Richard V. Thompson
1930 - 2021
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Richard Vaughn Thompson, 90, of Sewickley Hills, passed away, surrounded by family, after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease, Monday, April 5, 2021. He is survived by wife of 37 years, Carol Semple Thompson; three children, Frank Corace Thompson, Richard V. Thompson II and Holly Lee Thompson; five grandchildren, Richard V. Thompson III, Christopher Robert Thompson, Kate (Ron) Bender, June (Pete) Carolas and Clint McCutchin; as well as two great-grandchildren, Eric Robert Bender and Aubrey Elizabeth Bender; and one brother, John Rea (Etta) Thompson. Richard was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Elizabeth, Pa., to John M. Thompson and Guellma J. Thompson. He was predeceased by two older brothers, Charles (Elin) Thompson and Donald Thompson; and his first wife, June Corace Thompson, the mother of his children. Richard attended Penn State University. He was drafted into the Army and served in Korea from 1952-54. He then returned to Western Pennsylvania, where he worked through the years for Baldwin Homes, Universal Welding and Johns Manville before embarking on a career in land development, including Holly Hill Mobile Home Park and numerous residential developments in Sewickley and Beaver County. Most recently, he was a partner in the Crows Run Self Storage with his son, Frank. He belonged to Masonic Lodge No. 526 in Elizabeth, Pa., was a 32nd Degree Mason, and was a member of Syria Temple and The Royal Order of Jesters. Through the years, he belonged to South Hills Country Club, Oakmont Country Club, Shannopin Country Club and Sewickley Heights Golf Club. He was a fan and the biggest supporter of his wife Carol Semple Thompson's golf career, and loved traveling the world to watch her participate in golf tournaments. Dick was also an avid, lifelong photography enthusiast. He enjoyed taking photography classes at the local colleges, getting together with his photo club friends, and creating beautiful works of art that he shared with many. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at SIMONS FUNERAL HOME INC., 7720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Burial will be private in Sewickley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation of Western PA, 575 Lincoln Ave. No. 101, Bellevue, PA 15202, pfwpa.org, or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Triblive Online Only from Apr. 7 to Apr. 9, 2021.
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