Jack D. Thompson, 88, operated four businesses with his family

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Our dear father, Jack D. Thompson, 88, died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Dear, old dad was born in Albia, Iowa; a diamond in the rough. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 18 and retired as a commander 35 years later. He married our beloved mother, Philomena, and lived happily together for 62 years. After retiring from the Navy, he attended Old Dominion University and majored in history. While attending ODU, he bought a restaurant across the street from the university and over the next 12 years, acquired four businesses and operated them with his wife and children.

Our father will be greatly missed by all of us, his four children, Rosemary, Paula, Jack Jr. and Charles; seven grandchildren, Casey, Ross, Kendal, Andrew, Isabella, Nicholas and Eva; sons-in-law, Richard and Paul; daughters-in-law, Georgia and Susan; and brother, Rex. Until we meet again, we will see you in the soft stars that shine at night.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 7, at Church of the Holy Family, located at the corner of North Great Neck Road and Laurel Cove Drive in Virginia Beach.

Condolences may be offered to the family at hollomon-brown.com.