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James P. Thompson

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SHAFTSBURY -- James P. Thompson, 82, a lifelong resident of Shaftsbury, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at Bennington Health and Rehabilitation. He was born in Shaftsbury on Jan. 22, 1924, the son of Ernest and Jennie (Woodard) Thompson and attended Arlington Schools. James worked for Poly Graphics in North Bennington for 27 years as a four-color pressman then for the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, retiring after five years of service. James married the former Marie Wilcox in Shaftsbury on Aug. 24, 1946, and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

James was a member of the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church, where he was on the board of trustees, the building committee and the men’s group. He would often volunteer through the men’s group, visiting the elderly in the area. He was also a member of the Shaftsbury Fire Company and was a life member of the Smuggler’s Ridge Camp in Sandgate. James served on the Prudential Committee in Shaftsbury for five years and was a member of the Pressmen’s Union and served as assistant Boy Scout leader, Troop 330, which was sponsored by the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. In his early years, he loved dairy farming and agriculture. His main interest was spending time with his children, especially his grandchildren.

James is survived by his wife, Marie Thompson of Shaftsbury; his son, Gary W. Thompson and his wife, Carlene, of Arlington; two daughters; Pam Meunier and her husband, Ray, of Bennington, and Jennie Thompson of Shaftsbury; five grandchildren, Kimberly Morse, Katie Murphy, Jamie Lillie, Ken Wickenden and Jill Burke; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for James will be held Wednesday morning, March 15, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. The Rev. Deborah Estey will conduct the service. Interment will follow in the family lot in Shaftsbury Village Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.

Memorial contributions in James’ memory may be made to the Shaftsbury Methodist Church or the Shaftsbury Fire Department, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 13, 2006
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