Tompkins, Lawrence M. "Larry"
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Mr. Lawrence M "Larry" Tompkins, 97, of Newfield, NY passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Lawrence was a son of Mr. & Mrs. Olin M. Tompkins Sr., born in Newfield, NY. He was a veteran of World War II with "communications" as Teletype Mechanic Instructor in the Air Force. Lawrence accumulated 44 years of service with NCR (National Cash Register) and was manager of assembly operations of the Ithaca plant for 12 years. He was on special assignment in 1954 and traveled much of the country giving instruction on Service and Repair of the NCR adding machines. He was a member of the NCR 25 year club. Lawrence was a member of the Newfield Methodist Church and served in many capacities. He was a 60 year member and Past Master of King Hiram Lodge #784.F.and A.M. as well as a member of the Past Masters Association. He was also a past President and life member of the Ithaca Industrial Management club. He served on the committee and was treasurer of Boy Scout Troop #34 in Newfield for 13 years. He also served on the Town Board of Newfield as Justice of the Peace for one term. Some of his special interests included helping other people, traveling, gardening (especially roses) and golf. Survivors are his daughter, Susan (Kenneth) Ray of Fletcher, NC; his sons, Brian of West Palm Beach, FL and Monroe (Barbara) of Liverpool, NY; and two grandchildren, Matthew (Kori) Tompkins of Owego, NY and Katie Tompkins of Lexington, KY. He is also survived by one brother, Marshall; two sisters-in-law, Beulah and Lucille; and one cousin, Lloyd Tompkins. Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel in 2009; as well as four brothers, James, Howard, William and Olin Tompkins Jr.; and four sisters, Mary Rumsey, Virginia Allen, Bertha Coombs and Nellie Taber. The family will be present to receive friends at the Newfield Methodist Church beginning at 10:30 AM on Thursday, November 21 followed by a noon service in celebration of Lawrence's life. A reception will be held in the Church hall following the service. Donations may be made to the Newfield Methodist Church 227 Main St. P.O. Box 143 Newfield, NY 14867 or to the Newfield Fire Company 77 Main St. Newfield, NY 14867.
Published in Ithaca Journal on Nov. 19, 2013