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Russell Bartlett Thompson Sr.
January 6, 1950 ~ August 9, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Russell Bartlett Thompson Sr., known to all as "Russ," passed away in New London, CT, on August 9, 2023. Born on January 6, 1950, in Hartford, CT, to Lionel L. and Martha (Bartlett) Thompson, Russ was a man of many passions, a lover of life, and a true adventurer.
Russ was a graduate of Windham Technical High School. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy. He did embark on a successful 35 year career as a nuclear pipe welder at Electric Boat. His dedication to his work was unmatched, and his skills were revered by his colleagues.
Russ's adventurous spirit extended beyond his work life. A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, he spent several years in his twenties racing motocross at the amateur level. Throughout his adult life, Russ was never without some type of motorcycle, a testament to his love for the open road and his thirst for adventure. His passion for speed also led him to drag racing, even attending Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School and experiencing the thrill of NASCAR at Daytona.
His love for mechanics and craftsmanship shone brightly in his hobby of building model airplanes. Despite the inevitable crashes, he never lost his enthusiasm for this pastime. Russ also proudly owned a 1941 Willys hot rod, which earned him several trophies at car shows. Russ's adventurous spirit even led him to experience the thrill of skydiving, a testament to his courage and zest for life.
Russ was a man of courage, always ready to take on new challenges. He was also incredibly handy, often using his skills to improve his home and help others. He found tranquility in living by the beach, reveling in the peace it brought him.
Russ leaves behind his daughter, Kim Benjamin and her husband Todd Benjamin of Franklin, CT; son, Russell Thompson Jr, his partner, Alyson Maello of WV; his former wife and friend, Gloria Thompson of Franklin, CT; his brother, Lester Thompson of Columbia, CT; and his Brother Peter Thompson and his wife Akiko of Hampton, CT; grandsons Jake and Josh Benjamin of Franklin CT and Luke and Logan Thompson of WV. All will remember him fondly for his adventurous spirit, his courage, and his handy skills.
His love for his pets was evident, especially his dogs, Bud and Bruce. After Bud's passing, Bruce came into Russ's life and brought him joy and companionship. These dogs were not just pets to Russ; they were family.
Russ lived a life full of adventure, courage, and love. He leaves behind a legacy of strength, resilience, and a spirit that will continue to inspire his family and friends. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him, and he will be deeply missed.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Thursday, August 17th 2023, from 6-8:00 PM at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT 06226. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 18th 2023 at Mansfield Center Cemetery.
To sign the online register book or leave a message for the family please visit www.potterhome.com