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.