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THOMPSON, Olive Mary (nee Booth)

THOMPSON, Olive Mary (nee Booth)

June 29, 1925 – May 5, 2023

Our family treasure passed away peacefully surrounded by our love at McNally House Hospice in Grimsby on Friday, May 5, 2023 in her 98th year. Olive was predeceased by her Father William (1959) and Mother Amy (1972). She was the beloved wife of the late Harry Thompson (1999). Proud, loving and devoted mother of David (Joanne) Thompson and Jane Thompson. Cherished grandmother of Michael-Oliver, Nolan and Julianna. Predeceased by her grandson Connor (2003) and by her sisters Betty (1968) and Margaret (2003) Olive was the youngest of the three sisters. Forever remembered and loved by Anne and Nick Hutton, Rosie and Rod Campbell-Blair and their extended families abroad. Olive and Harry both served in WWII. Olive served as a WREN (Women’s Royal Naval Service) and Harry was in the Royal Navy. After the war ended they married and moved to Canada to start their lives together. They settled and worked in Toronto and spent holiday time canoeing in Algonquin Park as proud new Canadians. They soon moved to Oakville and started raising David and Jane then relocated to St. Catharines in 1967 and eventually settled on Willowdale Ave in Old Glenridge. Olive stripped walls, wallpapered and painted most of the house singlehanded, took care of the two of us, as many as three black labs at a time, and helped Harry run the family business Cottman Transmission. She stayed at that home and cared for it until 2005 and then moved to Grimsby to be closer to family. Olive was known for her long walks with the dogs and later, on her own, well into her 90’s. She was a great cook and baker. She loved dark chocolate, an occasional glass of white wine, F1 Racing, knitting and most importantly being a Mother and Grandmother. She was truly amazing. We will all miss her dearly. In keeping with Olive’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family interment will take place at St. George’s Church Columbarium in St. Catharines. The Thompson family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and volunteers at McNally Hospice for their incredible compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the McNally House Hospice would be appreciated by the family. Please share your condolences online at


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