Catherine (Cathy) Leone Hughes Thompson UE, R.N.


-- : Catherine 'Cathy' Hughes Thompson UE, R.N.  ~~  1937 - 2016  : --


Catherine Leone Hughes Thompson UE, R.N.

~~  2016

Passed away unexpectedly, after a brief illness, at the University Hospital in London on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 in her 80th year.


Beloved wife of Don S. Thompson for over 56 years. Loving mother of Lori (Rob) Linton, Jennifer (Kevin) Neill and Chris Blum (Brad Cullen).  Cherished Grandma of Andrew, A.J., and Scott Mackie, Grayson and Sterling and Kyle Neill and Amber (Tyler) Blancher, Danny and Shelby Blum, and Megan and Sadie Cullen.


She is predeceased her parents Daniel Hughes and Nellie Matthews and her brothers Wray, Maurice and Allan Hughes.  She will also be fondly remembered by her sisters-in-law Doreen Cosby, Lillian Mannen, and Margaret Welch, and her brother-in-law Clayton Thompson, their families and many other nieces, nephews and friends.


Catherine was a Registered Nurse, working for many years at the Woodstock General Hospital and Dr. John Szasz's office.  She was United Empire Loyalist, very active in genealogy, on the board of directors for  WHAM, the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum , and was a master quilter having created hundreds of quilts over the years, and volunteered for many other worthy organizations which are too numerous to mention.


Friends will be received at the  Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, 88 Brant Ave, Brantford  on Saturday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 - 2 p.m.


A Funeral Service will follow in the chapel on Sunday at 2 p.m.


Interment on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at 11 a.m.


Donations to the  Heart and Stroke Foundation , or the  Port Rowan Community Church  would be appreciated. Online condolences, donations, service details and live funeral webcast will be available at .

A tree will be planted in memory of Catherine in the  Beckett-Glaves Memorial Forest .


"   Cathy contributed so much to the work of the Grand River Branch for so many years.

As genealogist, she was second to none.  She always seemed to be able to find another direction or source when one ran in to a roadblock.  She had a mind for remembering details. She was outspoken and never held back in any discussion, helping us all to take a second look at our own opinions and ideas.  She was the impetus behind Grand River's cemetery plaquing project and didn't stop at the idea, she was out there helping to get the signage in place.  She and husband, Don, travelled miles installing the plaques and monitoring their condition after installation.

She had ideas...for speakers, meetings, decorations, special anniversary celebrations, etc., and never backed down from assisting with carrying the ideas forward to completion. She assisted numerous people with period dress suggestions and ideas, even creating her own and those of others.  She knew the historical and genealogical records at places like the Eva Brook Museum and Archives and the Waterford Agricultural Museum like the back of her hand, leading hundreds to that particular record that would be the one needed.

Cathy was a go-getter, a dynamo, and a friend. We will miss her so much."


C. William Terry UE, UELAC President 2000-2002


Catherine 'Cathy' Leone Hughes Thompson UE, R.N.

1937  ~  2016





Branch Genealogist


  Cathy Thompson


All inquiries related to establishing a relationship to a United Empire Loyalist ancestor were first examined by Cathy Thompson.

Cathy had an extensive background in researching genealogy and had a long association with the Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe.

Cathy Thompson UE passed away on 10 FEB 2016.

We at Grand River Branch are indebted to Cathy for her many years and countless hours of service.  She leaves an enormous void and many saddened friends in Grand River Branch.

Our thoughts and prayers, with heartfelt condolences, go out to Don and her family.


Cathy Thompson

Grand River Branch Genealogist
P.O. Box 174
Port Rowan,  Ontario       N0E 1M0


Cathy the Quilter

Cathy enjoyed quilting as a hobby in addition to her role as Branch Genealogist.