Richard Francis Thompson
Richard (Dick) Francis
Thompson of Ipswich, Massachusetts, age 85, died on June 2, 2021 after a
brief illness. His wife, Dr. Patsy Jane Baugh resides in Ipswich. They
enjoyed life together for forty-four years. Dick and Jane lived in Ipswich
from 1982 until the present. Dick and Jane had a passion for travel and
theater. These activities were shared with their friends and family.
Dick was born in Turners
Falls, Massachusetts, the son of Mary A. St Germain Thompson and Alfred
Francis Thompson. Dick had been married to Marguerite R. Podlenski who
passed away at age 38. They had six children: Kristi Lee, Lisa Kay, Karen
Faye, Richard Fredrick, Steven William, and Andrea Lynn, all of whom
survived him. Dick had eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He had seven nieces and nephews and their spouses. Dick had three
siblings. His sister, Barbara Rodgers, lives in Bradford, MA and his
brother, Ronald Thompson and wife, Cliffie live in W. Springfield. His
sister, Janet Mann, is deceased.
graduating from Turners Falls High School in 1954, Dick entered the
General Electric Management Training program in Lynn, Massachusetts where
he studied engineering at Tufts University for four years. Dick received
his Bachelor Degree in Education from Salem State University in 1963 and
began his educational career as a science teacher in Raymond, New
Hampshire. Dick earned his Master of Science Degree at Cornell University
in physics in 1968. He later became the elementary principal in Raymond,
New Hampshire and then the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for
Raymond, Hooksett, Auburn, and Candia, New Hampshire. He was
Superintendent of Schools in Ipswich, Massachusetts from 1981 to July
of Life gathering for Dick will be held at a later date due to current
Covid restrictions. Family, friends, and acquaintances will be
invited and encouraged to reminisce and say a few words about Dick if they
wish. Dick always said that "Good relationships don't die. They
linger on in fond memories. These memories should be enjoyed and shared."
If you wish to attend this Remembrance of Life, please email your name,
email address, and phone number to the following address:
In lieu of
flowers, donations may be directed to the North Shore Community College
Foundation, Inc. for the Thompson/Baugh Scholarship Fund, a permanently
restricted fund, at 1 Ferncroft Rd, P.O. Box 3340, Danvers, MA 01923 or at
Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.
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