Tom Thomson's Disappearance and Death

Subdural Hemotoma from earlier head injury
10% (71 votes)
Accidental Drowning after hitting his head on canoe gunnel
23% (166 votes)
Accidentally killed by Shannon Fraser over money that Tom was owed
16% (115 votes)
Saturday night fight with Shannon Fraser and Tom hit his head on the fire grate
14% (102 votes)
Murdered by Martin Bletcher with a paddle
22% (156 votes)
Suicide
14% (98 votes)
Total votes: 708

Comments

I don't think he committed suicide

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I think, if he were suicidal, he would have left some sort of note. People close to him might have detected signs, like depression. Also, the way in which he died is quite untypical for a suicide.

this is what I heard

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That Shannon and Tom had a bit too much to drink, got into a scuffle and Tom accidentally fell on the fire grate. Shannon with the help of his wife, put Tom's body in the lake.

Tom's Head Injury

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I believe after a night of drinking at the cabin, Tom got into a scuffle with Shannon Fraser and did hit his head on the fire grate. If it caused a brain bleed it might not have affected him until the next day when he went out canoeing to go fishing and sketching for a few days with a canoe full of supplies. After exerting himself canoeing and causing a faster bleed he could have fallen to the side and over the gunnels of the canoe, which capsized it. The skull does show a pretty nasty looking hole on the left temple. Is that from the fire grate? In my best estimation I would say his death was accidental. Shannon never meant for him to hit his head. Would he have been charged with manslaughter? I do believe he is still buried at Canoe Lake under the shade of the biggest birch tree I have ever seen.

Absolutely Agree But...

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Timing was Sunday night - early Monday morning. Tom arrived back on Canoe Lake after dark and it was not hard to go unnoticed in those days. Tom's body hit the water at around 12:15 am Monday morning when his watch stopped - waterproof watches didn't arrive until the mid 1920's. He died Sunday evening. Shannon might have been asked to rough Tom up a bit to encourage him to live up to his responsibility to Winnie. Roy MacGregor has the story about her pregnancy etc. Shannon had brought in some kegs of beer and they consumed too much... The Park Superintendant then made the park "dry" because of all of the hub bub. Tom's art is still all that really matters.

Look to Shannon Fraser

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Interesting that two of three new pictures have Shannon Fraser's image on them as well. These two men are strongly connected in life and in death. Research into Shannon Fraser's early life in Kingston has found several of his residences still standing. I believe Shannon was closely associated with Tom's death. I also believe that the Thomson art recently discovered in B.C. may have some association with Shannon's grandson, who lives in British Columbia to this day. More work needs to be done. The truth is still out there, floating just below the surface of Canoe Lake. We owe it to Tom, and to Winnie, to continue to seek the full truth.

Look to Shannon Fraser

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Mark, I did some of the research on the West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson. I'm always interested in new leads. Do you have a name or contact info, town that Shannon Fraser's grandson lives in. Something to go on..... Feel free to contact me at rubycon@sympatico.ca.

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