Roland Ashton Thompson 1,6
- Born: 8 Jun 1880, Carleton, West Saint John, N.B., Canada 1,6
- Christened: 18 Aug 1880, Carleton, United Church of West Saint John, N.B., Canada 7
- Marriage: Vera Olga Cullingford Burn in New York, USA
- Died: 26 Feb 1960, Victoria, B.C., Canada aged 79 1
- Buried: Victoria, B.C., Canada 1
Roland's father died when he was two years old, so he was raised by his grandparents on his mother's side (William and Mary Clark). In a letter, he stated that he often thought himself more as a Clark than a Thompson. Although he initially lived in St. John, New Brunswick, he spent time in Staten Island, New York, which is where he and Vera Burn were married.
Roland's career was in banking. He eventually became the Regional Manager of the Bank of Montreal in Kamloops, B.C., Canada. For health reasons, Roland retired from the bank and moved his family to Sorrento, where he took up orcharding. The orchard (20 acres) was on the shores of Shuswap Lake, and included two cabins and a pumphouse on the lake, as well as the main house and a small packing shed upslope. Their home had a lovely fieldstone fireplace in the parlour, next to which was a corner of library shelves and a big leather chair, where Roland used to smoke his pipe and enjoy reading. Overlooking the lake, the home also had a expansive screen porch, where afternoon tea was often served.
Roland was also an avid gardener and kept the grounds around his home in immaculate condition. He took pride in his rock garden where he grew special flowers. After his wife passed away and his own health was failing, he sold the acreage and moved to an apartment in Victoria.
Noted events in his life were:
• Employment. Bank Manager, Bank of Montreal
Roland married Vera Olga Cullingford Burn, daughter of Walter Scott Burn and Katherine Cecilia Beamish, in New York, USA. (Vera Olga Cullingford Burn was born on 26 Jun 1881 in McNab St., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, died on 14 Jun 1954 in Victoria, B.C., Canada and was buried in Victoria, B.C., Canada.)