Arthur "Art" F. Thompson, 65, of Stratford, New York, passed away peacefully at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville, New York with his loving family by his side.
Art was born on June 12, 1946, in Little Falls, New York, the son of the late Howard and Beatrice (Belcher) Thompson. He attended Stratford High School and graduated from Wheelerville with the Class of 1964. Shortly after graduation, Art enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War era. He was honorably discharged after serving his country.
He was formerly employed by Blackburns Trucking in Albany, New York, for many years until his retirement in 2007.
Art enjoyed hunting and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his children and especially his grandchildren, 13 grandsons and one granddaughter who he lovingly called his football team and one cheerleader. Art will be greatly missed by his family.
Art is survived by his beloved children: one daughter, Cathy Thompson of Pottersville, N.Y.; four sons, Artie Thompson and his wife, Barb, of Gloversville, N.Y., Rich Thompson of Gloversville, N.Y., Toby Thompson of Hadley, N.Y., and Jason Thompson and his wife, Niki of Gloversville, N.Y.; his stepchildren, Chad Manzer and his wife, Melinda, of Johnstown, N.Y., Scott Manzer of California, and Laura Manzer of Albany, N.Y.; his cherished 13 grandsons and one granddaughter; his special twin brothers, Kenny Thompson of Stratford, N.Y., and Keith Thompson and his wife, Linda, of Bleecker, N.Y.
He was predeceased by a nephew, John Thompson in 2012.
There will be no formal calling hours or services for Art. His family will hold a picnic at Art's home on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. at 322 Bingham Mills Road, Stratford, New York, as a celebration of Art's life and to carry on his tradition in hosting his annual Memorial Day picnic. The family has asked that family and friends join them for the picnic. The Thompson family is being cared for by Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York.
Art's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at St. Mary's Hospital for their compassion and care for Art this past year.
In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Art's memory for The Foundation of St. Mary's Hospital at Amsterdam, 427 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, NY 12010.
To leave a message of sympathy for the Thompson Family, please visit www.millerplonkafuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.