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William James Thompson


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William James Thompson Obituary
July 1, 1934 - November 27, 2017 William "Bill" James Thompson, 83, of Newbury Park, California, peacefully passed on Monday, November 27, 2017 at the family's home. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church located at 1360 S Wendy Dr., Newbury Park, CA, with Pastor Stan Ferguson officiating. Reception immediately following at the Thompson family home. Online guestbook is available on Legacy.com. Bill was born July 1, 1934 in Montreal, Canada, to Edward William and Freddie Lea (Cox) Thompson who later moved to Houston, TX, but he spent the majority of his childhood in Martinez, CA. He graduated from Alhambra Union High School and later Cal Berkeley where he played in the Cal Marching Band. While serving in the US Army he met and later married Carolyn White Tucker on June 27, 1959 in Columbia, SC. They first moved to Bakersfield, CA, but Chatsworth, CA, was home where they raised daughter Jane Elizabeth and son Brian Edward. Bill was employed as a public relations executive with a distinguished career at Coldwell Banker and later as a successful communications consultant. Bill was very committed to his family and faith as a member for decades at Northridge UMC and later St. Matthew's UMC in Newbury Park. He also spent many years volunteering with the LAFD, LAPD and Train 4 Autism. His beautiful, kind and gentle soul touched many and whose strong faith, keen sense of humor and life of service will always be remembered. Donations to Reid's Gift (reidsgift.org), founded in memory of his grandson, would be greatly appreciated.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17, 2017
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