James W. Thompson, 52, of Danbury, died May 24. He was born in Queens, N.Y., June 13, 1960, son of Jane E. (DuFlon) and William H. Thompson.
His brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Laura Thompson of Sandy Hook; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Joseph Fossi of Ridgefield; two daughters, Jamie and Samantha Thompson, North Salem, N.Y.; longtime girlfriend, Lisa de Burgo of Danbury; and many other relatives survive Mr Thompson. He was predeceased by his parents.
He spent his early career in the auto parts industry as manager and owner of several stores. He then went into the IT consulting business. He was most recently employed by KForce of Shelton, where he started as an account manager, achieving national top performer status on multiple occasions. In 2012, Mr Thompson took on the account executive role. He partnered with account managers to expand their business relationships into other solutions and projects, and was integral to the growth of the Shelton office.
His philosophy on life was driven by his study and practice in the art and way of the martial arts. His primary place of study was the Temple of I Cheng, Rhinebeck, N.Y. Under the direction of Chung Si William Lapham, Mr Thompson attained the title of Si Bok.
Calling hours are scheduled in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield, Thursday, May 30, from 4 to 8 pm. A memorial service and celebration of life led by Lama Tashi Topgyal of Temple Kunzang Patchen Ling, Tibetan Buddhist Center of Red Hook, N.Y., will be at the Ridgefield Community Center Lounsbury House, Main Street, Ridgefield, Friday, May 31, at 2 pm.