Kathryn Thomson

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Kathryn Elizabeth was born on July 6, 1958 in London, Ontario to parents John and Isobel (Hanna) McLauchlan. Kathy was soon joined by younger siblings David (1961) and Karen (1965). The McLauchlan family resided in the village of Lambeth where Kathryn was among the first class of students enrolled in A.E. Duffield Public School.

Kathy's parents, John and Isobel, were very musical individuals and therefore, Kathryn and her siblings were introduced to music at a young age. Kathryn soon took up the piano, spending countless hours perfecting her talents, eventually obtaining her Grade 10 piano. Her love of music was present throughout her life, and she blessed many with her music. When not playing the piano she loved to listen to anything performed by the Bee Gees, Rod Stewart and her all time favourite, Elton John.

Once again Kathryn was in the first class to attend Saunders Secondary School in London. After graduating from high school she enrolled in Executive Secretarial Studies at Fanshawe College. Here Kathryn made some new girlfriends from the north, eventually tagging along with them for weekend trips home. On one such weekend, Kathryn was introduced to Kenneth William Thomson. The two hit it off immediately and began dating. Shortly after, Kathryn took a job opportunity at a bank in Owen Sound, the year was 1979. Their relationship continued to blossom and the young couple were married at Lambeth United Church on October 31, 1981. They quickly settled in on the Thomson Homestead, where Ken was a dairy farmer. Over the coming years, Kathryn spent some time working for the Town of Chesley and Middleton Insurance. Kathryn and Ken’s family began to expand in 1984 with the arrival of Graham. Michael followed 18 months later in 1985, with Braydon completing the family in 1995.

Once the boys arrived, Kathryn turned her attention to her family. Ken and the boys became her world, and she did everything in her power to care and support them. In addition to regular motherly duties, she became a Beaver leader, to spend extra time with the boys, and was instrumental in their minor hockey careers. She even took up the art of Karate with her boys.  She was a very involved mother!  It was during this time that she began working for the Bruce County Board of Education, covering a maternity leave. Opportunities continued to present themselves and Kathryn soon began working full-time at the Board Office in the Purchasing Department. 

In her free time, Kathryn loved a good visit!  She also created beautiful quilts, creative scrapbooks and she enjoyed decorating her home. Her true passion though was shopping!  From a young age she enjoyed clothes shopping at Westmount Mall, and this love continued throughout the duration of her life. She would always look forward to her yearly girls trip to Port Huron, Michigan. Kathryn was also a fabulous cook and excelled at baking. The boys fondly remember her shepherds pie, manicotti and mom's homemade pizza every Friday night.  She even canned her own jam!  Kathryn remained active within her church, Geneva Presbyterian, where she acted as a Sunday school teacher and spent numerous years on the Board of Management. In recent years, when limited by her health, she immersed herself in a variety of Netflix programming. Her favourites included A Typical, The Staircase and The Fosters, just to name a few.

Kathryn's family have many fond memories of time spent at the trailer at both Southampton and more recently Plympton-Wyoming. She loved the beach, especially Gobles Grove, as well as loved the opportunity to travel, both near and abroad. Kathryn had a particular fondness for root beer floats and always made time to stop with the boys at Frosty Queen in Wingham while making her frequent trips back to visit family in London. She loved to read, with Stephen King being one of her favourite authors. When taking time for herself, she enjoyed participating in exercise classes. Their family dogs, Sam, Ashley, Brandi, and Bailey, also kept Kathryn active through the years as she loved to take walks with them.

In 2006, Ken and Kathryn moved into Chesley from the farm. By this time she had left the School Board environment and was working as an office manager in an elementary school. She had short stops in Hanover and Walkerton before settling in at G.C. Houston in Southampton, a position she held until 2016 when her cancer diagnosis forced her to take a leave. 

Kathryn was a strong, kind, loving woman, who was very family-oriented. She was organized, thoughtful, fun and always optimistic. She worked hard, and always put Ken, her children and grandchildren first. She was a loving and devoted big sister and enjoyed spending time with her niece and nephews. Kathryn was a wonderful friend and colleague.  She could get along with anyone and always put her best foot forward. Sadly, Kathryn lost her battle with cancer on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the age of 61.

Kathryn will be lovingly remembered by her husband and best friend of 38 years, Ken Thomson. She was a loving and caring mother to Graham of Toronto, Michael (Paddy) of London and Braydon of Toronto and very proud grandmother to Callum, Evan, Felix and Garrett. Kathryn was a devoted sister and aunt to David and Teresa (Dylan and Danny) McLauchlan and Karen and Alastair (McKayla and A.J.) Bruff, all of London. She will be forever remembered by her many dear friends. Kathryn was predeceased by her parents John and Isobel (Hanna) McLauchan.

A memorial service honouring Kathryn’s life will be held at Geneva Presbyterian Church, Chesley on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Geneva Presbyterian Church or Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Paul & Joanne McLaren
November 26, 2019
Our deepest sympathy
Jan & Rob Cassells
November 21, 2019
44 years ago, I met Kathy and we became instant friends; she was one of my all-time favourite people and my life has been so enriched by having her as my friend. Rob and I have always so enjoyed times spent with her and Ken and the family. We will miss her immensely. Our condolences to her Thomson and McLauchlan families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jan & Rob
Terry Lawson
November 20, 2019
My condolences to the entire family. Kathy was such a warm and friendly person. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.
Tom & Karen Sweiger
November 20, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Kathy was a very caring and kind person. She was always happy, very positive and very proud of her family. Our deepest sympathy to Ken and family.
Cathy Martin-Stinson
November 19, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear about Kathy’s passing. As I read through the condolences it is very clear to see the kind of person Kathy was... warm, kind, caring. Her love for her family was always her top priority. She will be forever missed but her smile will live on in our memories
Ken, boys and families
Take care of each other as she would want you to
Brenda Gibbons
November 19, 2019
That is such sad news. I went to Fanshawe with Kathy a long time ago it seems. We had a lot of good times. We introduced Kathy to the great Grey Bruce. She was a beautiful person.
Heather and David Middleton
November 19, 2019
So sad that such a beautiful, joyful and warm friend has left us too soon. Kathy had such a great sense of fun. she was selfless. She carried herself with dignity. She spoke so proudly of her own family and grandchildren and David’s and Karen’s families. May those wonderful memories of times together comfort you all.
Deb and Scott Millar
November 19, 2019
We were so saddened to hear of Kathy's passing.
Kathy was a wonderful caring person and friend. I enjoyed working with her, sharing rides to PD sessions and spending time together while our boys played hockey together.
Our deepest sympathy Ken and family.
Sandi Wilton
November 18, 2019
Deepest sympathy to Ken and family. Kathy was a wonderful person with a huge heart and kind soul. She will be deeply missed by all.
Sandi Wilton (formerly McDonald)
Joan Denomy
November 18, 2019
I was very saddened to read this news. I always enjoyed talking to Kathy, she always had a smile on her face. My sincere sympathy to you Ken and your boys at this very sad time.
Joan Denomy
Ron and Marlene Calhoun
November 18, 2019
Ken, boys, and family.
Our deepest sympathy in the loss
of Kathy. A wonderful lady taken
much too soon.
Cherish the many memories that
you have!!

Brenda Campbell
November 18, 2019
Deepest sympathies to Ken and the boys. When I think of Kathy I picture her with a smile on her face. She was always such a classy lady. She will be truly missed.
Eileen McCurdy
November 17, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Kathy"s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family Ken
November 17, 2019
I am so saddened to hear of Kathy's passing. She was a beautiful caring soul in this world. Kathy was one of my "people", my true and kind friend.
I will miss her so very much! Please Ken, tell your son's and family that she was a real angel here on earth. When my sister died recently, Kathy sent me a beautiful sympathy card. I have read it over and over again. I told her they were the most beautiful words and I could feel her love and caring in the words. You have lost a lovely soul and please accept my sincere condolences. Sharon
Lori Williamson
November 17, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Kathy's family. She was always had the nicest smile for all and made everyone feel welcomed.
Dan and Tracy Subject
November 17, 2019
our deepest sympathy to Ken, the boys and their families. she was a good person and will be missed.

Dan and Tracy
Doug and Chris Fischer
November 17, 2019
We are so sorry to hear this news. Always enjoyed seeing Kathy somewhere and having a chat. Sending our sincere condolences to Ken and family.
Wally & Val Harvie
November 17, 2019
Deepest sympathy to Ken and boys. Kathy was always very kind and thoughtful. She will be missed!
Patty Ratchford
November 17, 2019
So very sad to hear of Kathy’s passing. I taught her two oldest boys and she was such a sweet caring mother. Her family is in my prayers.
Christine, Serenity & Andre Saunders
November 17, 2019
Kathy has such a special place in the hearts of everyone who knew her at G. C. Huston School. She was one of a kind, always smiling and friendly to everyone. She was competent and caring in all that she did. She was a big part of what held our school family together. Ken and family, may your footsteps be blessed as you celebrate this wonderful life.
Karey-Lane Reid
November 17, 2019
Such sad, sad news. Kathy had a gentle soul and a huge heart for family, friends and her fur-babies. Her family was her world and she lit up whenever talking about them. She was a fellow employee and a great friend. Will miss her deeply. RIP my friend.
Shawn & Nancy Morrow
November 17, 2019
We’re very sad to hear about Kathy and condolences to her family. She was such a bright light in the world and glad we got to know her.
Joni Lang
November 17, 2019
I am very saddened to hear this news. Kathy was a lovely person and gentle soul. Always a smile and a kind word. Just a super great person gone way to soon. Deepest sympathies to the entire family. May the wonderful memories you share help you through the difficult times.

Joni & Wayne Lang
Doug and Brenda Calhoun
November 17, 2019
My heart hurts hearing this news. I worked with Kathy as well. In the insurance business and at the Board office. She was such a lovely person. Hugs to her family.
Laurie Symonds
November 17, 2019
I am sad to hear.of.Kathy's.passing. We worked together for several years at BWDSB. Kathy was such a positive person and it was always so evident that her family members were the most.important people in her life. My condolences to Ken and her boys. She was such a proud mom.

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