Switzerland

Ann Thomson

Ann Thomson

(1937 – 2011)

  • from Sue and Babs, WT
    Lit by Sue Hall
Switzerland

Ann Thomson

Ann Thomson
(1937 – 2011)
About Ann
Ann Thomson was born in the UK as Ann Bunyan and became Ann Raine upon her first marriage. For the last 25 years she was known as Ann Thomson, having happily married my father, James Thomson, in London. Ann became my step-mother and was very much loved in that role.
More recently Ann and James lived in Crans-Montana in the Swiss Valais, where they enjoyed skiing in the winter and in the summer long walks in the Alps, often following the historic "Bisses"; irrigation channels that bring mountain water down to the vines and orchards. Ann was always slim and fit as a fiddle to the very last days of her life.
Ann created a very successful career as a teacher and later as a consultant in communications,
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during which time she worked for the United Nations, Phillip Morris and the American Society of Civil Engineers amongst many others. She travelled all over the world for her work, sometimes to some of the least developed countries in Africa.
Ann and I worked together during the last 15 years - during which she passed a great deal of knowledge and wisdom to me. Her memory lives on in the work that I still do.
Hundreds of people in many countries have benefited from Ann's courses and teaching, and I hope that many of them will find this tribute and contribute their thoughts on Ann's life.
Ann left us on Tuesday 16th August, early in the morning after a long illness. Both kind and clever, she has
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left a splendid legacy both in her business and family life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Remembrance Messages
On 4th Sep 2011
Sue Hall
wrote:
Was so sad to get the news from Babs,both of us who knew Ann from Westmoreland Terrace. James, so sad for the loss of a lovely, intelligent lady, who was inspirational. Wherever she is, I hope she is at peace in her new surroundings and she will never be forgotten by so many. Sue
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On 28th Aug 2011
emma dodson
wrote:
As a child I was always somewhat in awe of my auntie Ann. She was, elegant, clever, witty and had an impressive talent for captivating an audience with funny stories. She was very much at the heart of any family gathering. As I grew older and struggled to find my place in the world I discovered Ann to be also very kind, encouraging and supportive of my attempts to make a crazy career for myself. She was the first person to commission my drawings and
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paid me well for a series of terrible illustrations for some of her teaching books. I will always be indebted to Ann for her belief in me and feel very privileged to have had such an amazing, inspiring aunt.
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On 25th Aug 2011
Fiona Moniz
wrote:
Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.
Will miss you mummy – still can’t believe you are not here anymore xxx
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On 24th Aug 2011
James Thomson
wrote:
Ann and I were together for nearly 30 years and it has been an incredibly fruitful and happy time together. A highly intelligent and attractive woman she created a successful career and was a wonderful companion. We shared many common interests such as theatre, art, music and also we had the opportunity to enjoy the skiing and walking in the mountains.
We both travelled widely in our work and were able to visit
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many parts of the world together always seeing and doing rather than sitting on a beach.
Ann was my ideal partner, very intelligent, supportive and capable but independent. She liked being a woman and knew she could charm most men particularly me. One of my daughters called her "The Adored Ann" which is true
We were very close as a couple and she leaves a very great void in my life

I
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James Thomson
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believe she would want me to go on living life to the full - I shall try.
James
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On 24th Aug 2011
Trevor Raine
wrote:
During our marriage Ann and I shared many happy times, and it was sad to hear of her passing last week. Naturally, Yvonne and I send our sympathy to all of her extended family.
I would like to thank Ann for giving me two great children, who bring much pleasure and interest, and of whom we can be justifiably proud.
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On 23rd Aug 2011
Sam Mutty
wrote:
I was employed by James to assist Ann over the last few months. I did not know her before her illness affected her ability to communicate and her perception of the world around her. As a result, my tribute is to the Ann Thomson I knew, much changed from the lady so respected by family, friends and colleagues, but still a force of nature, sense of humour firmly intact and smile still readily bestowed.
Ann had the ability
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to push me to complete despair as I chased her around the house, wondering what she would do next, and then bring me back from the brink with a warm hug, comical growl or friendly pat on the head. On our many long walks she would march ahead with a gait nearing the speed of light. The route would change constantly but almost always with a constant flow of chatter about the surroundings and scoldings to me or Rooky the dog for not keeping up. Ann would always choose to dive off down the nearest steep slope rather than choosing the circuitous footpath and
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wo betide anyone who tried to convince her that this plan was perhaps not the most sensible. However, after stopping to berate me for not following immediately, she would always try and help me down the slope. This inevitably led to a comical descent as I felt I needed to assist her and she felt she needed to assist me. This desire to help really did remain with her until the very end of her life.
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On 23rd Aug 2011
Sam Mutty
wrote:
Ann loved to have a joke with James at my expense and would often creep up and growl at me and then wink at James as if to say ‘look, I scared her!’ As a person living with James and Ann on a day to day basis I was perhaps best placed to witness the affection that remained between them despite the difficult circumstances. They would always enjoy a glass of wine, or two, before dinner and, although coherent sentences were beyond Ann during the last
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few months, James always managed to understand what she was trying to convey. When my best attempt at cajoling Ann into doing something had failed, a simple request from James would often have the desired effect immediately. Much the same was true of the time Ed and Fiona spent with her recently, she was delighted to see them and soon enjoyed having a joke with them at my expense as well!
I feel genuinely privileged to have worked with Ann through the last few months of her life and to have cared for her in her
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last few days. She refused to be beaten and her fight was awe-inspiring to behold. She displayed amazing strength at times, kept her sense of humour and her need to be busy and helpful. This is testament to the able businesswoman and inspirational woman that everyone describes to me. Chin chin Ann and six six six to you too.
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On 23rd Aug 2011
Ed Raine
wrote:
After hearing of my mother’s death, friends and colleagues naturally expressed their sincere condolences. Those that knew her gave their remembrances of meeting Ann, and then I was frequently asked whether they could send flowers or donate money to a particular cause.
After reflection, it seems to me that the best way for people to honor Ann’s life is to do something consistent with her motivations
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and beliefs. Her work as a teacher of children, and then as trainer of adults all drove to the same end - achieving your full potential, and seeing the bigger picture.
Ann and James have a large number of grandchildren, and over time most of them were able to visit in groups of two at a time for a weekend without their parents. Ann and James then took them to see the sights in London, art galleries, museums and the theatre etc. The point was to spend time and a little money exposing children to wider interests
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Ed Raine
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that they might not have had the opportunity to do before. London was of course the ideal place to visit.
So if you are reading this and thinking about what you might do – consider this – regardless of whether you are a parent or a grandparent. Spend the day with a child sharing an experience doing something with them that they have not had the opportunity to do or see before.
If you would do this for a child, and mention that the idea came in recognition
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and respect for the life of Ann Thomson, this would indeed be the best tribute you could give - and would be deeply appreciated by her family.
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Ann Thomson

Ann Thomson was born in the UK as Ann Bunyan and became Ann Raine upon her first marriage. For the last 25 years she was known as Ann Thomson, having happily married my father, James Thomson, in London. Ann became my step-mother and was very much loved in that role.
More recently Ann and James lived in Crans-Montana in the Swiss Valais, where they enjoyed skiing in the winter and in the summer long walks in the Alps, often following the historic "Bisses"; irrigation channels that bring mountain water down to the vines and orchards. Ann was always slim and fit as a fiddle to the very last days of her life.
Ann created a very successful career as a teacher and later as a consultant in communications,...

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Fiona Moniz
James Thomson
Trevor Raine
Sam Mutty
Ed Raine
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