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Harold Gustave Thompson Sr. Dies at 97

Harold Gustave Thompson Sr.

With a deep sense of sadness, the family of Harold Gustave Thompson Sr. announces his passing in Caguas, Puerto Rico, on June 18 at the age of 97.  “Uncle” Harry as he was affectionately called, was born in Christiansted, St. Croix, and grew up in Gallows Bay.

He is survived by nieces: Jean Walcott, Dorothy Bolling Llanos and Annabelle Thompson Lockhart; nephew, Tyrone Thompson; great-nieces: Monique Llanos, LaVerne Walcott, Lesa Walcott and Monique Thompson; great-nephews: Lorenzo Walcott, Rafael Llanos, Ray Llanos and Mark Thompson; great-great niece, Imani Bennett; and great-great nephew, Raquan Bennett.

He is also survived by great-great-great nephews: Raquan Bennett Jr. and Rafael Bennett; and special cousins: Golda Cole, Kathleen Cole, Leroy Hendricks, Adelia Norman, Florina Barnes, May Adams Cornwall, Roger Adams, Thyra Thompson, Thelma Lang, Annette Scott, Yvette Donadelle and Lynelle Emanuel.

Other survivors include special friends: Roderick and Myrna Hospedales, Calvin Lang, Rueben Prince, Cecil B. Lockhart, Sandra and William Howell, Ivan Latimer and Selvon Thomas; special caregivers, Minerva Joseph, Frances McIntosh, Theresa Joseph; as well as many other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Harry was preceded in death by his wife, America Hernandez-Bell Thompson; and his son, Harold Thompson Jr.

Harry was a faithful member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he served in many capacities, including deacon, usher and vestry member.  He was a delegate to the Diocese Convention and conducted tours of the church and its history.  He was also dedicated to community service as Founder of the St. Croix Lion’s Club, the first in the Virgin Islands, and several others, including the Frederiksted USVI Lions Club, where he served in many capacities, including president.  He was a grand master in the Caribbean Light Lodge No. 101, and past president of the Shriners.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Services and celebration of his life. Services will be held at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Christiansted on July 23, beginning with the offering of tributes at 9 a.m. followed by services at 10 a.m. His ashes will be scattered in the bay at Gallows Bay following the services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all attendees are asked to adhere to government guidelines.  Attendees must wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing at all gatherings.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. John’s Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 486, Christiansted, U. S. Virgin Islands 00821

Arrangements are under the care of James Memorial Funeral Home.

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