Our section President Ross Thompson passed away suddenly on December 29th, 2020 at the young age of 70. Ross was a long time member of the CVMG, the London Section and most recently of the Ausable River Section which he was instrumental in founding. He leaves behind his wife Sonia, children and grandchildren as well as innumerable friends and fellow vintage motorcycle owners from across North America and Europe. A long time friend, Ed Roath (on the left in the photo below - Ross is in the centre) , offers his memories:
"I first met Ross In 1980, whilst in my job as a vehicle damage appraiser for an Insurance Company at a body shop in Strathroy where he worked as a body man doing all the usual body and frame work, including re-coring radiators and alignments. At that time I had no idea we shared another mutual interest, motorcycles!
We saw one another over the years at that shop then he moved jobs into a couple of dealerships in London where we collaborated on the finer points of auto repairs and at this time discussed bikes. Finally tired of the cut and thrust of the daily grind he finally set up on his own. He repaired and manufactured bespoke and custom mouldings for antique cars and also sheet-metal work and gas tanks for bikes.
Ross would always help and advise on his passion, travelling all over the US and Canada at swap meets and shows to promote his work. He even re-manufactured fuel and oil tanks for the odd Cannonball Run competitor !
Ross was a wizard with metal of all kinds, being part of the London CVMG and the recent Ausable Section. We will never see another as competent, friendly and sincere a person who will be very sadly missed.
RIP my friend……."