|Birth: ||Mar. 5, 1950|
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 2013|
Neil J. Thompson, 63, of Shickshinny Lake, passed away peacefully on Thursday in the home he built, surrounded by the love of his family.
Born in Nanticoke on March 5, 1950, he was the son of J. Neil Thompson and the late Gertrude Bujno Thompson of Shickshinny. Neil was a graduate of both Northwest High School and Bloomsburg University. He completed post-graduate studies at Marywood University and Cornell University. From 1972 to 1980, Neil taught environmental and life sciences at Northwest High School. While at Northwest, he, together with his students, established the Environmental Land Lab to focus on the importance of environmental activism at the grassroots level. He was awarded the Environmental Education Leadership Award by the Luzerne-Lackawanna Educational Council in recognition of his outstanding leadership in developing model environmental opportunities for students and teachers throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. After his tenure at Northwest, Neil joined PP&L, where he specialized in health physics and nuclear procurement.
Of Neil's many personal and professional accomplishments, he considered his greatest achievements to be his three children: Heather, Autumn and Neil John. He was proud of their successes, but was most grateful for the people who they grew to become. He was honored to be called DoD, Pop, Daddy-O, Best Buggie and Dziadie. His granddaughter Catherine was an added gift.
In addition to spending time with family and friends, Neil enjoyed boating and fishing on Shickshinny Lake, restoring and racing cars, walking "the land," ice cream, Little Debbies, Skoal and Salem Lights.
Neil was preceded in death by his mother and his nephew, Jonah Lucius Kiefer.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Donna Lapinski Thompson; father J. Neil Thompson of Shickshinny; daughters Heather Lee of New York City and Autumn Lee of Sewell, N.J.; son Neil John of Brooklyn, N.Y.; granddaughter Catherine Helen; sister, brother- in-law and niece Joann, John, and Joy Kiefer; brother- in-law and nieces Donald, Katie and Caroline Lapinski; brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew and niece Richard, Judi, Mathew and Ami Lapinski; brother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece and nephew John and Cheryl Lapinski, Alicia Baratta and Ian Ashford; beloved yellow lab Jettie Lucy; and his ever extensive fan club.
The family extends a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. David and Carol Greenwald and the loving staff at Medical Oncology Associates (MOA), Dr. Donald Stone and Cheryl Jackson, Dr. Jeffrey D'Andrea and Dr. Gary Neale for the kind and respectful care they provided to Neil.
A celebration of Neil's life is being planned, and the family requests that in lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations be made to the MOA Prescription Fund at Medical Oncology Associates, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA, 18704. Funeral arrangements are by the Charles L. Cease Funeral Home, 634 Reyburn Road, Shickshinny.
Published in Times Leader on September 15, 2013
Created by: paul babiuk
Record added: Oct 09, 2013
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