It is with broken hearts that we, the family of John ‘Jackie’ Thomson announce his passing on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the An Cala Palliative Care Unit, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, after a long battle with cancer.

Born on July 26, 1954 in Glace Bay, Jackie was the son of the late Charles and Rebecca (Grant) Thomson.

Jackie was predeceased by his loving wife, Veronica, whom he cared for through her battle with cancer until she passed in 2019.

Jackie is survived by his two children, Susan (Scott) Everill and Jonathon (Miranda) Thomson; three grandchildren, Jesse, Jenna, and Jace; siblings, Marie (Russel), Marilyn (Joe), Joe (Linda, deceased), Jerry (Linda), Patsy (Rick, deceased), Sharon (Tom), Billy (Rose), Les, Heather (Dave), Joss (Darlene), Vera (Raymond), Pam, Paul (Kathleen) and sister-in-law, Margie (Chummy, deceased); as well as several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and spouse, Jackie was predeceased by his brother, Chummy.

Jackie grew up in a large family and had lots of stories to tell about his childhood. He worked as a coal miner for Devco for many years and also ran a family garbage business, JVS Trucking, now known as S&J Disposal. He was always busy and up until just recently, would be found driving a garbage truck with his best buddy, Myra beside him. Jackie loved to spend time in the garage, chatting with the guys after they finished their shift and getting ready for the next workday. He enjoyed watching the Toronto Blue Jays and summers on the Mira. In his off time, he loved to go for a ride on his Harley with Jonathon or working on their next project, and going on an evening drive with Veronica, or calling his “Babe” Susan to talk about her day. Jackie loved his family, he loved to have his children and grandchildren around and would cook a family meal so they could get together every week. He loved his Sunday drives and going for breakfast and talking on the phone with his good buddies. Jackie had a giant heart, and always helped anyone who needed it.

We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Palliative Care Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, The Cape Breton Cancer Center, Dr Saliba, and many doctors and nurses who have helped Dad through his journey.

Memorials in memory of Jackie, may be made to An Cala Palliative Care Unit or the Cancer Care Fund (CBRH).

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of John ‘Jackie’ Thomson will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (Entrance on Church St.) Whitney Pier, on Friday, April 23, 2021. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 4-6 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 6 p.m. in the All Faith chapel with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. ‘Covid Protocols’ will be practiced at the service and for those unable to attend, ‘Live Streaming’ will be available on our website. Private family interment will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

Online Condolences

My thoughts and prayers are with you Susie and Jonathan in your time of grief. Sending my love and prayers to all the Thomson family.
Rip in peace uncle Jackie.
From:  Christine Carr

We are so sorry to read of Jackie’s passing and offer our sincere condolences to his family members.
Jackie and his family were wonderful neighbors of ours when growing up in Glace Bay.
He was raised in a large loving family and grew up with a strong work ethic.
He will be surely missed by his family and friends.
Rest in peace and be assured of our prayers.
From:  Shelly and Lesley Shaw

Susie & Jonathan, on behalf of Victor & I, V.J. & Michael, we send our deepest condolences. Jonathan you were like a 3rd son to us, and you know we love you just as much. Veronica and  I so often talked about you both and how deeply she loved you. I miss my chats with her and meeting her at the V V BOUTIQUE to do some shopping. She is at rest now being united with her love. RIP
From:  Victor & Jean Mazalin

So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He and my late husband, Dave, worked together for many years with Devco. The last time I saw your Dad both he and Dave were getting chemotherapy at the Cancer Centre in Sydney. They and your Mom and I had a great chat. May God give you strength and peace in the difficult days ahead. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
From:  Shirley Gardiner

Sending my condolence and prayers to the THOMSON Family. May you rest in peace Jackie.
From:  Doris(Seymour) Harper

Sorry for the loss of your dad it was a pleasure to know him
From:  Paul McIntyre