Brady Bennett Thompson – November 26, 1962 to March 29, 2024

Brady passed away in Toronto on Friday, March 29, 2024 in his 62nd year following a lengthy illness.  He leaves behind his long-time partner Louise Doyon of Toronto and his beloved cat Bear. He is predeceased by both his father Griffin Brady Thompson and mother Barbara Joan Thompson. He is survived by his sisters Sarah Booth and Rachel Evans (Glen). Brady was a retired Ontario public servant whose career spanned the areas of policy, information technology and information privacy.

Brady epitomized patience and grace even when faced with the most challenging of circumstances. He was a broad and deep thinker on a variety of subjects and was a keen follower of geopolitics. He did not suffer fools gladly.

Graduating from the University of Toronto, Brady was an economist by training who believed strongly in the value of public service and the greater good. He also studied film, which led to a lifelong approach to watching movies not merely for their entertainment value, but for how they were made, filmed and written. This way of watching films translated to how he observed the world in general and the people he encountered.

As a young man, Brady was athletic, skilled at gymnastics, rugby, tennis and cycling achieving success in numerous tournaments and competitions.  He was creative, a musician and performer, playing the bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitars and five-string banjo. He loved modern art and had a specific affinity for the works of Jack Bush and conceptual artists of all kinds. He was also a conceptual artist in his own right.

Brady loved France and everything French visiting his favourite city of Paris many times. He travelled across Canada, the United States, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Early on he worked in England for a time living in East Faversham in Kent.

His cats Ripley, Pookie and Bear were his favourite pets after his beloved childhood dog Ruby. He loved them and believed that how a person treats small animals is a reflection of what kind of person they are.

In recent years, Brady was always very appreciative of those who helped him through his illness and wished to thank the many doctors, nurses, personal support workers, coordinators and others involved in his care.

Brady will be missed greatly. Expressions of sympathy can be made by way of a donation to the Annex Cat Rescue at or the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at

There will be no funeral, with a graveside service taking place at a later date.





April 15, 2024
Dear Louise, I was so sad to hear the news about my brilliant brother Brady. My deepest condolences to you. Brady was such a remarkable person. He had such a deep interest and knowledge in many areas of life. His love of art, music, history and literature had always been a part of who he was. My thoughts are with you. He will be missed.
April 14, 2024
Rachel Evans
My condolences to Louise. Brady was an extraordinary person, a true Renaissance man: musical, a poet, a natural athlete, a quick wit, and one of the smartest people I've ever known. So many memories from the past. Paix à son âme.
April 09, 2024
Maya Rasmussen
Brady was kind and generous to Samuel and I, and I am grateful for that. A rare and wonderful quality. He struck me as an intelligent person who had the gift of curiosity for life even as an adult. He made a positive impact on our lives. Thank you Brady. Many heartfelt sympathies.
April 08, 2024
Steve Venright
My deepest condolences to you, Louise, and to Sarah and Rachel and all who were close to Brady. I’m sure that you, and his dear Bear, must be missing him terribly. To me, there was no friend quite like Brady—indeed, there was no one quite like Brady period. He was a gent determined to be himself, and in his case that meant a man of true character and originality, of great humour, taste, and inventiveness. He was always supportive and took a most encouraging interest in my endeavours while being very modest about his own distinctive artistic projects. I benefited from his creativity by way of gifts that included a French translation and more than one data-modelling interpretation of poems I’d written, along with a couple of objets d’art. I was often in awe of his cognitive prowess and the natural eloquence with which he expressed it. Brady was gracious but did not mince words. He always seemed to have an original take on any given subject, and I admired that (and learned from it). While being modest about it, he was one of the most cultured fellows I knew. Spending time with Brady—how I wish I’d spent more with him in his later days—was truly illuminating. His uncanny wit made such visits all the more memorable. As I reflect in fond remembrance, I wish you solace at this time of loss.
April 08, 2024
Lonnie Potter
Louise, my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts are with you and your families at this difficult time.
April 05, 2024
Karen Hay
Louise, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking about you and Bear <3