Cpl. Robert Malcolm THOMPSON – August 14, 1971

Reg. # 19219, Cpl. Robert Malcolm THOMPSON

August 14, 1971, at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan             Age: 34 years

Cpl. THOMPSON was born in Basswood, Manitoba on October 1st, 1936 to Malcolm and Ira THOMPSON.  He had four siblings; brothers, Donald Francis and John Duncan and sisters, Edna Doreen and Marion Ora.  He attended Basswood Consolidated School.  Cst. Thompson joined the Force on January 5, 1956 at Winnipeg, Manitoba and attended Depot Division for Basic Recruit Training as a member of “A” Troop.

Cpl. THOMPSON served at Yorkton, Kamsack, Melville.  He was transferred to Goodsoil on June 25, 1968 where he was promoted to Corporal on October 1, 1970.  He was transferred to Nipawin Det on August 4, 1970.

Cpl. THOMPSON was married to Jacqueline Edna Morosoff on Oct 22, 1960.  They had three(3) children, Dawn Colleen born September 18, 1961, Robert Bruce born on February 23, 1963 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan  and Kristine Robin born October 22, 1968 at Goodsoil, Saskatchewan.

At approx. 5:00 PM, on August 13, 1971, members of the Nipawin Det. were investigating a case of a Mental Health Act.  While dealing with the individual, the members were having difficulty convincing him to leave the residence and go to the hospital.  The individual requested to speak with Cpl. THOMPSON. Cpl. THOMPSON attended the scene and entered the house alone to try and convince the individual to come with the police.  During the negotiations, Cpl. THOMPSON suddenly had a seizure.  The individual called out to the members outside to come in and assist Cpl. THOMPSON.  Cpl. THOMPSON was treated at the scene by a Doctor who had been present to assist in sedating the mental patient if necessary.  Cpl. THOMPSON was transported to Nipawin Det. and then onto Saskatoon Hospital.  He underwent brain surgery; however, passed away at 7:45 AM on Aug 14, 1971 at the age of 34 years.

A memorial service was held at the RCMP Depot Chapel on August 16, 1971 with interment at the Basswood Cemetery, Basswood, Manitoba.

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