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"NIT" 2003 Obituary


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NITSCHE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2003-11-05 published
Patricia Marilyn THORPE (née THOMAS)
Passed away suddenly on August 28, 2003 in London, Ontario, at the age of 70 years.
Patricia was born October 7, 1932 in Saint Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario. Daughter of the late Hon. F. S. (Tommy) Thomas (1957) and Myrtle (SYMES) THOMAS (1982.) Wife of the late Cameron George THORPE (1969,) partner of William Henry WADDELL. Beloved mother of James (Suzanne) THORPE, Burbank, California and Jane THORPE, Ottawa. Sister of Carolyn THOMAS, Saint Thomas, Shirley (Harry) FOSTER and Robert (Margery) THOMAS and aunt of Brien, Bruce, Kate and Mark THOMAS, all of Union, Ontario. Dear friend of the late John M. PECK (1994,) Grand Bend, Ontario (son Jeffrey, daughter Sandra,) and the NITSCHE family, London, Ontario. Adoptive "grandmother" to Emily, Valerie, and Jamie.
A dedicated teacher, Patricia touched the lives of thousands of children. She began her educational career in 1951 in Ottawa and subsequently taught for various Ontario school boards including Windsor, Toronto, Welland, Port Stanley, Lynhurst and ending with her retirement from the London Board of Education in 1986.
Patricia was also a talented musician and composer who played the piano and accordion, as well as a published poet, author and photographer. Her passion for learning continued on into her retirement years where she continued to pursue higher education in the arts and foreign languages.
Once met, never forgotten -- Patricia was a vibrant spirit whose gifts of love, courage, laughter and song will continue to bring joy and inspiration to her family and Friends for many years to come. Cremation, no service.

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