The story

This block was painted in memory of Jerry Thompson to celebrate his life. Jerry was the owner of Earl Ross Fabricating, which began in 1974 and still remains a family-run business. He was passionate about three things in life-his family, racing and work.

The monkey wrench block in the upper left corner of the larger block represents his work. In the interior of the block is the number of his race car. He was the mechanic, making the car run properly and his nephew, Shawn Thompson raced Jerry`s car.

On most weekends, you would find Jerry at either Grand Bend Motorplex or Delaware Speedway. He also followed NASCAR and CASCAR racing. The tire on the bottom right of this block depicts Jerry`s love of racing. His family cheered him on, as they all were enthusiastic supporters of racing, ball and hockey.

The tree with both roots and branches reminds us of his love of family, rooted in the community and branching out into the future.

The checkered border represents his last ‘lap of life’ and hence the name of the quilt block design. Sadly, Jerry died July 24, 2015 of a massive brain tumour.

Name of sponsor of Barn Quilt : Jerry Thompson


Jerry’s Last Lap

11691 Petty St, Ailsa Craig, ON

Latitude : 43.14175 Longitude : -81.53366

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