Cornwall Island – Gerald “Washington” “Wishe” Thompson, 57, of 20 Phillip Hopps Memorial Road, Cornwall Island, Ont., passed away very unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

Washington was born April 23, 1956 in Cornwall, Ontario to the late Bernard and Annie Leaf Thompson.

Wishe was a graduate of the General Vanier schools in Cornwall. He married Darlene Cook on August 25, 2001.

Wishe worked at the traveling College, Huey Point Industrial, as an Iron Worker for Local #440 in B.C., N.Y. and Montreal, and for Akwesasne Mohawk Security for 23 years.

Wishe was famous for playing the spoons, lawn sales, building picnic tables and many other projects. The last project that he was working on was building his summer camp.

He is survived by his loving wife Darlene; four children, Gerald and Brianne, Rocky and Sara, Matt and Latoya, Travis and Jackie; three step-children, Cheryl and Casey, Nathan and Emily, Phil and Jaye.

Also surviving are 11 grandchildren; three God-children, Loran Francis, John Francis, and Samantha Thompson; and his Godmother, Catherine Cook.

Washington is also survived by his six sisters, Joan and Richard Mitchell, Margie Thompson, Mary Hopkinson, Louise and Darrell Thompson, Linda Jackson, and Sandra and Cedric Isaac.

He is also survived by his in-laws, Morley and Frances, Eva, Theresa and Dick, Veronica, Sylvia and Norris, Jerry and Celia, and Clint and Renee; 42 nieces and nephews.

Washington was predeceased by his dad in December, 1986, his mother in May, 1970, and by two brothers, Ronnie in June, 1970 and Frank in July, 1999.

Friends may call at the family home starting at 4:00 PM Friday until 12:30 PM on Sunday.  Mass of Resurrection will be held at the St. Regis Catholic Church on Sunday, at 2:30 PM with Rev. Jerome Pastores officiating, with burial following in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hogansburg, NY.

Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, where memories and condolences may be shared online at