Obituary: Bruce R. Tompkins, 65

Bruce R. Tompkins died on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He was born on March 18, 1951, in Ossining, N.Y., the son of Robert W. and Catherine F. Tompkins.

Tompkins spent his childhood in Tarrytown, N.Y. After attending Sleepy Hollow High School, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., in 1973. He married the love of his life and best friend, Jean Barthelson, in 1981. They moved to Redding in 1985, and welcomed their son Wyatt in 1994.

Tompkins’ career in the private investment field spanned four decades. He was most recently a vice president at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., the wealth management and investment banking firm in Manhattan.

Tompkins had a lifelong enthusiasm for sports. Since childhood, he was an avid fan of the Mets, Knicks and Giants, but his very favorite teams to root for were those on which his son Wyatt played. From pre-K soccer to middle school basketball, RELAX lacrosse, high school basketball and lacrosse, and ultimately Connecticut College’s varsity lacrosse, Tompkins was on the sidelines.

In a more official capacity, he volunteered as head coach of the Redding Easton travel basketball team and the Joel Barlow High School summer basketball squad.

Tompkins was diabetic, and quietly endured a series of medical issues associated with the disease, including a kidney transplant in July 2004. But despite the host of complications and toll it increasingly took on his body, he maintained an ever positive attitude.

Tompkins’ life centered on the love of family, most especially that of his son Wyatt, 22, and his devoted wife, Jean. He is also survived by sister-in-law Lynn Rognstad and her husband, Richard, from Vermillion, S.D., and sister-in-law Janice Brown and her husband, William, of Doylestown, Pa. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert W. and Catherine F. Tompkins of Chatham, Mass.

A celebration of the life of Bruce Tompkins is being planned on Saturday, March 18, 2017, which would have been his 66th birthday. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Shriners Hospital for Children (shrinershospitalsforchildren.org).