Howard Thompson Was Active in Labor Union

Howard Edward Thompson, 86, of Middletown, Conn., husband of the late Domenica (Minnie) Vigneri Thompson, died on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Middletown. Born on Jan. 18, 1916 in Benton, Ky., he was the son of the late Albert E. and Alice Hall Thompson.

As a young man he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps and later moved to Connecticut. He was employed by New Departure in Meriden, was active with the UAW labor union and retired after 30 years of service. While at New Departure, he met and married Minnie. They were married for 53 years.

Howie, as he was known, was an avid reader, gifted singer, self-taught ukulele player, remarkable storyteller and creative artist. His sensitivity to nature and light came across in his artwork, which won several trophies and ribbons. He was an admired dancer and in the 1950s was a member of the St. Sebastian's Minstrelaires theatre group. He was a member of Meridian Lodge #77 A.F.&A.M., Meridan. He will be missed by many, especially relatives, friends and close friends Bill Burke Sr. and family.

He is survived by his daughter, Alice June Thompson of Edgartown; his son, Crandall Thompson and his wife, Deborah, of Norwich, Conn.; two grandsons, Travis Thompson and his wife, Shannel Thompson of Sebastopol, Calif., and Bret Thompson of Norwich, Conn.; a brother, Redge Thompson of Adams, Tenn.; a sister, Deborah Thompson of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at Middlefield Cemetery in Middlefield at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.