James F. Thompson

  • Born: March 2, 1936
  • Died: September 15, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family

James F. Thompson, longtime resident of Melrose, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 85.

Born in Melrose on March 2, 1936, James is the son of the late Archer F. And Wilna (Shaw) Thompson. He grew up in Melrose graduating from Melrose High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill receiving a bachelor's degree.

After college, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was stationed at Naval Air Station Port Lyautey in Morocco. He developed many lifelong friendships there. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1959.

Upon his return stateside, he went to work for Little Brown Publishing as an Editor focusing on aviation related books. He enjoyed antiquing and was an active antique trader at the Brimfield Flea Markets. James also took care of his aunt and mother in their later years.

James is survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, September 23 from 9-10am, and for his Funeral Service celebrated at 10am. Interment with Military Honors provided by the United States Navy at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Please click on https://my.gather.app/remember/james-thompson-sep-2021 to view the live stream of the Funeral Service.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jim was a friend whom I met when we were naval officers together at the US naval air station in Morocco in 1961, and with whom I have ever since kept in touch. He was one of a kind, a man of prodigious erudition and good humor and a gentleman of the old school. His language was never adulterated with slang or modern usages. He death leaves a great void, knowing that I can never laugh with him again at the strange things that go on in the world.

Posted by John Brittain - Lewistown, PA - Friend   October 09, 2021

To Jim's family, what a gentleman Jim was! As his neighbor, I grew up across the street from Jim, who always seemed as gentlemanly and worldly as people come. When he would visit during holidays, he always brought my mom her favorite beer and regaled us with stories of his time in the military or living in NYC. He was such an institution growing up, and he will be missed dearly!

Posted by Paula Sen Root - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   September 21, 2021