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Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI

OBITUARY

Paul James Thompson

March 13, 1930May 14, 2020
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Paul James Thompson, age 90, of Northville, Michigan passed away on Thursday May 14, 2020. Paul was born March 13, 1930. Beloved husband of Mary Lou Flood Thompson and the late Paula C. Guyon Thompson. Loving father to John, Tim, Julie (Scott) Force, Diane (Chris) Kjolhede, Didi (Tom) Schumm; Step father to Deborah (Dan) Lerg, Terrence (Hanan) Flood, Daniel (Elaine) Flood, and Colleen (Robert) Manni. Dearest grandfather to 25 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and 6 others soon. Paul grew up in Detroit and graduated from St Mary's of Redford High school, where he established many lifelong friends. After graduation he began his career with Carlson Brothers, where his hard work and dedication enabled him to eventually become President and cofounder of Cooney Engineering. In 1952 he joined the Naval Seabees Reserves, where he served his country honorably. Paul's first love was his family, but a close second was his love of aviation. He became a private pilot and loved to fly his plane and introduce others to the joy of flying. His favorite place to fly to was Elk Rapids, MI, where he enjoyed his vacation home on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay with family and friends. A funeral in state for Paul will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 4:30 PM at St Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 Haggerty Rd, Plymouth, Michigan 48150 with a Mass at 6:00 PM. Private burial to take place on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Please go to the following link to see the Funeral https://michiganvirtual.zoom.us/j/5176645454.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the “American Macular Degeneration Foundation” (macular.org) or Angela Home Hospice. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.HarryjWillLivonia.com for the Thompson family.

Services

  • Funeral In State

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Memories

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Matt Kjolhede

May 20, 2020

One of my favorite memories with Boppa is listening to old Elvis recordings together… It was as if the music would cut through all the noise and connect the wild rock n roll that I love with his loving and caring side. He was a highly conscious person and I later learned that the music was not really necessary but helped me to be completely present in the moment with him. So glad that we were able to share such special moments together. Thanks for the guidance, inspiration, incredible memories, and life that you´ve given me. You will be greatly missed.

Jo Seman

May 18, 2020

To Mary and Family:
I think my sister Tammy said it all for the Earl Family and me. We loved all the wonderful memories we made between the two cottages in Elk Rapids. We loved Paul and all the Thompson Family. Paul was such a kind and gentle giving man who will always be remembered by our Family. The one funny memory I have of Paul was a number of years ago my brother Bob and I had grabbed my sister Tammy by her arms and legs at our cottage and were carrying her to the bay to to throw her in. She was screaming at the top of her lungs. Paul came running over thinking something had happened to Tammy offering to call 911 for us. The poor guys was so worried. We were laughing so hard and struggling with her it took us a bit before we could get out what we were up to, We felt so bad we gave him such a scare. But that was Paul, caring and always to the rescue. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the Thompson's and I give you one big wrap around hug. Paul will be missed. May he rest in peace. Cherish your memories of a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin, and for me a true friend. Love Jo

Dan & Marie Hebert

May 18, 2020

To Mary Lou, the Thompson and Flood families.
Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Paul and our prayers are with you at this time. May he rest in peace.
Dan, Marie Hebert and family.

Tammy Nemetz

May 18, 2020

Paul and his family will forever be remembered and loved by our family. We have so many wonderful memories of our summertimes on Grand Traverse Bay. It all started with the Earl family day camping on their newly purchased lot next to the Thompson’s cottage. Paul and Paula became fast friends with my parents, Jim and Joyce. Paul and Paula were so welcoming to this family of “beach campers.” Later, after Paula passed and Paul married Mary Lou, my parents and my family along with my sister continued the up north friendships. We shared many memories between Paul and Mary Lou’s blended family and my own. We will always remember sitting around the many beach campfires sharing drinks and laughs, the boat trips to the shipwreck, the restaurants on the deck that Lindsay, Kylee and Sydney made for their grandparents, Paul always commenting on Sydney’s sparkling blue eyes, cocktails on the deck, and the sharing of special family news with each other such as Dave and Jenny’s engagement. So many wonderful memories with the kindest and most gentle soul we have ever known. Paul was special and will be missed by all who lives he touched. Thinking of his family and praying for peace and comfort. Love you all.
Tammy, John, Kylee and Sydney Nemetz

Peggy and Mark Lemko

May 18, 2020

Dear Thompson family,
Paul was one in a million, kind-hearted and thoughtful. Marylou and Paul were the 1st to lend a hand when my parents got sick and the Lenn family will never forget their kindness. Paul, we know you are in heaven looking out for all of us. Our sincerest condolences to the Thompson Family.

Stephen Thompson

May 17, 2020

Condolences to the entire Thompson family on the loss of Paul. He is my dad’s brother, my uncle, former employer, and in later life, a friend. I have all positive memories of him. He was the most loving son to my grandparents. I have yet to meet a person who watched after and took care of his parents more than he did.
Rest In Peace.
Love,
Steve and Lauri Thompson

Maggie McGuire

May 16, 2020

To Mary Lou and the Thompson and Flood families,
Our sincere condolences on the passing of Paul. May the Lord comfort you all as only He can with wonderful memories of a true gentleman.
Love and Prayers,
Tim and Marg McGuire

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