- Mr. Byron Earnest Thompson, age 91, resident of Upsala, Ontario, Canada, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Hospital on April 18, 2017. Born on December 20, 1925, in Medway, Maine, he was raised and educated in Medway.
He worked for 27 years for Great Northern Paper Mill of East Millinocket, Maine, where he was Foreman in the finishing room and in charge of loading the trains. After retiring from the mill, he drove disabled children to appointments, and polished floors at Millinocket Regional Hospital. After moving to Upsala, he worked various jobs as a cook.
Byron was enlisted in the United States Army on October 6, 1944, and served during World War II as a private for three and three-quarters months, a PFO rifleman for nine months, a Sergeant Leader for four months, and a Sergeant Military Policeman for three months. He was honorably discharged on August 16, 1946.
He is survived by his wife of almost 65 years, Melissa VanDine Thompson; and eight of his nine children: Cynthia Sweeney (husband Michael), Darrell Thompson (wife Jeanne), Gaye Beebe (husband Paul), Julie Delaplain (husband Frank), Beth Odonal (husband Dana), Malcolm Thompson (wife Julie), Calvin Thompson (partner Rebekah), and Benjamin Thompson (wife Rebecca), as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Ersul Chasse and Isbelle Walsh. He was predeceased by his son, Craig Thompson; and daughter-in-law, Rhonda (Calvin's wife).
Whenever asked how he was doing, his answer was, "I'm alright!"
A memorial service will be held on May 5, 2017, at 11 a.m. in Upsala at the Community Centre. Interment will be held at a later date in Medway, at Grindstone Cemetery. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph's Foundation of Thunder Bay would be greatly appreciated by the family.
Published on  April 27, 2017