Steven “Tonkey” Douglas Thompson Sr., 63, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, with his beloved wife at his side.

Born in Waldoboro April 4, 1954, Steven was the son of John Percy Thompson Sr. and Madeline Alberta Towers. He attended Medomak Valley High School before his two decades of service at the O’Hara Corp. delivering goods and making friends up and down the east coast of Maine and the Canadian provinces. Most notably, he captained the tugboat Seasmoke back and forth from the mainland to his home on Friendship Long Island. In his later years, Steven found great joy and pride in his work as a personal support specialist for Ask … for Home Care of South Thomaston, where he provided compassionate care while singing and telling jokes to his residents.

Steven will be remembered for the love and laughter he brought to the world. As his favorite singer, Hank Williams, once said, “Don’t take life too seriously, because you can’t get out alive anyhow.” His lighthearted, generous spirit touched the lives of all who knew him, and though his prowess at the poker table touched the wallets of most of his friends, he would give the last nickel he owned to anyone in need. Steven’s life made the world a little brighter, a whole lot kinder and infinitely more fun.

Steven is survived by his wife of 14 beautiful years, Kimberly Jean Thompson; his son, Steven D. Thompson Jr., and his wife, Brenda Thompson, of Friendship; his three daughters, Christy Thompson and her husband, Donald Beeton, of Waldoboro, Misty Start of Westminster, Mass., April Start of Warren; his granddaughter, Jessica Sykes-Brunick, and her husband, Chaz Brunick, of Waldoboro; his grandson, Steven D. Thompson III, of Friendship; his two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Jean Brunick and Grayson Charles Brunick, of Waldoboro; his two brothers, John Thompson Jr. of Spruce Head, Henry Thompson Sr. and his wife, Brenda, of Friendship; his sister, Barbara Nystrom, of Friendship; special friend Norma O’Grady of Waldoboro; many loved nieces and nephews; and his pet dogs, Owen and Doby.

He was predeceased by his brothers Arthur "Boy" Thompson, Kenny Thompson; his infant daughter Rebbeca Thompson; special friend J. R. O’Grady; and his pet dogs Ruby, Dexter, Max, Baby, Jesse and Puppy Puddles.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 22, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a celebration of Steven’s life will begin at noon. Pastor Tom Rawley will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Steven D. Thompson may be made to Trekkers Inc., 41 Buttermilk Drive,, Thomaston, ME 04861 or to the ASPCA by visiting To share a memory with the Thompson family, visit their online Book of Memories at