James R. Thompson

August 21, 2016

James R. Thompson
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

JAMES R. THOMPSON in Woburn, August 21st, eighty six years of age. Beloved husband of Jean I (Brown) Thompson. Devoted father of Linda C. Agostinelli-Pauley, her husband Jim of Woburn, Paula A. Evans, her husband Joseph of N. Reading, Mark F. Thompson his wife Lisa of TX, Jeffrey D. Thompson his wife Renee of FL and Sandra McGee, her husband Joseph of Andover. Dear brother of Dorothy Abruzzese of Woburn, Earl W. Thompson of CT, Carol Touchette of Medford, Mary Ann Holmes her husband Brad of Plymouth and the late Glenn Thompson. “Bumpy” of ten loving grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, August 27th at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home from 8:30 – 9:45a.m. prior to the Funeral. Remembrances may be made in his memory to the Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St.,NW, Washington DC,20036.

OBITUARY:

James R “Jim” Thompson passed away at the Lahey Clinic, Monday August 22nd at the age of eighty six. He was the beloved husband of Jean I. (Brown) Thompson for sixty three years.

Born in Somerville he was son of the late William A. and Dorothy (Leonard) Thompson. Raised and educated in Medford, Jim left high school to join the United States Army where he proudly served his country during World War II. Upon his return home, he went back to school and graduated from Medford Vocational High School with the Class of 1949. Jim continued on with his education receiving a Bachelor’s and a Masters Degree in Education, from Fitchburg State College.

In 1953 he married sweetheart Jean Brown to whom he has been devoted to for over sixty three years. They brought five wonderful children into the world, who always kept them quite active! They built their home in the Rag Rock area of the city, where they have remained over the years and has been the hub of family activity.

Jim had secured himself a position at the Woburn Daily Times as a compositor; then when an opportunity presented itself for him to work in computer typesetting, he began working at Compugraphics where he remained until his retirement. Always being a man of activity Jim had gone on to work after retirement at the IRS as a tax examiner in Andover for ten years. Well, Jim decided there was no time to be waisted, so he then joined with Adesa Auctions in Framingham as a driver, which he did for a few more years; while also helping out at the Senior Center with the Senior taxes!

All throughout his life he had a great love of animals. As a child he was an equestrian and taught riding at the Rita Marie Stables in Medford. He shared that love with his family, introducing them to horse riding and the true love of the outdoors and everything it had to offer. As his grandchildren began arriving “Bumpy” began introducing them to the love of the outdoors and he so enjoyed any and all time he spent with them. Their home or his home, sports or academia, he was a significant part of it all.

Jim had a wonderful sense of humor and learned all through out life that a bad joke was always as funny as a good joke! A very kind and gentle man Jim had wonderful sense of family and a great love for them all.

Jim was formerly a member of the Sons of Italy, Woburn Elks and American Legion.

Sadly, Jim was predeceased by his parents and his brother Glenn Thompson.

Jim is lovingly survived by his dear wife Jean of sixty three years, his devoted children, Linda C. Agostinelli-Pauley, her husband Jim of Woburn, Paula A. Evans, her husband Joseph of N. Reading, Mark F. Thompson his wife Lisa of TX, Jeffrey D. Thompson his wife Renee of FL and Sandra McGee, her husband Joseph of Andover. Dear brother of Dorothy Abruzzese of Woburn, Earl W. Thompson of CT, Carol Touchette of Medford, Mary Ann Holmes her husband Brad of Plymouth, Devoted “Bumpy” of ten loving grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, August 27th at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church at 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to call at the Funeral Home from 8:30 – 9:45a.m. prior to the Funeral. Remembrances may be made in his memory to the Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St.,NW, Washington DC,20036.

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  1. Paula & Joe (Evans)
    I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing.
    Please know you and your family are in my prayers.
    Joan Keating

  2. Dear Jean and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He will be sorely missed. As a “High St. Boy” who grew up with your family, I remember, sweetly, of your courtship and wedding, and how excited we youngsters were to see the first person in the neighborhood get married. And what a marriage it has been, in particular, your children and your selection of the lot on Harrison, the plans, and the home, itself, perched with a view into Boston. I will miss our occasional meeting at the Restaurant, also a sweetness which I will dearly miss. Bob Gonsalves

  3. Linda, so sorry to hear of the death of your Father, our thoughts and prayers and with you and your family at this time.

    Bob & Audrey Knodell

  4. Dear Jean, Linda and the Agostinelli Family,

    Sending you all good thoughts and deep condolences; Jim was such a sweet man, and I feel privileged to have known him as well as I did.

    Lots of Love,

    Chris Pauley

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