March 5, 2007
Mr. Tompkins was born in Catskill on August 27, 1920 to the late Harry and Beatrice Deyo Tompkins. He graduated from Catskill High School Class of 1939 and enlisted in the US Navy on August 31, 1942. He served during World War II on the USS Randolph and USS Saratoga as an Aviation Machinist Mate Second Class. He was stationed in Albany, NY, Newport, FL, Brunswick, ME, Burbank, CA, and Pearl Harbor. He earned the WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign and American Campaign Ribbons.
Upon his discharge on October 27, 1945, he went to work with William Haas at his automobile dealership in Coxsackie. He was then employed in Hudson at Milroy Chevrolet and retired from Condor in Catskill as their service manager in 1992.
A devoted 65-year volunteer fireman, he was Past President of Hose Co. #1, member of the Catskill Fire Police, GCVFA Past President, an eight-year director of HVVFA, Volunteer Fire Judging Association, and Catskill Firematic Committee. He was instrumental in the development and construction of the Catskill Fire Safety Training House and served as a training instructor for many years. He was a member of the Red and Blue Vests, Sullivan-Teator VFW Post 770, former member of the F. A. & M. Lodge #468, founding charter member of the Kiwanis Club (a receipiant of their Governor's Award), former Boy Scout Leader, and founding member of the Catskill Boat Club.
Mr. Tompkins is survived by his son, Paul Tompkins of Charlottesville, VA and daughter, Sharon Tompkins of Catskill; daughter-in-law Susan Hartman Tompkins of Charlottesville, VA; four grandchildren: Mrs. Eric (Jennifer) Knutsson of Fredericksburg, VA, Mrs. Nick (Stefanie) Scott of Bristol, England, Mrs. Brian (Kristen) Hahn of Gathersburg, MD, Matthew Tompkins of Arvonia, VA and his fiance Yvonne Brown; three great-grandchildren: William Knutsson, Benjamin Knutsson, and Alexis Scott; sister Florence Gavigan of Catskill as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris Deer Tompkins and second wife, Joan Phillips Tompkins in addition to brother Chester Tompkins and sister Dorothy Decker.
Funeral services were held on Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. in the Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home at 139 Jefferson Heights in Catskill. Rev. Joyce D. Wilkerson, Pastor of the United Methodist Church officiated with interment following in the Town of Catskill Cemetery. Friends and relatives called at the funeral home on Thursday, March 8 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Firemen's Home at 117 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson, NY 12534 or to the Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene at 47 Liberty Street in Catskill, NY 12414.
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