Friends remember Dale Thomson by Caleb Nickerson

Dale Thomson, a long-time community pillar and founding member of the Shawville Lion’s Club, passed away on Sept. 24. Pictured, Thomson spoke at the Club’s 67th annual Charter night on Nov. 19, 2016.

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, the notion being that a tight-knit community contributes more to a person’s development than any one individual could.
In some cases, the inverse is true as well.
Sometimes there are certain people that help shape their community through hard work and sheer force of personality.
On Sept. 24, Shawville lost Dale Thomson, who was without a doubt, one such individual.
THE EQUITY reached out to several people that knew Thomson to hear some of their favourite memories and look back on his legacy.
He was a founding member of the Shawville Lion’s Club in 1949 and played a key role in establishing a seniors home in town, starting in 1958 and finally breaking ground in the mid-70s. The sunroom in the Pontiac Reception Centre currently bears his name.


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