Great St. James couple remembered


We’re approaching the 100th anniversary of the births of a St. James couple who had been well-known for his or her involvement locally —Jack and Joan Thompson.

John Andrew (Jack) was born on Sept. 30, 1919, in Shoal Lake Man. He left faculty early to assist help his household and labored as a baker and undertaker’s assistant. Within the Second World Warfare he was a sergeant within the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and was a part of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. After the warfare, he labored for 39 years at Deer Lodge Hospital.

Joan Smith was born Oct. 18, 1919 within the R.M of Macdonald. Her father, E. Howard Smith was a Methodist church minister and Joan lived in many various components of Manitoba together with Melita, Killarney, Shoal Lake, a cottage on Assiniboine Avenue ( now a part of Westwood) and at 572 Maryland.

St.Joan was a star athlete who excelled in volleyball and basketball at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. In 1941, she turned a nurse and labored at a number of Winnipeg-area hospitals. After retiring to turn out to be a homemaker, Joan remained energetic within the nurses’ alumni group.

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We’re approaching the 100th anniversary of the births of a St. James couple who had been well-known for his or her involvement locally —Jack and Joan Thompson.

John Andrew (Jack) was born on Sept. 30, 1919, in Shoal Lake Man. He left faculty early to assist help his household and labored as a baker and undertaker’s assistant. Within the Second World Warfare he was a sergeant within the Royal Winnipeg Rifles and was a part of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. After the warfare, he labored for 39 years at Deer Lodge Hospital.

Jack and Joan Thompson, pictured at Jack's induction to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Jack and Joan Thompson, pictured at Jack’s induction to the Manitoba Baseball Corridor of Fame.

Joan Smith was born Oct. 18, 1919 within the R.M of Macdonald. Her father, E. Howard Smith was a Methodist church minister and Joan lived in many various components of Manitoba together with Melita, Killarney, Shoal Lake, a cottage on Assiniboine Avenue ( now a part of Westwood) and at 572 Maryland.

St.Joan was a star athlete who excelled in volleyball and basketball at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. In 1941, she turned a nurse and labored at a number of Winnipeg-area hospitals. After retiring to turn out to be a homemaker, Joan remained energetic within the nurses’ alumni group.

Jack and Joan had been married on July 7, 1951 and shortly moved into their Amherst Road dwelling. Their son Tom was born in 1951 and They had been concerned with the Deer Lodge Neighborhood Membership for over 50 years. Jack served two phrases as membership president, in addition to one time period as president of the seniors’ membership and Joan was additionally president of the seniors membership. Jack was the general public handle announcer on the opening evening of the St. James Civic Centre.

Jack and Joan spent their summers at baseball video games, as Jack was a scout for the Kansas Metropolis Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers. Beginning in 1985, Jack, who was referred to as “the voice of baseball in Manitoba” used his personal tools as public handle announcer at many ball video games. The Manitoba Junior Baseball League rookie-of-the-year award is called for him and, in 2004, he was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Corridor of Fame.

In 1997, Jack and Joan had been authentic residents of Colorado Estates on Ferry Highway, had been Jack served as leisure convenor and president. He was additionally the paper supply individual.

In 2005, Jack was  identified with most cancers and the couple moved to Sturgeon Creek Retirement Residence. Jack died on Oct. 5, 2005. In 2009, Joan’s 90th birthday was celebrated on the Vacation Inn Airport West. She died on Feb. 23,  2013.

Jack and Joan are survived by their son Tom, daughter in legislation Linda, and grandsons Paul and Eric.

Fred Morris is a group correspondent for St. James. Attain him at fredmorris@hotmail.com

Fred Morris

Fred Morris
St. James group correspondent

Fred Morris is a group correspondent for St. James.

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