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Born: December 30, 1932

Place of Birth: Calais, ME

Death: September 22, 2012

Place of Death: Bangor, ME

Memorial donations may be made to:
Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry c/o Fairfield First Baptist Church, 12 Newhall St., Fairfield, ME 04937

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Richard Henry Tompkins

    December 30, 1932  -  September 22, 2012
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Fairfield, Maine-On Saturday, September 22, 2012, Richard Henry Tompkins of Fairfield, Maine passed away at EMMC in Bangor, Maine following a brief illness.

He was born in Calais, Maine on December 30, 1932, the second child of Henry Alfred and Esther Josephine (Berry) Tompkins.

After his parents moved to Clinton, Maine in 1946, “Dick” graduated from Winslow High School in the class of 1950. He enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War, training in the Great Lakes and serving aboard the US Newport News in the Mediterranean. While in the Navy, Dick married the former Nancy Lee Clark on March 27, 1954. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Dick and Nancy settled in her family homestead in Fairfield.

He went to work at Keyes Fibre Company (Huhtamaki) spending the next 41 years as a trained pattern maker, and later as a supervisor, at the machine shop. He was considered to be one of the top ten pattern makers in the Nation. While at Keyes Fibre, Dick exhibited his prowess in the regular, noontime checkers games.

During their 40 years of marriage, Dick and Nancy were blessed with four children: Richard “Skip” Arthur, Brenda Lee, Stephen Lawrence and Bonnie Lynn. He was a scout master for Troop 470 in Fairfield, Maine. He and Nancy were members of the Heart of Maine Squares (dancers). He was predeceased by his first wife Nancy on September 10, 1994.

Dick also owned The Hobby Horse shop which was the culmination of a lifetime of collecting minerals and jewelry making. He was a big supporter of the L C Bates Museum at Hinckley. His donation of about thirty-five calcite specimens and some fossils are still on display there.

Following his retirement and Nancy’s death, Dick volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He later met and married Penelope (Hall) Merrill on April 19, 1996. During their 17 years of marriage, Dick and Penny spent time selling his hand crafted jewelry at fairs and travelling throughout the United States. For many years, they spent several weeks during the winter enjoying Arizona and visiting family members.

Dick served as a deacon and elder at Fairfield First Baptist Church. He was a member of the choir where he sang solos and duets. He also hosted several of the Christmas and Easter cantatas. Dick was a visionary. He had just started a men’s Bible study for his Tuesday morning breakfast crowd. At the time of his death, he was helping to organize various other service groups for the youth, newcomers, and grieving families of the church. He kept asking the Lord, “What do you want me to do next?”

In 2010 Dick was recognized by the Town of Fairfield for his commitment to community service with the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry and received dedication in the Fairfield 2010 Annual Report. He, along with Nancy Marcoux, also received the Congressional Record Tribute from the Hon. Michael H. Michaud as well as The State of Maine Senate and House of Representatives declaration, acknowledging their exemplary contributions over the years to the food pantry. He was also the 2011 Annual Invitational Christmas Cribbage Tournament champion.

Dick was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Esther; and his first wife, Nancy.

He is survived by his wife, Penelope Tompkins; his children and their spouses; Richard and Sherry Tompkins of Fairfield, Maine, Brenda Lee Ireland of Caldwell, Idaho, Stephen and Kelly Tompkins of Unalaska, Alaska, and Bonnie and Kevin Klodzinski of Scarborough, Maine; step-daughters and their spouses are Kimberly and John Libby of Freeport, Maine, and Rachel and Jim Lawrence of Warwick, Rhode Island. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, two siblings, Lillian Keegan of Winslow, Maine, and Peter and his wife, Ellen Tompkins of Waterville, Maine, several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held at the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield, Maine, on Wednesday, September 26, from 2- 4p.m. and 6- 8 p.m. His funeral will be conducted at Fairfield First Baptist Church, 12 Newhall Street, Fairfield, Maine, on Thursday, September 27, at 4 p.m. with Pastor Stephen Donahue officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, c/o Fairfield First Baptist Church, 12 Newhall Street, Fairfield, Maine 04937.