February 11, 1947 – June 29, 2021
Sadly, we announce the passing of George on June 29th at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto. Predeceased by his parents, Gwynneth Marian Scholfield Thompson and Lt. Col. James Wilfred Gaius Thompson, and by his brother, Michael George Gaius Thompson. Survived by his sister-in-law, Lynda Thompson; former spouses, Sharron Marlow and Joanne Nelson; nieces and nephews, Laura (Frank Rekrut), James (Stephanie Unwin), Aaron (Tara Meyer), and Kate (Colin McCubbin); great-nieces and nephews Michael (Lydia Klaassen), Annabelle, Timmy, Molly, Olivia and Charlie; and great-great-nephew Theo.
George will be remembered for his loyalty to his friends, witty narratives, lively sense of humour, and his dedication to reading for the blind at the CNIB. Born and raised in Toronto, he attended various schools, including Crescent School and Trinity College School (TCS) in Port Hope. Known for his mellifluous voice, he initially worked as a radio announcer in Kirkland Lake. Always dapper, George transitioned to working at a branch of Ely’s at the Royal York Hotel. These careers suited him well: George was a gentleman who spoke the Queen’s English with a correct mid-Atlantic accent, and he dressed with care. (Woe betide the relative who did not have precisely ¼” of cuff showing.) Adventure characterized George’s early years. Stories of travelling through Europe on his motorcycle, playing his guitar in bars in Spain, were epic. In later years, George embraced his love of languages, polished his French at the Alliance Francaise, and applied both his French and his culinary talents during a summer sojourn in France.
Throughout his life, his second home was Stony Lake where he shared happy (sometimes hilarious) and meaningful moments with his many friends. In the earlier years, the guitars came out and there were singalongs late into the night. He loved paddling in his exquisite cedar strip canoes, usually accompanied by a beloved dog.
Throughout his life, George collected friends: from childhood days in Rosedale, at the lake, at TCS, in radio, at Ely’s and among other readers at the CNIB. His legacy is the memories he made with friends and his voice work, both of which will endure.
Donations, if desired, can be made to the George P. Scholfield Bursary at Trinity College School, a fund which honours his late Uncle George, TCS Head Boy 1924, who died at Dieppe. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
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