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Joseph Urban Thompson


Lieutenant-Commander, RCN / C.A.F.


Died: 31 Jan 2020


THOMPSON, Joseph Urban - Passed away on January 31, 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in Saint John, N.B., he was a son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Thompson. He grew up in the village of Nelson-Miramichi, N.B., and was a member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church. On graduation from high school, he fulfilled his desire to enroll in the Royal Canadian Navy and began a career that spanned 37 years and saw him rise through the ranks from Ordinary Seaman to Lieutenant- Commander. During his career he served in bases and stations across Canada, United States and with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in the Middle East, as well as at sea on a number of Canada's warships. Upon his retirement from the Navy he returned to Nelson-Miramichi and involved himself in many volunteer and community ser vices. He was a former chairman of the Board of Directors of Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home, former member of the Board of Directors of Miramichi Regional Hospital, former chairman of the Rotary Club of Newcastle, member of the Board of Directors of the Nelson Family and Seniors Housing Association, and was active in the Nelson Cenotaph Refurbishment project. Provincially he was a former member of the New Brunswick Non-Profit Housing Association in Fredericton. An accomplished artist, his work has been shown in galleries in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In 2016 he and his wife relocated to be closer to family. He is survived by his wife, Crystal Skelhorn-Parker; sons, Robert (Janice) of Eastern Passage; and William (late Linda) of Lawrencetown; sister, Joan Parker of Moncton, N.B.; stepsons, Shaun Parker (Michelle) and Jeffory Parker of Vancouver, B.C. He was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Morash; and brother, Kenneth. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will take place in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth on Saturday, February 8th from 1-3 p.m. Donations in Joe's memory may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada or to a charity on one's choice. Interment will take place at a later date in Nelson-Miramichi, N.B. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 04 Feb 2020)


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