Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home

142 Elm Street, Marblehead, MA


Stephen W.A. Thompson

May 24, 1940January 13, 2020

MARBLEHEAD – Stephen William Abbot Thompson, 79, of Marblehead, died on Monday, January 13, 2020. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan R. (Phillipps) Thompson with whom he shared 46 years of marriage. Stephen was born in Cambridge, MA, the son of the late William A. and Kathleen M.H. (Turnbull) Thompson. He graduated from the Holderness School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colby College with the class of ‘63. He also completed the Executive MBA program at Harvard Business School (now known as the Advanced Management Program). Upon graduating from Colby, Stephen worked as an insurance broker at Marsh & McLennan for his entire career. He successfully ran the Marsh & McLennan Boston office as Managing Director for many years until his retirement. Stephen was an avid reader of everything and was always interested in current affairs. He appreciated socializing and the warm company of his ROMEO group of friends (Retired Old Men Eating Out) as well as the “Lunch Bunch” in Marblehead. He was a boater throughout his life and enjoyed many years of New England coastal cruising with Joan. He was a member of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead and the Five Islands Yacht Club on Malden Island in Maine where he summered for 70 years. He was a loving father who provided his sons with support and guidance his entire life. He was a loyal and caring husband to Joan and they enjoyed travel around the world during their retirement. He was a kind and thoughtful grandfather and always involved in their school and sporting events. He was a gregarious person and loved to engage in discussions and stories with whomever he met. He was gracious, kind and inviting to everyone he knew and a man of great character. Always loyal to his family, he was a constant reminder of what it meant to be a good listener and to take care of one another. His absence leaves a void with his entire family as he was loved by all and viewed as the family patriarch. Stephen leaves his two sons, Christopher P. Thompson and his wife, Meryl and their two children Aidan and Ryan and Andrew A. Thompson and his wife, Nichole and their two children Lilah and Samuel, all of Marblehead. He is also survived by his sister, Cornelia Emery of Carmel-by-the Sea, CA and nieces Elizabeth and Victoria Emery, and Susan Ryan and a nephew, Douglas Ryan. Burial services will be private. A day of remembrance for family and friends will be held at a future date. Arrangements are under the care of Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Abbot Public Library Fund, PO Box 1406, Marblehead, MA 01945 or to Marblehead Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 4, Marblehead, MA 01945 or via marblehead.dollarsforscholars.org. To share a memory or leave online condolences, please visit eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.


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Mary Almeida

January 23, 2020

I had the honor of caring for the sweetest man i’ve ever met. No matter what he was always kind. We shared laughs and he gave me the best advice. Someone who will be truly missed. Someone I will never forget. He was more than a client, he was like a grandfather to me. He was an amazing person. Fly high angel

Jennifer Denis Nisbet

January 23, 2020

I was so sorry to read of the passing of your father. Both of your parents were such wonderful neighbors on Franklin St.
My condolences,
Jenn (Denis) Nisbet

Douglas Ryan

January 16, 2020

All my love to my now passed uncle and my cousins and their families. He was a great man, great uncle, great dad, great generally. He will be missed. All my sympathies to the remaining family members. You were blessed to know him. Hang in there.