Ralph Thompson dies at age 67

Published on July 10, 2014
Ralph Thompson, head of the Commission on the Land and Local Governance, speaks about the commissions work in front of its office in Hunter River. Guardian photo

Ralph Thompson of Wilmot Valley, a former chief provincial court judge, died at the Prince County Hospital Wednesday.

Thompson was 67 and is survived by his wife, Karen (nee MacRae) Thompson.

Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry and Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan said that throughout Thompson’s public service career, he served Islanders in a variety of roles. In addition to being on the provincial court, he was also a Crown prosecutor, departmental solicitor and director of legal services.

After his tenure in the justice system ended, he agreed in 2008 to conduct a comprehensive review of municipal land use and development, consulting with Islanders from across the province.

Opposition Leader Steven Myers said Judge Thompson not only distinguished himself in the province’s legal profession, but became well-known to Islanders during the land and local governance commission’s extensive public consultation process.

“His dedicated public service to our Island community will long be remembered,” said Myers.

His remains are resting at the Davison Funeral Home in Kensington. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.