Thomson, George Henry (Hank)
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87, passed away on July 27, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born on March 19, 1926 in Jacksonville, Florida. Hank was much loved by his family including 5 children, Teri Thomson Taylor, Linda James, George A. Thomson, Laura Kramer and Bryan Thomson, his 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Norma T. Thomson (Wilson) and his sister, Elizabeth Krieger. Hank was a musician in the U.S. Navy Band #114 during World War II. He attended Syracuse University where he met Norma. In 1947, on summer break from college, Hank and 2 friends drove a 1934 Ford from Lakeland, Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska to work on the Alaskan Highway. After graduating from Syracuse in 1950, Hank returned to The Territory of Alaska and Norma daringly flew to Fairbanks from Brooklyn, New York to be married on July 21,1950. Hank and Norma loved the outdoors and spent summers camping, fishing, hiking and bird watching. They bravely raised 5 children through Alaskan winters in Fairbanks and Anchorage before moving to Scottsdale in 1966. Hank worked as a banker until his retirement in 1981 from Valley National Bank as a Vice President in Commercial Loans. After retirement, Hank and Norma were always "going somewhere". They spent summers traveling the Western states in their beloved travel trailer faithfully attending the annual Sun Valley Music Festival. Hank was an avid bird-watcher, music-lover, outdoorsman, and late-blooming computer geek,. He especially loved Bach, Looney Tunes cartoons and real butter. Hank was a talented handyman, routinely performing home and yard maintenance until he was 86 when he finally hired a gardener at his children's insistence. Hank remained a traveler until age 86, even traveling to Scotland for the first time at age 85. He was deeply committed to his family and was an inspiration to his children who all strive to live by his motto: "anything worth doing is worth doing well". Hank was fortunate to meet the second love of his life, his beloved companion, Marie Taylor, who faithfully loved him and also cared for him during a short but intense battle with cancer. Services will be private. Memorial gifts may be made to The Nature Conservancy or
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 31, 2013