BARRE - Richard Ira Thompson Sr., 67, of North Main Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, with his family at his bedside.
He was born May 25, 1945, in Norwalk, Conn., the son of Harold I. Thompson and Lucell Burke, and was educated in New Milford (Conn.) schools.
On Sept. 3, 1966, he married Jane Zeigler in Bridgewater, Conn., where they made their home until moving to Plainfield in 1972. They would later move to their present home in Barre in 2002.
A truck driver all his life, he had worked for several companies including E.A. Grandfield, Green Mountain Sanitation, Bellavance Trucking, and had spent many years as a self-employed trucker.
Time spent with his family, hunting, fishing, auto racing, tractor pulling, monster trucks and woodworking were several of his favorite pastimes.
Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Jane Thompson, of Barre; two sons, Richard Thompson Jr. and his wife, Tammy, of Worcester, and Harold Thompson and his wife, Jen, of Berlin; a daughter, Cathy Ashford, and her husband, Brent, of Barre; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; along with a sister, Flossie Jackson, and her husband, Alfred; and two brothers, Leonard "Butch" Thompson and his wife, Wanda, and Edward Thompson and his wife, Bea. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Adeline, a niece, Becky, and his daughter-in-law Rose Thompson.
Friends and family may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rowan Court Patient Activities Fund, 378 Prospect St., Barre, VT 05641.