SEARSPORT – Richard Emery Thompson, 75, of Searsport, died on January 25, 2023 in Belfast from rapidly progressing leukaemia. Richard was born on October 9, 1947, the eldest son of Emery and Edna (Sprague) Thompson.
He was predeceased by his parents, his youngest brother Ronald Thompson, his daughter-in-law Robin (Bishop) Thompson, his son Scott Allen and numerous aunts and uncles.
Richard is survived by his wife, Roberta (Young) Thompson of Searsport, whom he married February 15, 1969; his death came 21 days before their 54th birthday. He is also survived by his sons Donald Thompson of Maine and Gregory Thompson of Florida, and his one and only grandson, Tristan Thompson of Maine; his brothers Bruce and Jocelyn (Herrick) Thompson and Danny Thompson, all of New Hampshire; his two nephews and niece, Chad Thompson, Kevin Thompson and Heather Coffey and their families; and many cousins and friends.
He graduated from Crosby High School’s final class, Class of 1965. At age 20, he began his career in the Ford industry, starting with Lothrop Ford, then Linnehan Ford and Darling’s Bangor Ford. He then retired after the closure of Dave Gould Ford, for a total of 40 years of service. After retirement, he worked part-time at Greenpoint Auto Body and in security at Verso Paper.
Richard was a member of the Searsport Lions Club and helped the Boy Scouts alongside Ken Strickland and James Gillway.
As a young man he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, boating and hiking, or just being outdoors. He went to many other states and took international trips with his wife and friends. When his son Donald was in the Boy Scouts, they climbed Mount Kathadin, as well as canoeing for 10 days on the Allagash and seven days canoeing on the West Fork of the Penobscot. When his son Greg was in the scouts, he had the chance to go to Alaska with the troop. Richard always said going to Alaska was his favorite; I guess so – he was there three times in total.
Richard enjoyed telling jokes or asking you about trivia, doing bird calls, talking on the phone with family and friends, telling stories, going to family gatherings or just walking to Halfmoon Pond.
We would like to thank the WCGH Oncology Department and Dr. Berg for doing what they could.
A gathering will be held at Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast on Sunday, February 5, from noon to 2 p.m. There will be no spring services. Cards and condolences can be sent to PO Box 10, Belfast, ME 04915. Memories can be shared on ripostafh.com.