Courtney Ralph Thompson
January 22, 1955 – July 15, 2019
On Monday, July 15, 2019 Courtney R. Thompson passed away peacefully in Mission Viejo, CA at the Age of 64.
Born in Chicago, January 22, 1955 and adopted at birth by Ralph and Marion Thompson of Park Ridge, IL. He attended Butler University and then completed his studies in Communication at Loyola. His early career was in hospitality at Hyatt and Ritz Carlton, as the original Concierge. Then focused on Media, Entertainment and was brought to San Diego to run K-Best radio, and was involved in production and management. He also was in management of Love – 94 and WNWS in Miami. He founded, Broadcast Direct in Miami, and then Thompson Marketing and Advertising.
Courtney had a passion and zest for life, loved to travel, was an excellent chef, and supported the arts and many non-profits; he was involved with Special Olympics and was always there for anyone he took a special interest in. He had a quick wit and a very big heart and always had advice for those in his circle and beyond.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jill Marie Thompson, stepson Brian Daley, brother Todd Landacre, sister Beth Leonard, nephew Doug, and loving service dog Lola as well as many close friends and associates around the country.
A Celebration of Courtney's remarkable life will be held at Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33134 on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Celebration, Dinner and Entertainment by Nicole Henry.
- Celebration of Life & Dinner Friday, September 13, 2019
Courtney Ralph Thompson
Sharon MacIvor Demaria
July 30, 2019
We were best of friends almost 37 years---
I will miss our "coffee calls" discussing cool ideas for business, recipes, health issues, Special Olympics , venting(complaining about my office & telling me how it should be run) lol , kid stuff, the death of pets, religion, politics, our lives- and mostly sharing a special friendship that spanned miles and years.
When I took you to lunch recently- I did not know that was the very last time I would see you- and right after that- preparing your beloved Lola's Travel certificate for California- that would be the last time we spoke. How very sad Courtney- you loved life so much.
Your bigger than life presence filled every room and made everyone feel special.
At holiday times and birthdays- special times- you included others in your grand cooking celebrations with you and Jill as head chefs!
It was fun listening to your plans for the future and how you looked forward to spending more time in California- with Jill and Lola.
Lately though- it was difficult to see you in discomfort and although you put on a brave front and pretended that the food was yummy at lunch- it was obvious you were so very sick.
And despite your attempt to be upbeat and happy- I caught a glimpse of a little sadness in your smile- and out of the corner of my eye- the tear.
Oddly enough though- as you were driving me to my car like nothing was wrong -you did make a comment that I thought about after I pulled away -" you know Sharon I have done everything I wanted to do and lived a very fulfilling life- I have no regrets". That left me wordless- but then again Court was always very philosophical.
Court- I am honored to have called you my friend for so many years and will never forget you . May God hold you in his hand and bring you into his glorious kingdom- to share in eternal life with Him.
July 29, 2019
Court was one of the finest people I have ever known. Only a few months older than me, but I looked upon him as a big brother. We met many years ago but stayed friends although many miles apart. Always there for me. Will miss him greatly.
July 26, 2019
The Lord introduced me to my Brother over 30 years ago by a chanced meeting.
From the day I met Court, and forward, we were connected at the hip.
In our Journey through life, we learned from each other how important it is to reach perfection in everything you do, say, or strive to achieve.
Court and I, individually, had our challenges, and would discuss our next moves so as not to make mistakes; as well as avoiding underserved stress in our journey of Life.
Court’s heart was great, he thoughts analytical , and if he couldn’t solve an issue he would seek guidance from a wide source of dear friends, and his living wife Jill. Jill is a gem, and Court expressed his love and admiration for her as his Life’s Partner.
The Lord has taken a great individual from us all, who were lucky to know him while on this earth.
I love Court, I will always love him, and I will talk to him as I continue on my Journey.
Court’s spirit lives on in each of us !
Tom and Aurora Birch
July 24, 2019
Aurora and I are stunned to hear of Courtney’s untimely passing. Court and I often thought of each other as brothers from different mothers (we’re both Swedes from families in Chicago).
Courtney changed the world around him for the better. He will be greatly missed by the many people who had the opportunity to know him.
One of our best memories was Courtney’s attendance at Aurora’s surprise 45th birthday in Boca Raton in 2004.
July 23, 2019
A sad day. Courtney was a dear friend , a lovely man and a passionate broadcaster. His life changed when he fell deeply in love with Jill, he always talked about how lucky he was to have her. My hear is broken, we’ve been buddies for about forty years.
July 23, 2019
My neighbor, my friend, my advisor, my confidant.
Gonna miss you.
July 23, 2019
You will be missed dearly. I am so glad I was able to cook one last meal for you and we laughed hard that weekend before you left for Califorinia. I always knew when you were in the room. You had a presence! I thank you for taking care of my beautiful best friend Jill. She is heartbroken with out you! We will keep your memories alive and your big heart
close to ours forever. Love Carol