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Tom Lingard Thompson

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August 17, 1936 - June 2, 2015 Tom was born in Dunkirk, New York to Robert and Lois Thompson and spent his childhood years in Fredonia, New York. He attended the Rectory School, Darrow and graduated from Denison University in 1959. He joined the United States Marine Corps and graduated from Officers' Candidate School, serving as a Company Commander in Southeast Asia. He left the military service as a Captain before joining Armstrong World Industries in 1963. His expertise was in sales and marketing and he was District Manager / Floor Division in both Kansas City and Los Angeles. He subsequently held executive sales positions at Rain Bird and Trojan Battery. In his earlier years Tom was an avid tennis player and always loved the challenge of golf. As the children were growing up he coached their sport teams and was active in the Boy Scout program. As a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach Tom participated as a Stephen Minister and as a Deacon. He was a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, Orange County. He received the 'gift of life' as a transplant recipient in 2005, was a volunteer for Donate Life and went on to build ten more years of wonderful memories with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Kirkland Thompson, Corona del Mar. They met at Denison University and were married in 1960. Travel, entertaining friends, creating memories with their children and grandchildren, and being active members of the community represented a great part of their life together. Tom is also survived by their children: Stephen, his wife Andrea - Dallas; Stephanie and her husband Troy Anderson - Marblehead, Ma. and their three children - Walker, Lyndsey and Chase. An infant son, Robert Mark Thompson passed away in 1963. Tom showed great courage in battling serious health issues over the years, always retaining his great smile, and remained hopeful until the end, trusting in the Lord for his safekeeping. Tom fought the good fight and is now at peace. His family will be forever grateful for the exemplary care and compassion shown by his medical team and caregivers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Tom L. Thompson to The Salvation Army at 10200 Pioneer Road, Tustin, CA 92782. A private burial service is planned at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary with a Celebration of Life Service to be held later for friends and family at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA, on July 17th at 11:30 am.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 10 to June 11, 2015
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