Gwendolyn Ellinor Thompson

May 5, 1953 - June 21, 2020

Gwendolyn Ellinor Thompson, 67, a resident of Cape Coral since 2015, formerly of Annapolis, MD and Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020 in Cape Coral. She was born May 5, 1953 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, Canada to Kenneth and Reta Lang, now deceased. She was also predeceased by in-laws Archie and Phyllis Thompson and brother-in-law Mark Thompson.

Gwen was of the Lutheran faith. She expertly and lovingly balanced a homemaker’s and professional life working in many senior administration positions around the world including Calgary and Toronto in Canada, California, Maryland and Saudi Arabia.  She was an avid hockey fan and enthusiastic supporter of her husband, sons and grandson’s hockey teams as well as her favorite professional team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Gwen had a gentle personality with an infectious smile and lived life the way she taught her family:  Do what’s right, do what’s good, do it with kindness and help others.  She was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her sons, instilled in them strong values that have served them well and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Grandma and lovingly looked forward to every visit. Earlier in life she embraced and cherished her role as big sister to her siblings. She was truly one of a kind.

Gwen is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years, Brad Thompson of Cape Coral; two loving children, Blair Thompson (Jennifer) of Canton, MI, and Christopher Thompson (Kathryn) of Glenwood, MD; three siblings, Richard Lang (Debbie) and Donna Fleck (Harvey) of Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada, Glen Lang (Connie) of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada; seven grandchildren, Spencer, Bailey, Kelly, Stacia, Adelaide, Avery, Carter; as well as several nieces and nephews.  Gwen is also survived by Sister-in-Laws Bonnie Frank (Lorne) of Indio, California, Pat Thompson of Boyle, Alberta, Canada, Brother-in-Laws Blaine Thompson (Jana), Regina Saskatchewan, Canada and Darcy Thompson of Vancouver, BC Canada. She will also be lovingly remembered by her best friend and caregiver Susan Hart of Cape Coral, Fl.

Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her infant son, Curt.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Canada. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com

There will not be any services held in Florida.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Gwendolyn Ellinor Thompson are suggested to The Turtle Hospital @ https://www.turtlehospital.org/files/2014/12/Donation-Form.pdf

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Guestbook

  1. Blair Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Mom was such a caring person. She had helped me many times over and couldn’t have done it with out her. Rather it was helping me raise Spencer and Bailey or waking up every few hours to help Jen feed the twins. She has left behind a lasting impression on all her grandchildren and I see it in the caring person Stacia has; and still is becoming. You will be missed, but I know your spirit will be here with me. Love forever and always your Son Blair

  2. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 11:09 am

    A beautiful and loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Big Sister!

  3. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Son’s Chris college graduation

  4. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 11:38 am

    A Loving Wife

  5. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Loved by all whoever met Gwen and a friend for life!

  6. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 11:43 am

    So proud of her family!

  7. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Loved forever by all.

  8. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day 2020

  9. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Best Friends!

  10. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Big Sis!

  11. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Gwen’s Grandchildren where the gifts of her life! Grandma, Staci, Carter and Avery hiking in the Smokies in 2019

  12. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Celebrating Grandma Thompson’s Birthday

  13. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Never without a SMILE!

  14. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    A toast to a lovely Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Big Sister and a Great Friend to ALL.

  15. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    So Proud of Her Heritage.

  16. Lorne & Bonnie Frank, Indio, CA Jun 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Our hearts are broken with the passing of our dear sister-in-law Gwen. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Gwen had unending love for her husband, sons and grandchildren. She touched so many lives with her kindness and great personality. We cherish the times we had together with Gwen and those memories will live in our hearts forever. To Blair and Chris & your families you were so blessed to have a great Mom and Grandmother. Brad, what a wonderful 49 years you had together. Gwen was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Our arms are wrapped around you all with love and prayers during this most difficult time.

  17. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Where did this sassy look come from?

  18. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    From her Granddaughter Addie, of course!

  19. Jen Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Just one of the “kids”, enjoying a day at the beach and making wonderful memories!!
    Stac, Ave, & Carter can remember many fun trips to the beach with Grandma.

  20. Jen Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Mom was one of the most selfless people I know. She did everything for everyone else without asking for a thing. I have countless stories. One in particular stands out, though. She moved in with us for an extended stay after the twins were born. Carter was 3 lbs at birth and needed to pack on the pounds to get ready for open heart surgery. Mom slept on the couch and would wake him up every 3 hours to make sure he fed regularly.

  21. Susan Hart Jun 23, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Wow where do I start. Nothing I say will ever be enough to say about this truly unique and amazing woman. She was always smiling, full of joy and so grateful. Perfect loving demeanor. Gwen was like a sister and eventually through this process a daughter. She loved music and church. She loved to hold my hand and look at me with that smile. Always saying thank you for everything and anything. She loved hugs and was always telling me she loved me. We went on trips together, celebrated holidays, and spent everyday of every moment together ❤, from dinner to beach trips to music festivals and can’t leave out hair and nails. Girls day was a must. I know she is in a much better place right now. I try to fill that huge hole in my heart knowing she isn’t suffering anymore. She has clarity in her thoughts.

  22. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    Flowers in memory of our dear Gwen, Mom and Grandma

  23. Brad Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Mom was as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers

  24. Wendy Gray Jun 23, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    Brad and family,
    My deepest condolences on your loss.

    Cousin
    Wendy Gray(Widenmaier)
    BC Canada

  25. Nora Allison Jun 23, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    We are blessed and honored to have known Gwen. Although we knew her only in the last few years, we have such fun and happy memories. Prayers of comfort to Brad and the family.

  26. Blaine and Jana Thompson Jun 23, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Still in shock over the loss of our sister-in-law Gwen. She will forever be held dear in our hearts. Compassionate, care-free, easy-going and with a heart of gold. To Brad, family and friends, our deepest condolences to a great lady. She will be truly missed!!

  27. Turf and cindy kauffman Jun 23, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    We were blessed to have such a giving, loving and caring Gwen come into our lives when Kate married her son, Chris. Sharing our grandchildren, Kelly first then Addie, gave us a special bond that was such a joy. Always ready to lend a hand or do whatever needed doing. Rest well,Gwen, and keep an eye on us all.

  28. Cliff Woodhall Jun 23, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Cape Coral has lost a great spirit & lovely woman in Gwen. She will be missed. 😞😞

  29. Toni (Sakalas) Saghirian Jun 24, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Sending deepest sympathy to the Thomson family. Gwen was the ultimate ice hockey mom and we shared many games together as our sons played. We cheered, laughed and enjoyed each game. May she rest in peace. All God’s best!

  30. Brad Thompson Jun 24, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Time for Cheer with friends in the Cape!

  31. Brad Thompson Jun 24, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Ok, What did Mom put in the pancake mix??

  32. Angela Anderson-Moore Jun 24, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Brad, I am so sorry for your loss and I am sorry that I was not able know Gwen like everyone else. But it is truly a blessing to know that she was loved by so many. My condolences go out to you and your family.

  33. Chris Fleming Jun 24, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Brad, I was so sad to hear of the passing of your wife. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May she Rest In Peace.

  34. Collaeyn Hazen Jun 24, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Sending love and sympathy to the Thompson family. I’m sorry that I never had a chance to meet Gwen, but my dear friend Brad embodies this quote from Gwen’s memorial: “Do what’s right, do what’s good, do it with kindness and help others”, so I can imagine how wonderful a person Gwen was, and her loss must be heartbreaking.

  35. Geanea Leighland Jun 24, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Brad, it’s so wonderful to see your family pictures! I’m sorry I never knew Gwen, she was such a lovely person! My condolences to you and your family.

  36. Roger Halls Jun 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Hello Brad,
    I was so sorry to hear the news and my condolences to you and your family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Gwen so thank you for sharing the wonderful family pictures. My thoughts are with you and wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time.

  37. Brad Thompson Jun 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    #1 Hockey Mom. Small in stature but big in enthusiasm!

  38. Brad Thompson Jun 24, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Strategist for the next hockey game. Gwen is smiling. She already knows what the winning plan should be. Not so much of the other person!

  39. Brad Thompson Jun 24, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    And we won the hockey game! Gwen just letting us know that she knew all along what the outcome would be!

  40. Lane Copeland Jun 24, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Brad – My family sends our condolences for you & your families loss. Beautiful pictures and the description of Gwen sounds like she was such a wonderful woman!

  41. Tom Fortunato Jun 24, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Brad,

    I am very sorry to hear about your wife and wish you and your family my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. This thread introduced me to your amazing bride and family and serves as an amazing testament to the type of woman she was and family you raised together.

  42. Brad Thompson Jun 24, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    We Will Meet Again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsM_VmN6ytk

  43. debra jaskow-naylor Jun 25, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Brad and Family Sending heartfelt condolences to you all. I loved the pictures you shared. Aunt Jean, Debbie, Lori and families

  44. Marty Trackman Jun 25, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Brad: SO sorry for your loss. Keep your faith and lean on your kids and grandkids for strength. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  45. Kerry Purves Jun 25, 2020 at 11:06 am

    I had the privilege to go to school with Gwen and Brad in grad 11. Estevan Composite High opening year. My cousin Brad and his girl bombed around Estevan at lunch times Some great life long memories. My condolences to you Brad and your family.

  46. Pat Thompson Jun 25, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    What more can be said about Gwen that hasn’t already been said in previous comments.
    She was indeed a remarkable lady and my best friend for many years. Our children were very close in their toddler years and we babysat for each other many times.
    It was so sad when Brad and Gwen and the boys moved away from us.
    I like to think Gwen and Mark are sitting together now laughing and remembering the many good times we had. (Especially the Rider games.)
    My deepest condolences to you Brad, Blair and Chris and your families.
    Gwen will be truly missed, always loved and forever remembered.
    Love to you all.

  47. Alicia Lowe Jun 25, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Brad, I’m so sorry for your loss! My deepest sympathies to you and your family!

  48. Rick and Therese Weyermann Jun 25, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    As our kids were growing up we had the fortune of spending countless hockey trips with Gwen. There was no gentler soul watching our kids compete and no one cheering louder for them than Gwen.

    We loved her and will always cherish her memory!

  49. Becky Richardson Jun 26, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Brad and Family
    Gwen was an amazing wife (Brad even if she was your second lol). Mother and grandmother. She would talk about her boys and their families. Being an advent hockey Mom made all our games enjoyable. Our trips were always something to look forward to never knew what was going happen. So many stories that will live in our hearts forever.
    So sorry for your loss.
    Love and Hugs Ken and Becky

  50. Brad Thompson Jun 27, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Grandma joying a day on the boat in Annapolis with Stacia.

  51. Les Thompson Jun 27, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Brad and Family,
    Although I did not get to know Gwen personally it’s obvious from family and posted comments that she was a loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend to all in her life. That must make your hearts swell with pride and thankfulness that she was an integral part of your lives. To top it all off – she was a Toronto Maple Leaf Fan!
    The loss of such a remarkable person is painful for all and especially the family.
    My deepest sympathy and “may the God of all comfort and tender mercies” comfort all of you at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1; 3,4
    Your cousin – Les Thompson

  52. Brad Thompson Jun 29, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    Gwen loved Florida and made this her final stop on her life’s journey. Never without a smile!

  53. Brad Thompson Jun 29, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Even waiting in line in the hot Florida sun would not deter Gwen from smiling!

  54. Brad Thompson Jun 29, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    An overnight trip on the Auto Train to visit Sons, Daughter-in-Laws and Grandchildren always brought a smile and a toast to exciting times ahead!!

  55. Brad Thompson Jun 29, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    One of Grandma’s favorite places was Disney World (and Disney Land) but what made it more enjoyable was spending it with some of Grandchildren. She was THE Princess and Queen of the Castle

  56. Brad Thompson Jun 29, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Gwen’s favorite place in the evening was watching the Florida sunset from the dock. Like a brilliant sunset, she WAS the shining light the lit up everyone’s life!

  57. Brad Thompson Jun 29, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Gwen made everyone smile. She had such a gentle demeanor and a natural talent to make everyone around her happy. She had heart full of love for everyone.

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