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Bower Thompson

Bower A. Thompson

Saturday, May 26th, 1923 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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HANNAWA FALLS - Bower A. Thompson, 97, of passed away on Saturday morning, October 3, 2020 at his home with family at his side.

Bower was born on May 26, 1923 in Fowler, the son of the late Donald and Lillian (Gleason) Thompson.

Bower is survived by his son, Donald Thompson and his wife Pietrina (Fiacco) Thompson, Hannawa Falls, NY; a daughter, Linda Thompson and her husband Dr. Michael Gribetz, MD, New Hartford, NY. His beloved granddaughters, Kristin Repice and her husband Christopher Repice, Camillus, NY; Jessica Thompson-Peek and her husband Jeffrey Peek, Pennington, NJ. Great grandchildren Emma Repice, Alexander Peek and Gabriella Peek. Bower is also survived by two sisters, Barbara Joan (Thompson) Reasoner, Boca Raton, FL and Sue Ellen (Thompson) Fiacco and her husband Leon Fiacco, Rensselaer, NY and brother-in-law Victor Winters, Brushton, NY as well as several nieces and nephews.

Bower was pre-deceased by his wife of 67 years, Gloria Beth (Peterson) Thompson, his parents and sisters, Mary E. (Thompson) Berg and E. Anne (Thompson) Ellis.

Bower graduated from Potsdam High School. He worked for New York Bell Telephone Company as a construction foreman, retiring after 35 years of service.

Bower was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and served as President of the Northern Chapter; a member of the Ogdensburg Acacian Lodge #128 Free and Accepted Masons; A communicant of the First Baptist Church where he served as a trustee for many years. He lived a long and fruitful life. He married his high school sweetheart, raised a family and worked at a job that he absolutely loved.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bower’s memory can be made to the Potsdam Humane Society or to a charity of one’s choice.

A private memorial service will be held at Foxwood Memorial Park in Ogdensburg.
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    Foxwood Memorial Park
    Route 37
    OGDENSBURG, NY 13669
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Peg Walrich

Posted at 06:22pm
Don, Pat and family. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss of your Dad. I know it’s been a really tough couple of years for you as you were the best caregivers that anyone could ever want. May you have peace to know you did your best And now you can enjoy your lives as you move forward to do the things you enjoy doing. God bless you always dear friends, Peg

vicki payne

Posted at 10:46am
Linda and family, I have thought about your Mom and Dad over the years and what great people they were. I loved working with Gloria at Joann Fabrics, and met your Dad also. As I recall, he was a sweetheart, just like your Mom. My sincerest sympathy and condolences to you all. I will always remember them both. Vicki (Wright) Payne


Posted at 09:45am
Don, Pietrina and family,
Some of my earliest memories of our family gatherings at the camp on the river always include Uncle Bower. I will never forget his constant smile and heartfelt laughter. One such occasion was when I was 9 yrs. old and he was pulling skiers with his boat. Everyone told me I was too small to try it, but he agreed to let me. Sure enough, everyone was right. I couldn't hold the ski tips up out of the water to start, but he gunned it and pulled me halfway across the river before I let go! When I finally got my head above the water all I could hear was Uncle Bower laughing his head off telling me he was right. There are other instances of his good-natured humor I will always remember that made him the good person that he was. Rosa and I will miss him and hope he and Aunt Gloria are together and smiling again.


Bruce Winters

Posted at 07:59am
What can you say about my Uncle Bower? From the time I was a little kid so many years back, he was always one of if not my favorite uncle. What a great sense of humor and at times, he was also a prankster. Lunch with Uncle Bower one day involved his inability to read the menu as he forgot his glasses. The waitress brought out a box full of glasses and Uncle Bower found a pair he liked, ordered, and put the glasses back in his pocket. When he realized what had taken place, he made sure he got back to the restaurant to return them. At one of my last visits I told him he was my favorite uncle to which he replied with a grin that he was now my only uncle. We will miss you Uncle Bower but it is comforting to know you are now with Gloria who has missed you too.

Posted at 06:29pm
Don, Pat and family,
So sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.
MaryChris Jones

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