C. Lorayne Thompson
Thompson, Lorayne – Age 91 passed away peacefully on April 26, 2020. She was predeceased by her husband Ken, parents Charlie and Jean Brown, her brothers Leighton and Brud, and sister-in-law Dorothy. She is survived by her son Craig and his wife Cheryl, children Carly Reed (Logan MacDonald), Kris Reed (Jade Guthrie) and nieces Patty Weatherbee (Allan) and Dale Swallow (Roger). Lorayne had a zest for life and a love for family and friends, she rarely looked back and was always excited about what the future held. She grew up in Amherst and met Ken while he was attending Mt. A. They moved around NS and NB before eventually settling in Riverview. She quickly developed a circle of great friends, whose loyalty was demonstrated each and every week when they visited her at Monarch Hall, even after dementia had taken her ability to speak. For this we will be forever grateful to Kaye, Sheila, Pat, Joan and Mary. Lorayne also understood the importance of giving back to her community and did so through multiple events and the IODE and Sorority. She might be best remembered for her bus trips to the US, which combined her love of cross border shopping with philanthropy. Working with her wonderful friend Bev they raised several thousand dollars for Friends of the Moncton Hospital. Lorayne loved children, so it seemed natural that she would open a kindergarten in her home which ran for 25 years. Countless children know their ABCs and how to tie their shoes because of Mrs. Thompson. During the 70s Ken and Lorayne purchased a property on the Amherst Shore so they could be close to friends Jean and Foreman Smith. The cottage quickly became a place of great family memories, but it also provided employment opportunities for the family when they opened Craig’s Grocery. Lorayne went on to run the store for 25+ years providing endless amounts of penny candy and ice cream to happy neighbours. We want to thank Lorayne’s niece Patty for your dedication, we know that Mom valued and loved every minute together.
We would also like to thank the incredible staff at Monarch Hall for their compassionate care, particularly during the past few weeks when current circumstances prevented cross border travel.
For anyone wishing to make a donation please consider Friends of the Moncton Hospital.
A celebration of Lorayne’s life will be held at a later date when permitted.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Tuttle Brothers Riverview Funeral Home 214 Pine Glen Rd. Riverview, NB (506) 857-9544
Online condolences can be made at www.tuttlefuneralhome.ca