Hampton – Robert P. Thompson, 80, died January 5, 2013 at Watson Fields in Dover.
Born July 12, 1932 in Hollywood, California, he was the son of Paul and Hazel (Hofeditz) Thompson, and was raised in Southern California. Robert (Bob) graduated from UCLA. In 1952 Bob enlisted with the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict. Bob and his wife Janice lived in Englewood, CA before settling to raise their family on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Bob was an engineer. He designed and patented many electric motors over his 40 year career with Emerson Electric.
Bob was transferred to New Haven, CT with Emerson in 1974, and resided in Madison, CT from 1974-1986 where his two children, Steve and Wendy, attended Daniel Hand High School. In 1985, Bob transferred again with Emerson Electric, to St. Louis, MO where he and Jan lived in Chesterfield, MO. After retiring from Emerson in 1995, Bob and Jan moved to Hampton, NH to be near their two children and six grandchildren. Bob was an active member of the Hampton Congregational Church.
A true Engineer at heart, Bob enjoyed tinkering in his garage and basement, where numerous miraculous repairs took place. Bob was able to erase overnight the effects of more than a few fender bender's on family vehicles. Bob also enjoyed woodworking, building bicycles, fishing, following his beloved UCLA Bruins, LA Lakers and adopted Patriots, and watching his grandsons play baseball. Bob was especially dedicated to his family and a true family man.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Janice (Brolyer) of Greenland; a son, Steven P. Thompson and his wife, Susan of Preston, CT; a daughter, Wendy Haslam and her husband, Jim of Greenland; 6 grandchildren including John, Andrew and James Haslam, David, Robbie and Amy Thompson and 1 great granddaughter, Elizabeth. The family would especially like to thank the staff of both Bellamy and Watson fields who demonstrated and delivered exceptional compassion and care for all their residents including Bob.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to: Cure Alzheimer's Fund. 34 Washington Street, Suite 200. Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; WWW.LLS.org/waystohelp
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