Obituaries

Alistair M. Thomson

December 15, 1933 - April 24, 2021

Posted by:
John Melnick

Posted on:
May 11, 2021

I believe I grew up in a “Utopia” . Attending Dakota Collegiate was a wonderful experience and teachers like Al Thomson were the reason. Smart , funny and fully engaged describe him . May he rest easy . John Melnick

Posted by:
mike gertner

Posted on:
May 11, 2021

I would like to offer my condolences, and more importantly share some sincere feelings about Al as an administrator while at Glenlawn Collegiate. He was a teachers' principal. He would mostly be concerned that all teachers were taken care of, and had what they needed to run a successful program regardless of their area of specialty. Those years with that administrative team, were the most enjoyable years I personally had at Glenlawn. I would think most staff and students felt the same way. Al was so supportive of all the great programs that were offered to the students. You would find him at band concerts, drama productions, sporting events, and more. He was a caring person who wanted to see everyone succeed. In my retirement , I have often looked back on those years and cherished many fond memories. On a lighter note, Al was so passionate about his support for our sports teams; he was able to get red-carded out of a jr. varsity basketball game and a boys soccer game. AND that was as a spectator!!! We had a lot of laughs, and Al was truly special. Thank you for the memories.

Posted by:
Neil Forsberg

Posted on:
May 9, 2021

Mr Thompson was my Grade 10 English teacher in about 1969. He was wonderful and somehow opened in me an awareness of a greater world. One of the things he did was play for us some Leonard Cohen!...I still remember it.....”Suzanne takes you down, to a boat by the river, and she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China” , ......! He was trying to show us what being Canadian was all about! He was just super cool and chill. I wish I had had the maturity to stay in touch. A wonderful man

Posted by:
Carolynne Cook

Posted on:
May 4, 2021

Mr. Thomson was the best teacher I ever had. Dakota in the 60’s, English Lit class. The one and only teacher I ever had that actually listened to a student’s opinion and would agree with them, I was one of them. Made a lasting impression on me. So sorry for your loss. Carolynne Cook

Posted by:
Maureen Mitchell Tyler

Posted on:
May 4, 2021

I was very fortunate to have your Dad as an English teacher in the late 60's at Dakota. He was my favourite teacher and made a huge impression on me. He made literature come alive. I can still remember his passion particularly teaching Cyrano de Bergerac. I am glad that he lived a rich full life and passed on many of his characteristics to you.

Posted by:
Art and Keiko Miki and family

Posted on:
May 4, 2021

We will miss the wonderful times we had with you, Michael, Donna and the all kids and grandkids when we gathered at Christmas and New Years. As the years went on we now watch the kids (Young adults and their partners) enjoy playing their games and having fun and enjoying each others company. It was also a time to reflect on the past years and share the stories that the kids didn't want to hear or remember. We will miss you dearly at the family get togethers.

Posted by:
Bill Noyes

Posted on:
May 1, 2021

Dear Michael and David, First I would like to compliment you and the elegantly written tribute to your Dad. It reflects the same love of language that he no doubt surrounded you with as kids. The years at Dakota teaching with your Dad were certainly the most marvellous times! In him I found a mentor and a hero and a friend. The love and esteem I have for him can't be overstated (he hated overstatement!). To me Al had tremendous insight into what's true in life and he could see through and cut through B.S. like no-one else. I don't know if Holden Caulfield ever said "that drives me crazy", but I sure heard him say that about some of the stupid s--t we both hated so much. I happened to hear that he was in the Vic (Just before we all got smacked by COVID) and we went up to see him for a brief visit. We had a very good visit and we discovered that he was reading the same Malcolm Gladwell book as I was! He told me years ago that he was only reading non-fiction and I've done the same since. We shared a great love of sports, and a farewell greeting we adopted from Polonius' advice to Laertes: "Hoops" I'll never forget him and treasure the memories, and I love that you put his picture in a Jets jersey. Bill Noyes

Posted by:
Kent Paterson

Posted on:
May 1, 2021

Our condolences on the passing of your father, grandfather and good friend. Loved the time I got to spend with Al. A good man and a life lived well. Thoughtful obituary that told his story well. Details I never knew but which made me smile. Kent and Laurie