TOMPSON, Willard Dudley
November 26, 1926—January 30, 2015
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Will Tompson. Left to mourn him are his spouse Esther; his sons: Will Jr., Jeff (Sue), Ken (Sharon), Brad (Elaine); his daughter Rachel; his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also mourning his passing are his brothers Cliff (Mary) and Bob (Vivian); sister-in-law Marsha; nieces and nephews; his stepsons Marc (Cindy), Glenn (Lisa) and their children; his many friends and fellow musicians. He was predeceased by his brother Carroll and his parents.
Will was born in Mexico, Missouri. He served with the U.S. Army at the close of WW II and was stationed in Berlin, 1945-46. Will moved with his young family to Vancouver in 1962 to pursue a career as a geologist in mineral exploration. In 1974, he relocated to Smithers, B.C. He retired in Vernon, B.C. in 2001. Will was an accomplished jazz musician, playing both tenor sax and clarinet. He enjoyed playing with his fellow band members at his church, community functions and at many of Vernon’s care homes.
Will’s family would like to thank Drs. Cunningham, Yacyshyn, Vaz and the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Faith Baptist Church in Vernon, B. C. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Will may do so to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon, 1212 W. Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., V6H 3V2, www.heartandstroke.bc.ca or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250-542-4333. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com.