THOMSON, MANLEY LAROY
May 20, 1933 - January 12, 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Manley LaRoy Thomson of Drumheller, Alberta beloved husband of Barbara Thomson on January 12, 2017 at the age of 83 years. Manley was born on May 20, 1933 in Drumheller to Ray and Gladys Thomson. He spent his childhood on the family farm east of Rowley. Manley worked at the Railway until he joined the Air Forces in 1955, serving until 1958 where he met and married Barbara Marsh on July 12, 1958 in London, Ontario. The family moved back to Alberta to the family farm where they raised three children. Manley sold the farm and moved to Drumheller in 1978, where he worked for the Alberta Wheat Pool. He held three different positions including Assistant Manager in Munson until his retirement. Manley was a very active member of the ELKS of Canada for the past 54 years. He was initiated into the Big Valley Lodge and then transferred to the Drumheller Lodge #54. Manley became an enthusiastic member of the Big Country Swingers Square Dance Club in 1987. He held various positions with the club. He also was a member to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #22 for 19 years. Manley was a very community minded man, his help was just a phone call away. Manley will be sadly missed by his family and a lifetime of friends. Manley leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Barbara, one daughter Cheryl (aka Cheri her spouse Tracy) Hoffmann, one son Stephen Thomson, grandchildren Ashley Hoffmann, Kirstyn Hoffmann, Dylan Kikoak, Victoria Hoffmann, Dustin Barrie( Thomson), Samantha Hoffmann, great grandchildren Corbin Stone and Keilyn Stone, three sisters Marion Perrier, Arla Nelson, Norlene (Bob) Hudgeon, sister in law Kim (Paul) Fitzgerald, one brother Orman (Gloria) Thomson, brother-in-law Bill Marsh, and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Manley was predeceased by his parents Roy and Gladys Thomson, his brother Norris Thomson, his sister Everna Corry, and his son George Kevin Thomson. A Service of Remembrance will be held Friday, January 20, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Knox United Church, 195 3rd Avenue East, Drumheller, Alberta with Reverend Heather Carlson officiating. Memorial donations may be made in loving memory of Manley Thomson to the Elks and Royal Purple Fund For Children, 100-2629 29th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4S 9Z9 or the Drumheller Area Health Foundation (Palliative Care) 351 9th Street NW, Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y1. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.