Passed away peacefully in the early hours of May 27, 2021. Bev was born to Roy and Ruth Topham on March 13, 1940 in Owen Sound (the good people and the good place that made her and were forever in her heart) and graduated from OSCVI (which she fondly remembered as Owen Sound’s Collection of Various Idiots). Bev turned heads bombing around in her grandfather’s ‘37 Ford (stray boys in the rumbleseat), was the first girl to show up to class in jeans, and twisted the nights away listening to Elvis.
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Predeceased by too many of her oldest friends and closest family, Bev is survived by her loving husband of fifty-eight years, James Thompson, and will be forever missed by their children, Dave and Ruthann; their spouses, Krista and Dan; and her grandchildren, Kennedy (Zachary), Mallory, Ryan, and Adam. She is also survived by her sister, Susan (Alex), and many cousins, inlaws, nieces and nephews. Bev and Jim met in London in 1961, married and raised their children there, before finally moving to Cambridge in 2018 to be closer to their family.
Bev worked several jobs over the years but was most famously known as the “Walmart Jewellery Lady”, where her very favourite thing was to hear a small voice calling out “Grannnny” across the sales floor.
Bev loved to talk and to laugh, to play cards and go to coffee with her friends, to read paperback novels (hardcovers were too heavy and bonked her nose when she fell asleep reading in bed); she loved dogs and crime shows, watching NASCAR and going on fast motorcycle rides; she wore purple shirts and Skechers shoes and never left the house without her lipstick on; she spent summers growing up at Sauble Beach, enjoyed family dinners at the farm, and was rewarded in retirement with warm winters in Florida. Bev was not wealthy in goods but never hesitated to share the riches in her heart: there was always a place at her table for someone who needed dinner or company; she could always find something appropriate to donate to strangers in times of emergency; she was a warm, bright light who will continue to shine in the hearts of all she touched.
Bev’s family would like to thank the staff of Hilltop Manor, who took fond and respectful care of her in her final months; we appreciate, in particular, how hard their jobs became over the last year of lockdowns and it is a comfort to know that Bev was in such capable hands. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no funeral at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada in the name of Beverley Thompson.