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Memorable Manitobans: James Thomson (1920-2001)

Musician.

Born on 13 June 1920, he grew up at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in January 1939 and was posted to Britain in September 1939 with the 77th Battery. After the war, he remained at London to study clarinet, later studying under the Chicago clarinetist, Oliver Thomas. In 1947, he came to Winnipeg as one of the founding members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He joined the Winnipeg Musicians Association in February 1947 and served as its President, Vice-President and Executive Board Member. Through the 1950s and 1960s he worked extensively in radio and television with the CBC. He rejoined the WSO in 1968. He died on 19 September 2001.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 2001.

“We will not forget them,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2001, page B3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2016

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