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In Memory of George Thomson

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of George Thomson on November 17, 2021.  George passed away holding hands with his beloved wife of 29 years, Fern Casey-Thomson.  He was a loving and caring husband a true gentleman, patient and kind, and loved and respected by everyone.

He beamed with great pride when talking about his children and step-children:  Deborah (Mark) Carbone; Sherry (the late Leigh) Morton; Brenda Gallino; Hidemi (Gord) Phillips; Debbie (Paul) Macdonell; Rick (Kathleen) Casey; Reverend Cindy Casey; and fondly remembered by David Gallino.

George was predeceased by his beloved wife Jean Ashton Thomson; his parents Erma and Stewart Thomson; his two brothers Stewart and Ronald and his step-son Paul Casey. Grandpa will be deeply missed by his many great grandchildren, grandchildren and by his many nieces and nephews. 

George’s impressive career included when in 1968, as the Director of CPIC, he was instrumental in the staffing, development and implementation of the Canadian Police Information Centre.  This computerized law enforcement system continues to be the system used in police cars across Canada.

Family and friends may pay their respects at Heritage Funeral Home (1250 Trim Rd, Orleans) on Monday, November 29th.  Visitation at 10:00 am, will be followed by a Celebration of Life and reception.  At the request of his family, attendance will be restricted to fully vaccinated guests only.  Advanced registration is not required however all guests must supply proof of vaccination and wear a mask.

Donations in George’s memory may be made to the CHEO or a charity of your choice and would be greatly appreciated.

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I never had the good fortune to meet George but by the time I arrived at CPIC in 1974 his legacy was well established. His contribution to the police and security community in Canada cannot be overstated. His vision reflected in the features and capabilities have stood the test of time, and have been adopted by several other police information systems both domestically and internationally. He deserves a high place in the history of Canadian policing and in particular, to that of the RCMP.

I never had the good fortune to work with George personally, but by the time I arrived at CPIC in 1977 his contribution and legacy were well-established. The features of CPIC have stood the test of time and have been adopted by several other national police services around the world. He should be recognized as a pioneer in Canadian computing, and the “grandfather” of Canadian police systems.

My condolences to the family.

Fern and family, please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband. The times we were able to spend together at family events were always special and will be fondly remembered.
One memory I hold close in my heart was when he helped me with a high school computer project when he was working in the automotive computer diagnostics field.
But my best memory of George was of the great green or purple grape debate. His theory was that it could never be decided. As soon as you ate one, that was your favourite, because you forgot how the other one tasted. As soon as you ate the other one that became your favourite.

Saddened to learn about the passing of Uncle George. Fond memories though of times with him and family at a cottage in the early sixties.

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