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August 18, 1998 — January 1, 2021

Born August 18, 1998, in Vernon, BC, Austin passed away suddenly on January 1, 2021, at the age of 22. He leaves to mourn his parents, Brett and Tashia Thompson; his sisters, Brooke and Ember; his brothers, Dallas and Cyrus; and his grandparents—Ron, Lin & Gord, and Marg & Lorne—along with extended family and many, many friends. We will all carry the memory of this quiet but proud, strong-willed and sarcastic, cocky yet lovable guy who had his own unique sense of humour.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to a local organization that helps bring awareness to the dangers of fentanyl to prevent the senseless loss of life due to overdoses. In Kelowna, consider Moms Stop the Harm at www.momsstoptheharm.com or Living Positive Resource Centre at lprc.ca/harm-reduction.

A Funeral Service will be held to honour Austin. Due to the current pandemic restrictions, it will be a private event. However, the family invites all who wish to pay their respects to join by Livestream on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 1:00 pm. A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter. (below)

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Moms Stop the Harm or Living Positive Resource Centre Link: www.momsstoptheharm.com, lprc.ca/harm-reduction




  • Jackie Klettke says:

    The loss of your Austin is felt by Camden, myself and Don. Austin was a very pleasant kid and young man and his passing has touched us very deeply. We have Austin and all of you in our prayers and thoughts. He will always be one of the boys, like our own kids and loved. We are so very saddened and sorry for your loss.

  • Carole and Hank Clark says:

    Heartbreaking, Thinking about you and your family, wishing you strength and peace. Love from both of us! ❤️❤️

  • GJSN says:

    A good fellow friend in Quebec. We stayed up until morning playing video games, and having good laughs and insightful talks. He was talented, resourceful, and a kind soul. A lot was learned in the time we shared together-it was a wacky adventure. Everywhere he went, he grew lasting friendships through his funny antics; virtually, and outreaching to real life.
    He was deserving of no less a loving surrounding, as he gave and loved others.
    As one of the many who have known him as FruX for a long time, nvr4get. He was very loved, and know that he will be missed.

  • Stephanie perks ( Gellion ) says:

    So sorry to hear about Austin’s passing … Brett and his family will all be in my thoughts … Stephanie

  • May says:

    Dear Tashia,
    Thankfully, loss and grief, like anything, This too.. shall pass”. I’m sending you and your family powerful, calming, healing energy. Peace and Love be with you. 🙏
    Sincerely yours,

  • May says:

    Dear Tashia. Thankfully, loss and grief, like anything, “This too.. shall pass”. I’m sending you and your family powerful, calming, healing energy. Peace and Love be with you. 🙏 Sincerely yours, May

  • Helen Jennens says:

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. There are no words. It will be 5 years January 14th since the loss of my second son Tyler. I send you strength and courage.
    Helen Jennens/Moms Stop The Harm

  • Garret and Kathy Stone says:

    Words can’t even express our sorrow to hear of your loss. Hugs, Garrett and Kathy Stone

  • Tashia / mom says:

    This is a beautiful way to explain things…

  • Nick Stone says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. After meeting Austin at 6 years old, he went on to be one of my closest friends throughout elementary, middle school, high school and up until his passing. I will never forget his unique personality full of mystery and how he would always prioritize the good times of others over anything. Some of my fondest memories of life are with him and I will think about him everyday. He will be greatly missed.

  • adam says:

    can truly say Austin was my first best friends, i wish i got to know him as i grew up in to my life but austin was one friend you could not forget. from a young age he knew the art of not giving a f*** and i adored him for that and honestly used that skill into my further life thanks to him ❤️ want to apologize for all the ruckus me and austin made around the house to Tashia and Brett including spraying glow sticks all over the kitchen. wish the best to Austin’s family in these hard times and would love to pay a visit.

  • Brad Vissia says:

    Our hearts go out to the family. Austin was a good friend to our son Justyn. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Tasha, Brett and Family. Sincerely, the Vissias

  • Keith & Lorraine Reid says:

    We are so sorry to learn of your tragic loss! It is especially hard to grieve the passing of one so young. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

  • Amber Dyck says:

    Brett, Tashia, Brooke, Dallas, Cyrus and Ember
    We are so very sorry for your loss! Our hearts and thoughts go out to you at this unimaginable time.
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead ,and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
    Our deepest sympathies
    Cliff, Amber, Paige and Wyatt

  • Savato says:

    I may only know him from our Travels in Starcraft, But Austin was a good person. I remember all the fun times we had joking around. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace frux, (Austin.) ~From the Entire Starcraft community

  • Grant and Jennifer Wiancko and Family says:

    Austin was a great young man with so much potential. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our hearts go out to you Tashia and to your whole family.

  • Jackie Wiancko says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of this tragic news! Sending my sympathy to the family.

  • Suthye says:

    I knew Austin through elementary, middle, high school and cadets. He was always so caring towards me and his friends. Always so mysterious lol but once you broke through his shell he was the most silly person you’d ever meet. He will be so missed. He was my bestfriend and my love ♥️

  • Steve Berry says:

    Tashia, Brett and family, my heart is heavy hearing the sad news of Austin’s death. It is indicative of how honest and open you both are in revealing the cause of your son’s death as fentanyl. Curse that drug and thank you for permitting us to share in your difficult decision. With love and understanding, the West Kelowna Seniors Hockey Family.
    Steve Berry

  • Gaylene & Clint says:

    There are no words to adequately express the sorrow one feels when a young person is taken too soon. We are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  • Ryan Wiancko says:

    Watching the livestream right now and it’s still unreal and hard to comprehend. We were sitting down before COVID talking about Starcraft Broodwar VS Starcraft 2. laughing and having a great time. He was opening up more than I’ve seen in years and it really seemed like he was on a better path. I’m so sad that I wont’ be able to continue that conversation and we send all of our love and condolences to you all out there.

  • Dan & Tamalee Middleton says:

    Brett, Tasha and family… we are so saddened by your loss. There are no words that can help, but please know that our thoughts and our prayers are with you during this time.

  • Tim says:

    Tashia and Brett..sending thoughts to you and the family during this tough time. It was a nice service with lots of great photos and memories.

  • Redhotmoon says:

    This hurt, he was way too young. I met Austin a long time ago on starcraft server.
    He always been a hilarious guy, very intelligent, cocky as hell but we liked him that way.
    He had a that spark inside him that not alot of people have, always motivated for good or bad plans.
    Like an entrepreneur, always filled with ideas and working on multiple projects.
    He was talking about visiting Quebec until one day he claimed he was in my town, did not believe it.
    I gave him my address, checked out the window and there he was looking at me with a king can of budweiser in his hand 🤣.
    I could not believe he actually did it lol this guy is crazy.
    We chilled and abused the good things together(french quote ‘abuser des bonnes choses’)
    Went to the gym together, he helped me alot and I tried to help him too.
    He successfully managed to teach me how to get earn alot of money with the crypto currency market and I’m still thankful for that.
    He also helped an old lady Denise, a motel owner by organizing her stuff and managing the motel.
    We developed a strong friendship bond and had 100% trust between each other.
    We even shared all of your accounts, crypto accounts, passwords, id’s etc.
    I remember having a bad day and he’d show up with takis, cigarettes’ and a pack of beer lol.
    After 6 month he eventually went back to BC promising he would come back and promising i would visit him in Kelowna one day.
    love you man, Alex

  • Aimee Schlosser says:

    Our hearts go out to Austin’s whole family – what a tragic loss. We didn’t know him but new Lorne & Marg Thompson as we enjoyed many a ski trip relaxing in their condo with our family making lots of great memories. Please know how very sorry we were to hear of this news. We have made a donation to Moms Stop the Harm in honour of Austin. Thank you for sharing the “The Story of the Dragonfly” Tashia, I thought that was a beautiful interpretation. Sincerely Schlosser/Sargenia families

  • Darian J says:

    Though much happened between Austin and I and we didn’t speak long after high school, when I think of him I will think of how, in the first year of middle school, I really didn’t have any friends. I spent a lot of the free time there alone for the first few months, Austin was the first person to befriend me there. I suppose you could say he brought me into his group of friends. I only wish now that I could’ve repaid that kindness.

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