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Ellsworth S. Thompson

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Ellsworth S. Thompson

March 26, 1938 - October 20, 2016

Ellsworth S. Thompson, "Pap Pap," 78, of Wilmington passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife Kay of 53 years and his four sons: Greg, Hugh, Eric and Adam at his side. He leaves them and his adored grandchildren: Ashley, Daley, Sara, Hayden and Connor to cherish the warm memories he so generously provided.

Ells was born in Mahanoy City, PA in 1938 the only child of B. Marie and Joseph Thompson. He would go on to become his high school's class president, graduate from Franklin & Marshall College before meeting the love of his life Kathryn L. Kilpatrick. After marriage, they settled in Wilmington to raise a family. His professional life was devoted to helping people as he worked as a social worker for the Wilmington Family Court, Executive director of Seller's Senior Center, director of the Faith Center, Wilmington Senior Center and the Wilmington Housing Authority. Along with his compassion for others, he had a long and deep love for the game of soccer. In its earliest years, he was President of the Kirkwood Soccer Club, followed by becoming President of Delaware Youth Soccer Association and of course following his sons to every game and location to watch them play "The Beautiful Game". He supported his beloved Liverpool FC through the highs and lows, "You'll Never Walk Alone".

Ells is survived by his devoted wife Kathryn "Kay", sons: Greg and wife Kathy, Hugh and wife Heather, Eric and wife Irene and Adam and wife Dawn. Brother- in- law Grayson "Skip" and wife Sherry, sister-in -law Joan and his 5 grandchildren.

Ells loved many forms of music, writing poetry, was exceptional at Scrabble and word puzzles, spending his time with his grandchildren and extended family. He was never happier than being surrounded by family or sitting on the sidelines, supporting his boys and then grandchildren in all endeavors. Above all, he was a warm, kind and sensitive man. He thought deeply about many issues of the human condition and how he could positively affect them in some way. He was the family's philosopher, counselor, listener, teacher, father, and especially Kay's loving husband.

The family would like to thank the wonderful people of Heartland Hospice for their exceptional care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, they ask that donations be made to Heartland Hospice, 5661 Ocheltree Ln. Wilmington, DE 19808.

A viewing will be held at 11am followed by a service and celebration of life at 12:00pm. on Monday, October 24th at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilm. DE 19808. Burial will be held privately. To send messages of condolence visit
Published in The News Journal from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2016
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