ucsb men s water polo James Thompson Obituary
Thompson, 72, of Rye, NY, passed away on October 7th at the Branford Hospice in CT after a long and courageous battle with illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Stephanie Acunto Thompson; his daughter, Amanda Thompson Fernandes and two grandchildren, Jeff and Holly; his brother and sister in law, Dr. and Mrs. Roger Thompson of Saint Clair, Michigan and their three daughters, Annie, Elizabeth Emily; and many relatives and friends. Born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1942, Jim was the son of the late Mr. William E. and Mrs. Mildred Bettinger Thompson. Jim grew up in Rochester, Michigan and, after attending California State University at Fullerton, returned to Michigan to partner in a men’s clothing store pursuing his lifelong interest in men’s style and clothing. He was offered a job at SK Polo Partners a joint venture partnership will Polo/Ralph Lauren. He sold his business and moved into his new role as part of their marketing sales team. As the brand gained popularity, Jim was asked to join Polo’s Flagship store on Madison Ave and relocated to NY. Jim had many varied interests a passion for rare and collectible sports cars, gourmet cuisine, competitive sports and, after retirement, staying on as an expert consultant in Men’s Design and Syle. A special thanks to his great and true friend, Steve Schevers, who relocated to Rye for the past few months to help Jim and Stephanie during this most trying period. The wake will be held at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY on October 13th, 2:00 5:00 PM and 7:00 9:00 PM. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Ocotber 14th at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4 Fountain Square, Larchmont, NY. Donations can be made to Jansen Hospice in Scarsdale, NY or to Conn. Hospice in Branford, Ct.