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Walter S. Thompson
September 21, 2018

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HARWICH - Walter S. Thompson, 79, of Harwich, Massachusetts, passed away on Monday, September 17, surrounded by his family, due to complications of Parkinson's disease. Walt was born on September 27, 1938 to Daniel P. and Auleta (Welch) in Williamstown, Mass. He attended Williamstown schools and graduated from Fitchburg State College in 1960 with a BS in Education majoring in Industrial Arts. He later went on to earn a Masters degree in Guidance from Bridgewater State College. He began his teaching career in Pittsfield, Ma, then Williamstown High School. In 1964 Walt began teaching Industrial Arts at the then new Harwich High School, later switching to the Guidance department. Walt loved teaching and building relationships with his students.

Walt married Norma G. Erickson in Littleton, Ma. on June 25, 1961, and built a house next door to his boyhood home on Simonds Road in Williamstown. His first two children, Christopher and Lisa, were born in 1962 and 1963 while living there. The family then moved to Cape Cod, and settled in South Orleans, where their third child, Daniel, was born in 1964. They lived on Portanimicut Road where Walt and his family enjoyed many years of fishing, boating, clamming, scalloping and crabbing in Paw Wah Pond and Pleasant Bay. Walt was always busy with building projects, both in his own home and for others, and the family spent many enjoyable summer Sundays 4-wheeling on Nauset Beach. They also loved camping and spent one memorable summer camping cross country. In the early 1980's the family owned the Holiday Shores Motel in Provincetown where they all worked side by side during the summer seasons.

In 1984 Walt and Norma moved to Sanibel, Florida, where they owned and operated Island Locksmith, along with their son Dan, until they sold it in 2000 and moved to South Fort Myers. During the 28 plus years they lived in Florida they spent their free time boating and camping, and when they moved to Ft. Myers Walt enjoyed many hours on woodworking projects until his Parkinson's progressed. In 2013 they decided to move back to Massachusetts to be closer to family.

Walt was predeceased by his father Daniel Thompson, and his mother Auleta (Thompson Mezowicz). He is survived by Norma, his wife of 57 years, his children Christopher (Margie Zohn) of Needham, Lisa Midura (Marty) of Enfield N H, Daniel of Harwich, his brother Donald Thompson of Vermont, his stepfather Joseph Mezowicz of Bennington, Vermont, and his cousin Priscilla Medeiros of Pownal, Vt. He is also survived by 4 granddaughters : Shannon Edwards (Martin), Andrea Thompson, Jenna Thompson, and Emelyn Joy Zohn.

Walt will be remembered for his love for his family, kind nature, unwavering work ethic, sense of humor, and his never ending appetite for cookies and cream ice cream.

Walt was cremated and will be interred in the Thompson family plot in Oak Hill cemetery in Pownal, Vt. There will be no funeral services, however celebration of life services will be planned at a later date in Vermont and on Cape Cod.

Friends wishing to make a donation in memory of Walter may donate to the American Parkinson's Disease Association (www.apdaparkinson.org) or Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, 68 Rte. 134, S. Dennis, Ma, 02662. Notes of comfort may be made to his family at www.morrisoconnorblute.com.

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