Leominster – Richard H. Thompson of Leominster passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on November 28th, 1931, to the late Howard H. Thompson and Ellen V. (Collins) Thompson. He attended Leominster High School and was a veteran of the US Airforce where he served as a supply sergeant and a training instructor.
He grew up in “The Plains” neighborhood near Doyle Field. He loved to reminisce about his time spent there as a child with his brother jumping the fence to football games. In high school he played tight end for the LHS Blue Devils.
Richard is survived by, seven of his eight children, Stephen Thompson and his wife Debra, Debra Lord and her late husband Jon, Carol Grubel, Lisa Barnes, Sandra Thompson, Julie Bailey and her husband Jim, and Robert Thompson. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild, and son-in-law Jeffrey Mankiewicz. He is predeceased by Doris P. (Woodard) Thompson, his wife of 65 years, his daughter Linda Mankiewicz, his grandson Timothy Mankiewicz and his brother Robert E. Thompson. He was blessed with a large family and loved them all deeply.
Richard was the Thompson’s family patriarch and to some, their hero. He will be remembered for his strong faith and devotion to the catholic church. The tremendous pride he took in his woodworking - a self taught woodworker with impeccable attention to detail, landscaping and gardening. He loved watching movies, cooking and reading. Later in his life, he dedicated his time towards creating furniture as family heirlooms for his children and grandchildren. He always looked forward to his family trips to Bar Harbor, ME, “the best place on earth” he would say. He would start planning his trip to Bar Harbor as soon as he returned home from the current trip. The planning process with his kids and grandkids was almost as enjoyable to him as trip itself. He was very consistent and regimented, he never missed a birthday, whether he was physically there or unable to attend, you could always count on a card in your mailbox and a phone call. His love and support was felt deeply by his family. Richard’s greatest love was his devotion to his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Richard's Funeral will be held Monday, June 20th, 2022, from Wright-Roy Funeral Home, Inc., 109 West Street, Leominster with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. in St. Leo's Church, 128 Main Street, Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leo's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday morning 8:30 - 10:30 am in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) https://secure.dav.org/donate, in memory of Richard H. Thompson.