|Dean V. Thompson, circa 1950s.|
You died days later, on May 6. We'd already made travel plans and we kept them because now there was more than a picnic on the hill. There was your memorial service too.
|Queta, Caroline and Mary B preparing for the slide show.|
No, the long green cord was not in sight during the memorial celebration.
'Dean V. Thompson: A Life Well Lived', a video (here's the link) with dozens of old photos from your earliest days as a child on the Canadian prairie to years in Aruba as Lago's supervising principal and then on to images with grandchildren and then great grandchildren. And Mom was always at your side. The photos were set to music which Mom conducted and in which we heard your tenor voice. And as we all know, because Mom told us, "Dean's voice colors the whole tenor section." So, hearing your tenor like chocolate icing on a cake pushed many of us to tears. Just as it always does.
Thanks to Chris for giving a family blessing, made all the better because he held Ben in his arms.
Dad, on Saturday afternoon, we held the seventh annual Thompson/Hansen/Maher family picnic where kites were flown with much tangling of lines, footballs were thrown and slow cooked brisket, salads and cobbler filled plate after plate. And we watched as that new tent Caroline made was barricaded by your granddaughters with Chinese paper parasols. Heather Maher just posted a video of the picnic on Facebook and all appears idyllic. I'll have the link soon.
|Cousins Peyton and Lucy. Photo, Tanner Page.|
|Trish and Rosemary, the littlest one. This photo and next five, Heather Maher.|
|Brothers-in-law, Dan and Greg. This photo and the next three, Heather Maher.|