AKWESASNE – After a short and valiant battle with cancer, Mr. Christopher P. Thompson, 39, peacefully passed away early Sunday morning, March 11, 2018 at Cornwall Community Hospital, where he was surrounded with the love of his family and friends.
Chris was born February 20, 1979 in Cornwall, the son of Jerry and Connie M. (Bero) Thompson. He attended Akwesasne Mohawk School on Cornwall Island until the age of 13, when he enrolled at Northfield-Mt. Hermon Prep School, where he graduated. He later attended and graduated from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.
In 2001, after his graduation, he started working for the Canadian Government in the Federal Economic Development Agency, first working in Peterborough and later transferring to London, Ontario. In 2012, he returned to Akwesasne working as the Director of Economic Development first with Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and most recently with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. Chris was active throughout the area with various economic development agencies including, North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC), American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), United Southern and Eastern Tribes Economic Development Board, St. Lawrence County Economic Development Study Advisory Board, Akwesasne Area Management Board, Community Neh-kanikonriio Council, the Strong Roots Board.
Chris had a larger than life personality and greatly touched the lives of all he met. He was a proud supporter of his local communities and was a strong advocate for buying and shopping local. He cherished the time he was able to spend on the golf course, cooking, listening to music, and being on the boat. He valued the friendships he gained throughout his life through playing cribbage, fantasy football leagues, and playing pool. His generous spirit throughout his short life will be greatly remembered in the various acts of kindness to the community at large.
Chris was engaged to the love of his life, Lesley Lang and they were blessed with a son, Angus William, who was born only 6 weeks ago; he is also survived by his parents, Jerry and Connie; his sister and brother-in-law, Kelly and Tyson Back and their daughters, Kenna and Nola; his brother and sister-in-law, Jordan and Diana Thompson and their sons, Adrian and Liam; a chosen nephew, Skye White; his godchildren, Conley Back, Coral Boots, and Liam Thompson.
Chris is also survived by his paternal grandmother, Christine Thompson; his godfather, Leslie and Elaine Thompson; his father-in-law, William Lang and Rose MacCulloch; his mother-in-law, Susan Lang; his brother-in-law, Martin Lang; sister-in-law, Kaylie Lang; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was predeceased by paternal grandfather, Stewart Thompson on August 20, 1997; his maternal grandparents, Genevieve Bero on June 23, 1962, Angus Bero on November 16, 1982, and Mildred Bero on September 3, 2008; and his godmother, Charlene Cole on August 8, 2012.
Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena on Wednesday and Thursday 4:00 - 9:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 1:00 PM at St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Jerome Pastores, celebrating.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may honor Chris by contributing to a local benefit of your choice.