Name: Bryan Thompson
Born: August 14, 1934
Died: October 20, 2018 (84)
SMC Member: December 14, 2004 (13)
Bryan Thompson passed away on October 20, 2018 at the age of 84. He was born on August 14, 1934 in Darwen, Lancashire, England; son of William and May (nee Grime) Thompson. His family immigrated to Toronto, Canada when he was 16.
Bryan graduated from the University of Toronto with honors in geography. He later received his Masters degree and PhD from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1963, Bryan married Jean Martin and the two spent the next 55 years devoted to each other and their loving family. The couple moved to Grosse Pointe Park in 1967 as Bryan started teaching at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Bryan was involved in many activities. He loved soccer and bird watching. He was blessed to have traveled numerous times back to England, Scotland, Wales, Scandinavia, Portugal, and Normandy. He kept his English heritage alive by cooking traditional English breakfasts for his family. He was an avid reader who had published works in geography and urban studies. Dr. Thompson was active in the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club and deeply involved with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
He will be remembered for his kind hearted nature and selflessness. He was always there for his friends and family during a time of need. He lived by the motto “Keep the Faith”.
He will be missed by his loving wife Jean. He was proud of his daughter Sheila; and twin sons William (Julie), and Ian (Lori). He adored his grandchildren Abigail, Claire, Charlie, JJ, Hayley, and Luke. He is survived by his dear sister Shirley Saunders (Derek) and many other beloved family members and lifelong friends in Canada and England.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave., at Vernier Rd., Grosse Pointe Woods. He will lie instate on Friday from 9:00 am until the time of his funeral at 10:00 am at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 20475 Sunningdale Park, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, or the Capuchins, 1820 Mt Elliott, Detroit. ahpeters.com