On Saturday, July 21, 2018 (the late) Edward Wilfred Thompson, so affectionately known as "Eddie" to friends and "Uncle Eddie" to family, peacefully transitioned to his new home in heaven at the age of eighty-one.
Edward was born on October 15, 1936 from the union of (the late) Josephus Thompson and Emily (Ford) Thompson in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As a child, he moved to Barbados where he lived during most of his youth. He then spent most of his adult life in the United States – more than fifty years.
Eddie worked as a wheeled vehicle mechanic for Mendon Trucking for over twenty years. He prided himself as being the best mechanic in town during his younger years. His passion was fixing vehicles, drawing pictures, and spending time with his family. His last major mechanic work was on "Betsy", an Oldsmobile that he taught his daughter how to drive. He demonstrated his expertise when the vehicle broke down in the middle of the intersection of Fulton Street and Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn, and he took five minutes to fix a broken hose on the radiator and save the driver from having a small heart attack.
In his golden years, under the pastoral care of Reverend Dr. Neithe Soleyn, Edward accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. Eddie was not a man of many words, but as a child of God, he spoke with passion about his journey, and praised the Lord for His mercies and grace. One of his final wishes was for his family to come together. Eddie's legacy of kindness and love extends not just to his family, but friends and strangers as well.
We were selfish and wanted him to stay with us. We prayed ceaselessly that he would come back home to Spencer Place; however, he was ready to meet his Savior.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Joahana Thompson; his children: Winston, Nicholas and Edward Thompson; his stepchildren: Winston, Samuel, Donna, Joan, Nadia and Glenor Reid (and their spouses); brothers: Rawle and Josephus; his sister Wenifred; sisters-in-law: Tertula, Sheila and Elaine Thompson; as well as a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, Church family and friends.
Edward will forever be in our memory as the “Quiet Giant”. His words were meek but his presence was comforting to all. He will be dearly missed by all whom he encountered.