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THOMPSON, Patrick

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May 9, 2024

With profound sadness, we share that Patrick left us too soon on Thursday, May 9th, in Wakefield, Quebec. The brilliant, thoughtful, and charismatic son of Jacky and Richard, Patrick Benn Kieran ”Paddy” Thompson, was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on August 3, 1978. 

Paddy was one of a kind – uniquely caring, funny, and bright. Those who knew him cherished his infectious enthusiasm for adventure, quick wit, and innate curiosity that inspired him to travel the globe. Paddy loved connecting with people and made new friends wherever he went. He will always be remembered for his bright smile and kind heart. 

‍From a young age, Paddy was blessed with a great sense of adventure, a love of the outdoors, and creativity. He was an avid skateboarder and snowboarder. As a teenager, he competed at the Quebec Provincial level in snowboarding.

His love of the arts began at a young age, and he dedicated his life to being an artist. His work extended across mediums, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and public installation.

His artwork has been exhibited internationally, including the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Guanlan International Printmaking Base in China, the British Museum, and in Spain, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Malta, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the United States, and Canada – at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and significantly in the Canadian Arctic in Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut.

‍Paddy’s greatest impact was felt in Canada where he made annual trips to Nunavut to work with Indigenous children, introducing them to art and leaving an indelible mark as a cherished friend and mentor. Paddy believed in fairness and justice and he shared his love and knowledge unconditionally. 

Paddy was greatly loved and will be deeply missed. His spirit will carry on through his parents, Jacky and Richard (Sally), his siblings Emma (David), Dominic (Jenna), and Thomas, and his niece Jacqueline and nephews Harrison, Graham, and Christophe, whom he adored more than anything.

‍A celebration of Paddy’s amazing life will take place on May 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche, located at 38 Chemin de la Vallée in Wakefield, Quebec. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made here: https://gofund.me/25841c00

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and photos of Patrick here: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/xRMPTs3s

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