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Joseph E. Thompson Jr. (AD6BO) – SK

Posted by af6aq on June 8th, 2010

Joseph E. Thompson Jr.  (AD6BO)

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Joseph Earl Thompson, Jr., a life-long resident of Vallejo, died peacefully at his home on June 5, 2010.

He was the eldest child of Joseph E. and Anne J. (Kilkenny) Thompson. He was born at Mare Island Naval Base Hospital on Feb. 3, 1943 while, his father served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was educated at St. Vincent’s Grammar School, Vallejo Junior High and Vallejo High School.

His natural mechanical ability led him to employment in the auto parts industry. He also built and raced modified stock cars at Vallejo Speedway. He owned and operated Joe’s Gun Shop in Vallejo from the late 1980s with his wife and soulmate, Mary (Papuhi) Thompson, who died on April 1, 2009.

In 1997, Joe and Mary were members of the initial class of Vallejo Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program. Mary wore COP Badge No. 1 and Joe wore COP Badge No. 2. They were instrumental in building the COP Program from that time forward. They donated countless hours to the program, and were named Volunteers of the Year in 1999.

Joe was hired as a police assistant by VPD in May 2001. He initially worked in parking enforcement where he excelled, producing almost $1,000,000 in revenue for Vallejo in a single year. He was proudly serving the city he loved as an evidence clerk at the time of his death.

Joe is survived by his children, Tommy J. Thompson and Christina A. (Michael Richardson) Thompson of Martinez and their children Angel, Jesse, Tommy, Michael and Nicole; his mother, Anne J. Thompson of Yountville; brother, William R. (Margaret) Thompson of Long Beach; sister, Marjorie L. (Ronald) Dieckman of Tucson, Ariz.; his dear friend, Kathryn Ward; stepdaughter Michelle Bruce; and numerous other relatives. He waspredeceased by his father in January 1979.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Church on the Hill, 210 Locust Drive. The family suggests donations in Joe’s memory to VPD’s Citizens on Patrol (COP) Program, 111 Amador St., Vallejo, CA 94590 or a favorite charity in lieu of flowers.

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on June 8, 2010