JACK E. THOMPSON, JR. SOUTH HERO - Jack E. Thompson, Jr., 81, of South Hero, passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in the Franklin County Rehabilitation Center of St. Albans. Jack was born April 16, 1931, in Hardwick, the son of the late Jack E. and Marguerite MacArthur 'Dolly' Thompson. Following his graduation from Hardwick Academy, he enlisted in the US Air Force, where he served his country as a jet mechanic. After the Air Force he worked for Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut. From there, he served as member of the Air National Guard. Jack then went on to work with IBM in Essex. On Sept. 20, 1957, he married Connie Jackson in South Hero. Together they made their home in South Hero. Jack enjoyed tinkering and was never afraid to start any project that came along, although a successful conclusion was never guaranteed. He enjoyed building model airplanes and trains and was a proud member of the B-24 Liberator Club. He loved taking care of his lawn and continued to keep at it well after the Parkinson's developed to the point where it was very difficult, mostly because no one else could do it correctly. He is survived by his wife, Connie, of South Hero; his two sons, Jack Thompson III and his wife, Mary, of Essex and Jeremy Thompson and his wife, Jackie, of Knoxville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Erin and Graeham Thompson; his brothers, Ronnie Thompson of Hardwick and Wilbert Thompson and his wife, Marjorie, of Newport News, Va.; his sister, Carole Fournier and her husband, Clermont, of Florida; his sisters-in-law, Kristin Thompson of Massachusetts, Janice Jackson, Frankie King, Sally Senesac, Doris Streeter and Eleanor Lawrence; brother-in-law, Giles Jackson; several nieces and nephews; as well as the dachshund, Baxter. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Minor Funeral Home, Route 7 in Milton. Burial will follow in the South Hero Village Cemetery. All are invited to a gathering immediately following at 21 Dubuque Lane in South Hero. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, VT Chapter, 1 South Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 30, 2012