Diane, a coordinator in the Toronto Sun's classified automotive section, died from breast cancer. She was 71.
Randy Miller, friend and former colleague, says Diane's true calling at the Sun was "cheerleader and events coordinator.
"She saw to the golf weekends, ski weekends anniversary and events and Christmas parties. She knew how to call in IOUs and there were many owing her."
Randy says Diane developed breast cancer "and like any curve ball, she dealt with it with courage and optimism."
Diane left the Sun on her own terms when her late husband, Murray Thompson, was not well and embarked on a dream cruise to the Orient, he said.
Randy said they retired to Balm Beach "where her enthusiasm never wavered and she was into gardening and community involvement.
"Diane is one reason I loved to work at the Toronto Sun. She was fiercely proud of her family I'm sorry for their loss."
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