Louis John 'Jack' Tompkins Jr.
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Poughkeepsie - Louis John 'Jack' Tompkins Jr. passed away peacefully at Vassar Brothers Medical Center on January 26, 2013.
A lifelong resident of Dutchess County, he was born in Glenham, NY on November 7, 1932 to the late Louis John Sr. and Gertrude Tompkins.
He attended Glenham and Beacon Schools. He worked as a Corrections Officer at Matawan State Correctional Facility, he owned and operated a foreign car repair shop and was a pilot and instructor of small engine airplanes. He also served in the National Guard.
On March 22, 1953 he married Rosanna Margaret Versace.
He was predeceased by his wife Roseanna Margaret Tompkins, parents Louis John Sr. and Gertrude Tompkins, brother Robert Walden Tompkins and companion Lilo Stern.
He is survived by his sister Ruth and husband Ralph Mitchell of New Smyrna Beach, Fl., his aunt Ruth Lauritsen of Millbrook, his uncle Carl Tompkins of Cold Spring and his aunt Eleanor White of Chelsea. Louis is also survived by his children Todd Tompkins and his fiancée Patricia, Lou Ann Higgins and her husband Dennis, Dana Tompkins Sr., Cindy Long and her husband Mark, Shelly Tompkins, Louis John Tompkins III and his wife Laura Lee, Toni Marie Reynolds and her husband Michael, Adam Stern and his fiancée Rebecca, as well as his grandchildren Amy Lynn, Michael, Brendan, Jessica, Sean and his fiancée Adrienne, Dana Jr., Zachary, Zipporah, Mark, Sarah, Shelby, Makayla, Michael, Kaelan, Holly, Abigail, Noelle, Aiden, two great-grandchildren Alexandra and Elizabeth and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his long time friend and companion Anne Bradley Harrison of Poughkeepsie.
Throughout his life, Louis developed many interests including building dune buggies, water skiing, gardening and scuba diving for the NYS Police. He was an avid reader, naturalist and outdoorsman. He wrote an article which was published in Hudson Valley Magazine praising native Indian life. Louis was a boater on the Hudson River and his devotion continued as he was a member and advocate for the Sloop Clearwater Association of the Hudson Valley. As a child he always built model airplanes, as an adult his passions continued as he was a partner and member of the New Hamburg Seaplane Corporation Flying Club. He worked various jobs in his early days and quickly became a jack of all trades. As stated by Louis in Hudson Valley Magazine in November 1974, "Peace is in your own mind and it comes from what is in your heart." His life and legacy will continue to live on in the Hudson Valley.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Hudson Valley Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center for the care and compassion that was provided.
Friends may call on Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1 to 4 pm at Sweet's Funeral Home, 4365 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. A Funeral Service will be held at 3 pm during the visitation. Rev. Donald Hoger will officiate.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sloop Clearwater Association of the Hudson Valley, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon, NY 12508 (www.clearwater.org).
For Louis' guestbook or to send a condolence card please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.
Sweet's Funeral Home
4365 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY 12538
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Feb. 13, 2013