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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.

 After 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 1998.

 A Remembrance 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:  dickjaneipswich@aol.com.

 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 northshore.edu/giving.  Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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