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Memorable Manitobans: James William Thompson (1921-2002)

Prison official.

Born at Burton-on-Trent, England on 9 October 1921, his early training as a plumber’s apprentice was interrupted by the Second World War, which he spent as a flight instructor with the Commonwealth Air Training Program, being stationed at various bases in Western Canada. Soon after the war, Thompson returned to Canada, and in 1959, joined the Penintentary Service, rising from resident plumber at Stoney Mountain to Acting Warden. In 1975, he took over the halfway house in Winnipeg and then retired in 1979. He was an active member of the Retired Federal Prison Officers Association of Manitoba.

He died on 14 February 2002.


Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, 16 February 2002, page 54.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 2 December 2008

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