Ronald C. Thumpston, 79, of Bradford, passed away on Friday (March 28, 2014) after a battle with cancer.
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At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation or services. Burial will be at sea with full U.S. Navy honors.
Ronald was born in Pittsburgh on March 18, 1935. He graduated from St. Michael's High School in 1953. Following high school, he joined the Navy as a musician.
Ronald worked as a manager for Beneficial Finance Co. in Pittsburgh, Erie, Corry and Bradford for many years. After retiring from Beneficial, he worked for Bradford Hospital, then part-time for Dusk to Dawn Delivery Service. He also played saxophone with area musicians, including John Kytic, Wes Bowen, Bob Lucia's Big Band and the Bradford Citizen's Band.
Ronald is survived by long-time companion, Dorothy Wood; two daughters, Kathleen Thumpston and Barbara (Timothy) Romanelli, both of Bradford; and a son, William Thumpston of Alexandria, Ind. Grandchildren include Kimberly and Dan Romanelli and Samantha and Robert Thumpston. He is also survived by a brother, Robert (Rosemary) Thumpston of Pittsburgh, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, James and Marie (Seliga) Thumpston; and one brother, James Thumpston.
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Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 1 to Apr. 8, 2014