In loving memory of Michael J. Thompson

Michael Thompson
Michael was an active member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Board of Directors, a strong supporter of our organization, a spirited leader and devoted husband, father & grandfather. Sadly, Michael passed away suddenly on January 20, 2020. Our deepest condolences to the Thompson family, Michael’s colleagues and friends. As we grieve the loss of a special member of our community, we reflect on the valuable legacy he left in the work that he inspired. We are all better for knowing and working with Michael. He will be missed.

Those that knew Michael will recall his boundless energy, his sense of humour and above all, his tireless dedication to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. There was never a dull moment or shortage of ideas when collaborating with Michael on getting to this goal. With three sons living with inflammatory bowel disease, there was a real sense of urgency to help his children and the next generation, his grandchildren. He knew, first-hand how devastating these diseases are and he wanted to stop Crohn’s and colitis from hurting any more people. This wasn’t just Michael’s passion, this was a family affair encompassing efforts for Gutsy Walk, the Toronto Gala, Golf events and much more.
The Thompson family were featured at several Toronto Galas – watch their beautiful story here.

We are truly grateful for all Michael has done. May his soul rest in peace.

The Board of Directors of Crohn's and Colitis Canada,
Mina Mawani and the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada family

A visitation will be held Friday, January 24, between 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at York Cemetery and Funeral Centre, and a Celebration of Life will take place the following day on Saturday, January 25, at 2 p.m. – also at York Cemetery. Details can be found here.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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