James A. Thompson

Thompson, JamesJames A. Thompson, age 97, passed away on Tuesday Oct. 27 at Pillsbury North Gazebo Apartments in South Burlington, where he has lived since the death of his wife Harriet in 2011.

Born in Matawan, N.J., on Dec. 15, 1917 to Richard and Ida (Ogilvie) Thompson, Jim moved to Vermont to work at IBM in Essex Junction in 1965, and subsequently moved to Jeffersonville to be close to his favorite ski area, Smugglers Notch.

Jim was a life-long outdoorsman, and enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, golfing, among other activities. Following his retirement from IBM, Jim pursued his passion for skiing by working for the Smugglers’ Ski Patrol, where he became known for both his graceful, expert skiing and his dapper appearance on the sloped, as he skied wearing a shirt and tie topped off with a Scottish tam. He was an active member of the 55-plus Ski Club, and in later years, the 70-plus Ski Club. Frequently called the “old man of the mountain,” he continued to ski several times a week each season until age 93, when a lengthy illness caused him to reluctantly give up his favorite sport.

During his years living in Jeffersonville, Jim was active in community affairs and the Jeffersonville Congregational Church, and he served for many years as a Justice of the Peace. He took great pleasure in performing wedding ceremonies in this capacity. Jim was also a member of the Masons.

Jim and Harriet moved to Williston in 2008. He is survived by his daughters Hallery Brunet and partner John Willis of Williston, and Bette Anderson of Olympia, Washington; grandchildren James Brunet and wife Janna, Jodie Donohue and husband Brian, William Brunet and wife Shirley, and Robert Brunet; great grandchildren Aaron and Logan Brunet, and Nikita and Misha Lachapelle.

Visiting hours will be at Ready Funeral & Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Drive in Essex Junction on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 3-5 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Williston Federated Church on Sunday, November 15, at 1 p.m.

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