R. John Thompson III


August 16th, 1956 - March 6th, 2010


Robert John Thompson III died March 6 in Easton, Maryland.

Born August 16, 1956 in Easton, Maryland, John was employed by North Sails until a boogie board accident crippled him in 2004. He was a graduate of Salisbury University.
A native of the Eastern Shore and an avid sports fan, John was a world class sailor. Even before he could walk, John was sailing the waters of the Chesapeake. He progressed from Penguins to 420s during his years in the Tred Avon Yacht Club Junior Sailing Class. Then John began sailing Stars, the one design boat that his parents had taught him to love. He won many races and championships during his sailing career.
As a sail designer for North Sails, John’s art of designing sails was sought after not only by local racers, but well-known racing campaigns around the world. Notables included the Whitbred Contender, “Chessie”, the Americas Cup yachts around the world, and many other championships here and abroad.

John is survived by his loving family; parents, Robert Thompson of Tallahassee, Florida and Doris Thompson of Easton, Maryland; sister, Nancy Flynn and husband, Terry of League City, Texas; nephew, Colin Flynn; and niece, Samantha Flynn; cousins, Doug Cornelius of Church Hill, MD and wife, Linda; Vaughn Sloan of GA and wife, Donna; Barbara Orth of CA.

Friends may gather at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., in Easton, MD on Friday, March 12 from 4:00 until 6:00 pm. A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Easton on Saturday, March 13 at 2:00 pm.

Memorial donations may be made to the Junior Sailing programs at Miles River Yacht Club, PO Box 158, St. Michaels, MD 21663 and/or Tred Avon Yacht Club, PO Box 337, Oxford, MD 21654.