Charles A. "Cy" Tompson, Sr., 78: Operated Back Bay Auto in Portland

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FREEPORT — Charles A. “Cy” Tompson, Sr., 78, died July 24 surrounded by his family at his Freeport home, following a six-month battle with brain cancer.

Born in Westbrook, a son of John E. and Vyra R. Hamilton Tompson, he graduated from Greely Institute in 1951 and served in the U.S. Air Force as an airline mechanic.

For the past 20 years he operated Back Bay Auto in Portland, where he was a master mechanic well-known for his expertise in foreign auto cars, and employed and mentored many family members.

He married Beverly A. “Bev” Condon of Freeport, and they recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. They enjoyed traveling cross-country in their motor home, entertaining family and friends, and truly enjoyed dancing together.

He was a past master of the Freeport Masonic Lodge No.23, A.F. & A.M. and was a worthy patron of Casco Chapter No. 160, Order of the Eastern Star, for many years.

An active member of the First Parish Congregational Church, UCC, in Freeport, he volunteered in many capacities, and especially enjoyed cooking the beans for the monthly bean supper.

His interests included ice racing, hunting, camping, gardening, cribbage, cards, driving his 2-stroke Saab, watching Red Sox games, and participating in outdoor activities with his children and grandchildren. He was famous for his pancake breakfasts, which he enthusiastically cooked for his children and grandchildren on Sunday mornings.

His brother, David Tompson, predeceased him.

He is survived by his wife, Bev; three daughters, Jewell Woerter and husband Dale of Bowdoin; Victoria Burtchell and husband Kenneth of Ellsworth, Lorna Spargo and husband Glenn of Brookline, N.H., and two sons, Charles Tompson, Jr., and wife Joni of Freeport, and Paul Pinkham and wife Caroline of Gorham; 11  grandchildren, Bethany Johnson, William Woerter, Jacob Burtchell, Haley Carmichael, David Burtchell, Kimberly and Samantha Spargo, Hunter and Bridget Tompson, Andrew and Alex Pinkham; three great-grandchildren, Justyn and Sydney Johnson, and Lauren Burtchell; a brother, William Tompson and wife, Cindy of North Yarmouth, and four sisters, Joan Labbe of Westbrook, Phyllis Rhude of Ohio, Carol Black and husband George of North Yarmouth, and Lin Murphy of North Yarmouth.

Memorial services were held last weekend.  

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of his life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with his family.

Memorial donations may be made to the CHANS/Hospice, 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011; American Cancer Society, NE Division, Inc., 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086; or Shriners Hospital International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

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