THOMSON, COLIN GIFFORD WAKELY
October 17, 1924 – September 8, 2011
Surrounded by family,
Gifford passed away
peacefully in his 86th year. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him. Son of Wilber and
Gladys Thomson, he was born in Kelowna and lived all his life on the family farm in Okanagan Mission.
Gifford is survived by his wife Brenda (nee Butler) and his seven children,
Stephen (Brenda), Gillian, Margot (Mike), Kirsty (Jim), Diana (Mike), Elizabeth (Brian), Colin (Sarah), and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his sister Marjorie (Mike), sister-in-law Dorothy and many nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Ken. Gifford’s grandparents settled here in 1892. His father died in 1934, leaving him the responsibility at a young age to help his mother. He enlisted in the RCAF when he was 18, reaching the rank of Flying Officer and was posted
overseas. After the war ended he took over the family farm from his uncle and with his brother established Thomson Brothers, operating a successful dairy farm up to 1979. Milk was shipped to NOCA, of which Gifford served as president and director for many years. He was active in the
Community Hall Association, St. Andrew’s Church, and the Okanagan Historical Society. He continued his love of flying for many years, co-piloting with Henry Hobson. He loved to play bridge and belonged to a men’s bridge club that was
established in the late 1940’s and is still active today. Those who have gone before are waiting so we have sent him off with a deck of cards and enough change to cut in. Gifford and Brenda were married in 1951 and recently celebrated a 60th anniversary attended by many old friends and
relatives. Gifford was a devoted husband, father,
grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. His
patience for teaching everyone how to drive tractors, trucks and boats, change sprinklers, and load a trailer of hay will be well remembered by all generations. His ability to tell
humorous stories of these times was a highlight of family parties. Stories abound with great love for Dad. He will be remembered as a fine, honourable, hard-working man, with a huge talent for one-liners, and he will always
be an understated hero in everyone’s eyes.
The funeral will take place at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 4961 Lakeshore Road, at 2:00 pm on
Friday, September 16th, 2011.
Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services 250-860-6440.