KILMARNOCK—Raymond Edward Thompson, formerly of McLean, died March 2, 2019. His death was brought on by a rapidly growing lung tumor that strained his heart.
He retired from Potomac Electric Power Company in 1993 with 36 years of service. He served as a steward with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Ray was born March 15, 1932, in Washington, D.C., the son of George Emory Thompson and Ruth Myrtle Haislup. His birth mother died when he was an infant and his father remarried Marie Estelle Ryder. His parents predeceased him.
In 1985, Ray purchased a cottage in the Northern Neck.
He served for several years as president of the Atlantic Diving Council, through which he met his wife. Weekends were frequently spent diving together in the Chesapeake Bay.
Ray was an avid saltwater fisherman and he enjoyed black powder deer hunting.
He was a world traveler, visiting nearly 50 countries on six continents. Travels included many methods of transportation including three weeks on a catamaran in Papua New Guinea, a helicopter ride to the Great Barrier Reef, hot air ballooning in Kenya, trains such as the Orient Express and the Blue Train in South Africa, puffer bellies in New Mexico, snow ski planes on the Tasman Glacier (NZ) and water ski planes in Misty Fjords Alaska.
Ray belonged to Foundry Methodist Church in D.C.
He leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Alice Roxana “Ann;” and a brother, Frank of Spring Hill, Fla.
His brother, Ronald of Fairfax, died in 2017.
Ray was buried in Oakwood, Ill., along with other members of his wife’s family.