Linda passed away peacefully on Thursday August 27, 2020 at the Nipissing Serenity Hospice with family at her side at the age of 77 years. Beloved wife of Stanton “Jim” Thompson. Loving mother to Michael Gauthier (Joanne), Mark Cameron-Gauthier (Riian) and Kim Martin-Thompson (Frank). Cherished grandmother to Olivia and Paige. Linda was predeceased by her mother Daisy Fraser and father Karl Smith, brothers Gilman Smith, Dwight Smith (Lorraine -surviving) and her sister Dwyla Hartman (Uwe-deceased). She is survived by her brothers Karl Smith (Charlene), Blake Smith and her sister Ione Barre (Moe -deceased).
Born in Kirkland Lake on May 14, 1943, Linda was a very active person in the community for most of her life. She loved working with people. She spent many of her early adult years as a waitress, followed by 20 years as a cashier and then manager of the bakery department at A & P at the North Bay Mall. Her expertise was well known. She was often sent to other towns to help train other A & P employees. After her retirement from A & P she continued to bake delicious treats for her family, friends, and Legion events.
Linda believed strongly in education and was a regular parent volunteer at Dr. Carruthers where her sons went to school. She loved being a stage director for school plays. She was also the Vice-President for Canadian Parents for French for several years, traveling around the province and to other provinces leading the charge for French Immersion schools during the 1970s and 80s.
Linda was very active in the Royal Canadian Legion and was the past president of both North Bay’s Branch 23 and of the Powassan Branch. The family will receive visitors at the McGuinty Funeral Home (North Bay) on Saturday September 5, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Cremation will follow at Whispering Pines Funeral Homes Crematorium. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all the Staff, Nurses, and Doctors at the Nipissing Serenity Hospice for your care and compassion. If desired, donations are suggested to Nipissing Serenity Hospice, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society and would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at www.mcguintyfuneralhome.com
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Alheimer's Society of Canada
20 Eglinton Ave. W., 16th Floor, Toronto, Toronto ON M4R1K8
Canadian Cancer Society
Nipissing Serenity Hospice
P.O. Box 22006, North Bay ON P1B9P5