Richard L. Thompson
May 17, 1933 – November 19, 2019
Brewster-Richard L. Thompson passed away peacefully on November 19, 2019 at The Terraces in Orleans, MA, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86 years old. Born on May 17, 1933 in New London, CT, he was the son of George B. Thompson, Jr. and Hazel L. Thompson. He lived with his parents in New London, CT, Worcester and Newton, MA, and in 1952 graduated from Newton High School. He then attended and graduated from Brown University in 1956, where he was a member of the Delta Phi Fraternity. After attending Cornell Law School for a year, where he met his future wife, Carolyn, he transferred to and graduated from Yale Law School in 1959. While in Law School, he worked summers for the National Labor Relations Board in Boston.
Following graduation from Yale Law School, he was married to Carolyn Harvie of Chambersburg, PA in 1959 and they lived in Providence, RI where he was an associate for the Providence Law firm of Tillinghast, Collins, and Tanner. In 1963 they moved to Westfield, MA where Dick became a corporate lawyer for the then Stanley Home Products Company, specializing in labor and real estate law. He became Assistant Secretary of the Corporation.
While living in Westfield, Dick especially enjoyed going to his ski chalet in Ludlow, VT and skiing at nearby Killington. He became an expert skier and enjoyed skiing with his wife and their two children. Later, he enjoyed traveling especially to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and Williamsburg, VA. Following his retirement from the then Stanhome Company, the family moved to Brewster on Cape Cod and Dick joined his wife in her antique business, Bayberry Antiques. After having a shop in Brewster and then North Chatham, they did antique shows in Massachusetts and other New England states, and also Pennsylvania, featuring Americana and Ephemera. Dick was a member of the Cape Cod Antiques Dealers Association for many years. He was a long time member of the First Congregational Church of Harwich, where he had served as a Trustee.
Besides his wife, Carolyn, Dick is survived by his daughter, Laura McFaden and son-in-law, Frank McFaden of Jupiter, FL and Orleans, MA, a son, Richard E. Thompson and daughter-in-law, Melanie Cauchon of Brewster, MA and grandchildren Blair, Nicholas, Lauren, and William. Also surviving are a niece, Lisa Vander Sluis Whitney and husband David of Seattle, WA, and nephews Dr. Stephen H. Vander Sluis and wife, Pamela, of Madison, WI, and Attorney David K. Vander Sluis and wife, Kristin of Knoxville, TN.
The family would like to thank The Terraces for the kind and compassionate care that he received there. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Harwich on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the Cervo Foundation for Brain Research at www.inmemoryofmrthompson.com, or to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 3981 Main St, Brewster, MA 02601. For online condolences, please visit www.doanebealamesharwich.com
- Funeral Service Tuesday, December 3, 2019
- Burial Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Richard L. Thompson
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November 26, 2019
We knew Dick for almost 20 years. He was one of the first people we got to know in the antiques business on the Cape when we first moved here. He was the premier early postcard dealer and the “go to” person in the field.
Dick had a quiet elegance about him when he talked about history and geography. Always willing to share what he knew and ready to help out, he was one of the smartest antiques dealers around. While we were aware that he had a corporate life In the past, we did not know much about his profession. He was modest about what he knew and very popular among our friends and colleagues. He and Carolyn have been a steady and important part of our work life as antiques dealers. We could not have asked for better friends in the business. He will be missed.
Danielle Jeanloz and Bob Zaremba.
November 25, 2019
My Father aka“Pops”passed peacefully. He was a wonderful Dad, passed on lots of wisdom, his love of skiing,sports,history, Cape Cod...He always had my back, supported me 100% no matter what (I’m sure he wasn’t thrilled with my hard rock music vs his John Denver!). He taught me to travel,see different places.He loved Puerto Rico,the Bahamas, to relax &walk on the beach.
He attended Brown then Yale Law School. Met my Mom who was at Cornell &Cornell Law School. They married, settled in RI then Westfield, MA where they raised us. My parents were always at our childhood events. I loved baseball. My Dad always encouraged me, always made sure to find time to watch my games. I remember when he took me to my first baseball game at Fenway!
When I was little, they bought a ski house in Ludlow, VT. We’d ski almost every weekend (he liked to ski fast!). My Dad loved to sing a little song to wake my sister & I up so we could eat & hit the slopes. I still hear the jingle in my head.
My Father always loved Cape Cod. We would visit my Grandparents in W. Falmouth. In the 80’s, my parents bought a house in Brewster & he retired from a 30 year Corporate Labor Lawyer career. There, he joined my Mom in an Antique business.
They had a shop in Brewster then Chatham for years &enjoyed traveling the East Coast doing shows with their friends. I think he was happy not to wear a tie and jacket all the time :)
He loved living on the Cape with my Mom. Since Melanie & I live near them, I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with him. The last few weeks have been difficult. It’s a hopeless feeling when you can’t make a loved one get better & see the transition happening. I’m comforted knowing my Mom, Sis & I (&Mela &Frank) were able to be with him often &find him great skilled caregivers that were able to make him as comfortable as possible. I’ll miss being around him,seeing those blue eyes & his smile once again.He was truly a special guy & the best Dad a son could ever ask for! I love you Pops!❤