Violet Thomson, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and “Auntie Violet” to many, passed away at Northside General Hospital on Sunday, May 7, 2023.
Vi was born in Sydney Mines to the late Robert Gillian and Sarah Gillian(Kerr) and grew up in Florence. She had many fond memories of growing up in Florence and spending time in Sydney Mines while attending High school. She loved to share her memories from the good old days.
She met the love of her life, “Bud” while working at the British Canadian Cooperative. What followed was a partnership of 62 years, 7 children,16 Grandchildren, 3 great-children and many, many adventures. Together they were a true example of perseverance, love and commitment.
Vi worked as a clerk in various stores over the years, making friends along the way. She eventually started her home daycare, providing loving care to numerous young lives. After Bud’s retirement, she hit the road as copilot. Planning trips and travelling to Florida for Spring Training and Disney were a few of her favourite things. She loved her trips to Ingonish with family. Nannie packed the best treats. An avid follower of the Leafs and Blue Jays and a true sports fan, she was always willing to share her views on her teams. Vi was a true people person. Auntie Violet was entertaining and loved by all! The Thomson home on Fraser Avenue was always a welcoming and open place for friends and family and the spot to be for Hockey Night in Canada. Sunday dinners were events not to be missed, meat pie was her speciality.
Violet was predeceased by her parents, her husband James (Bud), her son James in infancy, her son Peter, and her brothers John David Gillian and Alec Gillian.
She is survived by her children Paul( Heather), Janet ( Lorne), Kathy, Karen(Rob), Ken( Rebekah), grandchildren Joe( Samantha), Erin( Scott), Kenzie(Andrew), Carly(Bryce), Alexander(Haley), Katherine, Kyle(Natasha), Mark, Emma, Abby, Lindsay, Landon, Ava, Jenna, James and Jeremiah and great-grandchildren Jake, Cole and Ellis. She was Auntie Violet to many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the caregivers who looked after her in recent weeks, including all the nurses, doctors and assistants. Special thanks to the neighbours and friends at Golden Pond who provided both Vi and Bud with amazing friendship since their move from Fraser Avenue.
Cremation has taken place. A funeral service to celebrate Violet’s life will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 11 am in Carman United Church, Sydney Mines, with Rev. Nick Phillips officiating. With reception to follow in the parish hall. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome.com
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