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Hadwick A. Thompson

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HADWICK A. THOMPSON Died July 30, 2002. He was born Nov. 17, 1917 in Willows, CA. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1939 to 1945 and survived the attack at Pearl Harbor. He and his friend, Clarence Williams were the O.P.D's first Black Officers hired through the Civil Service. After retiring from the O.P.D. in June 1972, Hadwick joined the newly formed Bay Area Rapid Transit Police and served there for 8 years until retiring in Feb, 1992. Never one to sit still he joined the Bank California team as a fraud investor until his third and final retirement. Throughout his life Hadwick belonged to and was active in various service organizations. He was an active member and past president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assoc., the Oakland Chinatown Lions Club, the Toler Hights Neighborhood Assoc. and Oakland Council Navy League. he was a Nation Director for the U.S. Navy League. He was also an active member of the Lake Merritt Navy League Council and SF Chapter of the Veterans of WWII. He served actively on the boards of the Combat Submarine Veterans of WWII and until his recent illness those of the Child Assault Program, the U.S.S. Iowa Committee and the Potomac Committee. He was the Supervisory Chairman of the Sea West Federal Credit Union, trustee for the Retirement Board of the Oakland Police and Firemen and Chairman of the California Veterans Advocacy Corp. He was the historian for the local branch of the National Naval Officers Association and was an active member of the 50 & 9 Submariners, the Mine Layers Association and the Lake Merritt Breakfast Club. He also served as docent for the Oakland Museum and the U.S.S. Pampanito. He could also be found with the co-members of his St Paschal Baylon Curcillo Group serving meals at St Anthony Dining room. In 97' and 98' he served back to back terms on the Alameda County Grand Jury. Hadwick is survived by Lily, his wife of 59 years, his sons Hadwick and Emile and daughter, Michele, his grandsons, Troy and Eric, his great granddaughter, Kaya Leilani and host of relatives and friends. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Sat. August 3, 2002 at 10:00 AM at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church in Oakland, CA. The viewing will be on Friday, August 2 between the hours of 10 AM and 5 PM at CP Bannon Mortuary in Oakland.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 1, 2002
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