Amesbury, MA — Bernard Thompson passed away Wednesday at the Maplewood Care Center in Amesbury. He was born in Freeborn, Ky., and was the son of the late Kenneth and Mabel (Walton) Thompson. He was husband of the late Ruth (Newcomb) Thompson who passed away in 2006.
A decorated veteran of WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. Stationed on the USS Indianapolis, he was injured in the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941. Serving 8 years in the U.S. Navy, he retired as a Chief Petty Officer and was awarded 2 Bronze Stars, a Silver Star, and the Purple Heart. Following the war, he attended Commercial Art School in Boston, Mass., for sign painting and became well known for his sign painting in the greater Amesbury area. He was a member and past Chaplain of D.A.V. of Newburyport and member and past Chaplain and Senior Vice Commander of the Richard F. O'Brien Post #2016 V.F.W. of Amesbury. He also enjoyed the outdoors and loved camping, hunting, and boating.
He is survived by two sons, Raymond Thompson of Kensington, N.H., and Rodney Thompson of Merrimac, Mass.; one daughter, Sylvia Cook of Salisbury, Mass.; one brother, Jack Thompson of Jacksonville, Fla.; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., in Amesbury. Burial with military honors will follow in the South Byfield Burial Ground on Warren Street in Georgetown, Mass. Calling hours at the funeral home will precede the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Richard F. O'Brien Post 2016 VFW, P.O. Box 541, Amesbury, MA 01913 or online to the Wounded Warriors.