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Craig Thompson Article

Hello Del

                Happy days to you all with warming sunshine ever, from Craig Thompson.  I can hardly believe that I have been retired for over a year.  I look back at my eleven years at De La Salle with fond memories – it Is a special place unlike any other.  I hope students, staff and alumni are able to fully appreciate the fine institution that it is.  Much has happened since I retired from the College.  My family and I moved from the city and now reside in Haliburton on Kashagawigamog Lake.  My wife Maggie and I had a five-year plan to move to Haliburton right after we got married.  Twenty-five years later, we are now living the dream (Sometimes happiness has its own schedule).  Maggie is a Barista in a local coffee shop and I work at the Pine Stone Golf Course in the Pro Shop, an ideal for any hopeful, hungry, ambitious golfer. 

                Here are a few things that keep us busy.  We play in two local bands while starting up our own funk band.  I teach private music lessons virtually and in person.  Other activities include golfing, fishing, curling, sitting on the Silver Beach Board of Directors, taking long walks with our dog, cooking, grinding and smoking meat, helping out family and friends, playing cards and board games, darts (I joined the Legion), and streaming our Church services.  I do miss my morning chats with Mr. Shields and his fresh ground coffee, directing the many lively musical ensembles, Del concerts and school assemblies.  I especially miss being part of a fantastic team of students and staff.  I wish everyone rewarding times with good health. 

                Savouring his memories, he recalls, and we quote, “the Heritage Music Festival trips were the highlight for me, especially getting first place in the Orlando competition and being invited with great relish and enthusiasm to the legendary Carnegie Hall.  We feasted at the Kiwanis Festivals garnering a litany of awards for Del’s many groups such as the Junior Stage Band, the Sax Quartet and the Brass Ensemble.  The Kiwanis Festival, among other opportunities bestowed many awards upon our young talents, as in the following sample:  seven bronze, three bronze plus, nine silver, one silver plus, two gold and one Rising Star for the Grade nine band in 2014.

                 We would like to thank Craig for his hard work and dedication to De La Salle College.  To get a more complete picture of Mr. Thompson’s efforts over the years you must stroll down the hallway of the music building to see the stunning array of achievements gathered by Del students.  It is a compelling blending of nostalgia and achievement, both satisfying and delightful, a joy to be cherished, a living splash of sunshine for “tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow.”