Glastonbury Funeral Home

450 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, CT


Russell Allen Thompson Sr.

March 13, 1933May 6, 2020

Russell Allen Thompson, Sr., 87, of Glastonbury, passed away on May 6, 2020, to be reunited with his wife of 48 years, Gail Ann (Torrey) Thompson and daughter Carrie Lynn (Thompson) Rickard. Born in Colchester, VT to John M. Thompson and Frances (Douglass) Thompson, he was the second youngest of eight siblings. Russ attended elementary school in Colchester, VT and high school in Essex Junction, VT where he played baseball and basketball, was in the marching band, and graduated salutatorian in 1951. He went on to attend the University of Vermont in Burlington, where he earned his degree in engineering in 1955. Russ then took a job with United Technologies, where he was instrumental in the development of fuel cells with the Apollo and Shuttle projects, earning several patents. He helped shepherd the commercialization of fuel cells into a subsidiary of UTC, International Fuel Cells, traveling the world until his retirement. Russ married Gail in 1963, and they settled in Glastonbury, where they raised their four children. He loved to play golf, being a member of the Glastonbury Hills Country Club for many years, as well as Spanish Wells in Bonita Springs, FL, where they would spend their winters after his retirement. Russ was an avid gardener and jack-of-all-trades on any household project. He was a devoted and loving Bumpa to his grandchildren. Besides his wife and daughter, he was predeceased by his sisters, Alice Aust (Rudolph), Ailene Weddell (Robert), and Ruth Carrio; his brothers, Robert (Helen), John (Betty), Raymond, and Roger; and several nieces and nephews. He leaves behind his loving children, Russell Jr. (Theresa) of Portland, Amy Thompson Balda of East Hampton, Paul (Kristin) of Mooresville, NC, and son-in law Steven Rickard of Huntersville, NC. He also leaves his sister-in law Maryann Thompson as well as several nieces and nephews. Russ will be missed by his grandchildren, Caroline, Madeleine, and John Thompson, Torrey and Lily Rickard, Eric Menchel (Christina), Sarah and Robert Balda, and Annie, Mary, and Andrew Thompson. Due to COVID-19 there will be a private graveside ceremony. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Russell A. Thompson, Sr.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Russell Allen Thompson Sr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jim and Maureen McDonald

May 17, 2020

Russ was a wonderful person and a wonderful next door neighbor or ours for the past 26 years. We will miss his smile, quick wit, thoughtfulness and generosity.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Thompson family.

Jim and Maureen
Mary Kate, Terence and Conor

Jim & Ann Spencer

May 15, 2020

To The Thompson children, So sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. He was a wonderful man and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Ann & Jim Spencer

Ruth Henry

May 14, 2020

Amy, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I had no idea that you had such deep Vermont roots in your family. I've been living in Burlington since 1986 but my heart is still in Gbury.

I share your loss as my dad passed away on May 8th. I'm doing my best to focus on all my blessing to have had such a wonderful person as my father but the waves of sadness are overwhelming at times. Thinking of you.

Amy Thompson Balda

May 13, 2020

Dad will truly be missed. He was a great one. He was one-of-a-kind. He was patient, kind, empathetic, brilliant, a devoted father and Bumpa, and a friend to me. I find comfort he is with my Mom, Gail, and my sister, Carrie. He missed them so much and was ready to join them and find peace. Love you Dad.


Learn more about the Thompson name