Dr. Alfred C. Thompson
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AGE: 79 • Shrewsbury
Dr. Alfred C. Thompson, 79, passed away on Thursday, February 20th at Meridian Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury, NJ. He touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him. Al was known far and wide as a painless dentist whose patients traveled to see him from many states and countries. He had a calming chair-side manner that put everyone at ease as he would tell them his latest fishing story. Al always kept the bird feeders filled so his patients could look outside and forget they were at the dentist. Al was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in Nutley, NJ. He attended Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania and graduated from University of Pennsylvania Dental School in 1959. Al was an Air Force Captain stationed at Carswell Air Force Base, Ft Worth, TX from 1959 - 1961. He met and married Sue Ann Stokes in 1960. Al returned to NJ with his family and lived in Red Bank until he began his dental practice in Fair Haven in 1963. He was a proud resident of Fair Haven for 36 years and very active in the community where he was a member of the Planning Board, Board of Health and Board of Education. He was very involved in youth sports and coached Little League baseball and Pop Warner football for many years. Al was a member of the Monmouth - Ocean County Dental Society for 40 years. He retired from dentistry in 1999 and moved to Shrewsbury, NJ where he was most recently President of the Thornbrooke Homeowners Association. Al was happiest when he was working in his garden or at the family farm in Virginia. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to fish more than catching them himself. Those that knew him best would describe him as honest, loyal and hardworking. There was never anything broken that he couldn't fix.
Al is survived by his wife Sue Ann of Shrewsbury; sister Jane Rademacher of Manchester, NJ; son Scott of Ft Lauderdale, FL; son Stephen and his wife Cathy of Belle Mead, NJ and grandsons Brian and Kyle.
A memorial gathering will be held on Wednesday, February 26th, 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 PM at Thompson Memorial Home at 310 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ. All other services are private at the request of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Al's memory to Riverview Medical Center Foundation, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, NJ 07701, www.riverviewmedicalcenterfoundation.com
Published in Asbury Park Press from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2014
Thompson Memorial Home
310 Broad St. Red Bank, NJ 7701