne (RN) and Dr. Dooler. Also, a big thank-you to his family doctor Dr. Lynett and his staff for all the care over the years.

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church North Pelham on Friday April 8th 2022 at 11:00am. Committal of Ashes will follow at the North Pelham Cemetery. Donations made to the building fund of the First Presbyterian Church North Pelham would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Lampman Funeral Home. www.lampmanfuneralhome.com

Cheers! Happy hour is now in Heaven.


  • We are so very sad to hear of Ed’s passing. He was always such a friendly guy with a ready smile and story to tell. We will miss him and his stories.

  • Ed was a wonderful person and always addressed us by our first name. He always had a pleasant word for everyone he knew. Our family will miss him greatly,

  • We’re so sorry to hear the news. Ed will be sorely missed by his many colleagues at Niagara College. I remember how welcoming he was to us when my wife Bea and were first hired at Niagara. We hope the many memories you have of Ed give you some comfort with his passing.

  • Martin and Nancy Wehrmann sent our heart-felt condolences to Ed’s family. May God also be your comforter.

  • For Karen and family. Jeff and I want to send our condolences to all of you.
    we always enjoyed our little chats with your dad when we’d be back in North Pelham for a service..good memories of you Mom too and the visits we’d have while i was getting a haircut…Sympathies again.

  • Dear Brian, Sherry and all the Thompson families:
    My sincere condolences to you at this time of loss. Although I didn’t know your dad, I remember him coming to the Easter breakfasts at the Kirk and have been told he attended the men’s breakfasts also. He seemed like he enjoyed life to the fullest. You will have many fond memories to treasure.

  • Our sincere condolences to the family. Ed was a valued part of the North Pelham and Niagara College ccommunities.

  • The world would be a much better place if there were more Ed Thompson “s in it. We feel very blessed to have had him our lives, we will miss him and his big smile very much. Ed, Ann and family

  • Ed was one of the first colleagues I met when joining Niagara College. He was Friendly, down to earth, and always helpful. Our sorrow on learning his passing is assuaged, knowing that Ed lived a full and kind life.

  • Ed was a great neighbour. Many times he came over to help with our drive way when there was too much snow. He was our neighbour for 38 years .He will be missed

  • I will always remember Uncle Ed’s stories, kind heart and he and Dad “giggling” together. There was always some laughter and fun in the room when they got together. I will miss him and hope he’s giggling now with Dad. Love to all.

  • We want to express our sympathy to the Thompson family. Ed was such a faithful friend and dependable worker to repair anything around North Pelham Church and the Manse and a great example for his family. Such fond memories! May the LORD comfort you all.

  • Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a kind gentle man with also a sense of humour. I remember how he alway took time to visit my mom at Shorthills.

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