Obituary Father Richard R. Thompson

   Father Richard Raymond Thompson, son of the late Raymond Charles Thompson and Viola Agnes Gerthoffer Thompson, went to his eternal reward with the Lord on Jan. 8 at the Westminister Towers Health Facility, Bradenton, Fla., where he has been a resident for the past six years.
   Born on Aug. 28, 1933, in Syracuse, Father Thompson graduated from St. Anthony’s School in Syracuse and St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester. He was ordained a priest on Feb. 2, 1959 by Bishop Walter A. Foery at Blessed Sacrament Church in Syracuse.
   Father Thompson served as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Cortland; Blessed Sacrament Church, Johnson City; and St. Paul’s Church, Binghamton. In 1972 he was appointed as pastor of St. Ann’s Church, Parish, where he served for six years. He also served as pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Boonville for 14 years and Holy Family Church, Fulton for 12 years. Upon retiring, Father Thompson moved to Bradenton, Fla., where he served at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Sarasota, for five years before entering Westminister Towers Health Facility.
   He also served several years on the Syracuse Diocese priests Presbyteral Council and part time on the diocesan Marriage Tribunal. While pastor in Fulton he served as the Bishop’s Vicar for the Northern Region of the Diocese. Father Thompson was a 4th Degree member and Faithful Friar of the Knights of Columbus both in Syracuse and in Sarasota. He served as chaplain to the fire departments in Parish, Boonville and Fulton.
   Father Thompson was totally devoted to his priesthood and served his people with great compassion and love. He is survived by his brother, David Thompson of Kansas City, Missouri, and his sister, Sister Serena Thompson, CSJ of Troy, New York.
   A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Jan.16 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 833 Magellan Drive, Sarasota, Florida. Interment of his ashes will be in the Memorial Gardens on the grounds of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church.

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