Obituary of James Walter Thompson
James Walter Thompson, Sr., 78, of Horsham, passed away peacefully Thursday, December 23, 2021, surrounded by his loving family at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health in Abington. He was the beloved husband to Barbara (Neff) Thompson to whom he was married for over 58 years.
Born March 7, 1943, in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John S. Thompson, Sr., and S. Marguerite (Moore) Thompson. He was a graduate of Abington Sr. High-School, Penn State University, and Drexel University.
His engineering career spanned many different genres, from designing the vertical scale indicator for 747 jets, to inventing the sweepers for the dental industry to keep nitrous oxide out of the dental operatory, to mechanical sorting of mail for the US postal service, and designing the smallest microchip in the semi-conductor industry at the time.
His hobbies, which were many and diverse, included boating at Beach Haven NJ, offshore fishing, waterskiing on Lake Ontario, vacationing on Sanibel Island, FL, collecting and running model trains, rebuilding an antique fire engine, and his involvement with the Vintage Raceboat Association. Many hours after he retired were spent researching the many projects he aspired to complete.
He was a life-long member of Carmel Presbyterian church where he served on Session, Board of Deacons, and as a 10-year senior high advisor. He also enjoyed singing in the Carmel church choir and in the Sanibel Community Church choir for 2 months each winter. Above all, his greatest joy was having a good long conversation with a friend or family member. He was such a family man who loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren immensely and was always encouraging them to reach their full potential.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, James W. Thompson, Jr. and his wife, Renee, of Port St. Lucie, FL, Susan Ehring and her husband, Stephen, of Schwenksville, Laurel T. MacBride and her husband, Travis, of Horsham, Scott Thompson and his wife, Teresa, of Hilltown, and Brian Thompson and his wife, Wendy, of Hatboro; Denise Thompson, mother of four of his fifteen grandchildren; and he also is survived by four great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at 11 AM on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Carmel Presbyterian Church, 100 Edge Hill Rd. Glenside, PA 19038, where friends may greet the family from 10-11 AM. Guests are required to wear masks at church. Burial will follow at Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Breathing Room, 8310 Brookside Rd. Elkins Park, PA 19027 or to Carmel Presbyterian Church at the above address. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com