Richard W. Tompkins, Jr.
Richard Weller Tompkins, Jr. was born on May 5, 1934 to Jean Cameron Ford and Richard W. Tompkins in Newburgh, NY. He passed away on April 10, 2021 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s and a short battle with a rare form of lymphoma.
He attended Lawrenceville Preparatory School and the University of Pennsylvania, before a long, successful career in advertising. He was renowned in the art of account management, recruitment, mergers and acquisitions, as well as management consulting for restructuring agencies. He loved both the business and people of advertising, and retired his career from Saatchi & Saatchi in 1994.
Arriving on Amelia Island, Florida from Westchester County, NY seventeen years ago, Dick could be found on a tennis court or golf course, even until he was 83. As a youth, he participated in all kinds of sports — from track to soccer — and continued his love of sports throughout his life.
Over the years, Dick wove himself into the fabric of many lives, with his good counsel, famously outrageous sense of humor and story-telling. He was a one-of-a-kind character and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
He leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Amy; children: Tiffany Tompkins (Bradenton, FL with Gerald Moyles); Richard Tompkins III (Pleasant Hill, CA with wife Sandy); Ashley Devery (Boulder, CO with husband Mike); and Jimmy Tompkins (Ocala, FL with wife Brianna).
Predeceased by his parents, half-brother Fred Easman, step brother William Easman, and many canine companions, he leaves behind his brother Ken Tompkins (with wife Jan), half-sister Linda Olson (husband Warren), sister-in-law Cathy Saypol, and sister-in-law Nancy Easman; beloved grandchildren Daniel Craft, Erin Jones (with husband Reese), Emily Devery, Conor Devery, Madelina Tompkins, and Harper Lily Tompkins; and great grandchildren Cameron Craft, Brendon Craft and Emelia Jones; life-long friend and cousin William Scott, many nieces, nephews, friends, mentees and mentors, as well as best feline friend Clarence the cat.
His favorite song, “Please don’t talk about me when I’m gone”, sung by Arlo Guthrie, will not be heeded, as family and friends will continue telling stories about Dick Tompkins, his creatively embellished stories and his antics for generations to come.
A graveside service will be held at Bosque Bello Cemetery at 11:30 am on Wednesday, April 14th on Amelia Island, and a memorial service will be planned for a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please support those things closest to Dick’s heart: kids, trees, animals, or youth sports.