- March 11, 1929 - December 2, 2016
of Elbert's Passing
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“Gabriel finally has someone worthy of accompanying him. Our "village" will miss him terribly. Becky
1 of 11 | Posted by: Becky Hopkins - Candia, NH
“Aloha Edie,I was very sorry to hear about Bert's passing. He was a wonderful man who had a major impact on me as well as on LUK! Cris and I will...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Punky Pletan-Cross - Kailua, HI
“Dear Tompkins Family, so sorry to learn of the loss of Bert. He was such a great guy and I feel blessed to have known him. The Harrington's have...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: A friend
“Though our grateful nation mourns with you in your loss, we can only feel a small part of the loss you are experiencing.Your loved one will always be...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: A Grateful American
“My condolences to your entire family. I have fond memories of Bert entertaining us on the drums during Bev's slumber parties and I am forever...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Beth Theriault - Albany, CA
“All week I have had images of dear Bert playing his drums with the Christmas Angels.....in his glory!Fervent prayers that his loved ones will find...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Sally Waite - Templeton, MA
“My deepest condolences, Edie, on Bert's passing. May God grant Bert eternal rest. May our God grant you and yours, Edie, the peace and solace to walk...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Fr. Paul Ring - East Bridgewater, MA
“So very sorry for such a loss. Our thoughts and prayers to you all.
8 of 11 | Posted by: Denise Cedrone Andrews - GA
“A wonderful man who will be sorely missed by all. My thoughts and prayers to Edie and the whole Tompkins family during this difficult time. God...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Carol Zaiatz - Groton, MA
“I was sad to hear about Bert passing on. I know this will be a hard time for you and I am sending you my love. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
10 of 11 | Posted by: Sandy Jones - Red Bank, NJ
“I was so sad to hear of Bert's passing, please accept my sincere condolences. I don't think I've ever known a human being more loving and kind than...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: gail gelep - weymouth, MA
Dr. Elbert L. Tompkins, III
Elbert “Bert” Tompkins of Groton, MA passed away peacefully on December 2, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family following a long illness. Bert was born March 11, 1929 in Germantown, PA. He was a graduate of Westchester State University, PA where he majored in music, and Columbia University where he earned his doctorate in Industrial Psychology. Bert was a Musician-First Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, taught at the Naval School of Music, and played at the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Professionally, Bert was an international management consultant and professor at Fitchburg State University.
As an active member of his community, Bert served as: Board member of Luk Crisis Center in Fitchburg, MA; President and Director of Groton Center for the Arts (now Arts Nashoba); past President and active Board member of Fort Devens Museum; member and past President of Groton-Pepperell Rotary Club; and member of Groton Council on Aging. Bert was also a communicant, deacon, and choir member of the Union Congregational Church of Groton, MA.
Bert proudly played drums in Groton’s annual Memorial Day parade, as well as community bands in the surrounding towns of Ashby, Townsend, Leominster, and Fitchburg. Bert was an avid reader, student of Egyptology, and ballet enthusiast. He had a love for animals and a deep appreciation of nature. His other interests included camping and traveling.
Bert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edith S. Tompkins, his children Geoffrey T. Tompkins and wife Kimberly Eckert-Tompkins of Groton, MA, Brian B. Tompkins and wife Tamra K. Tompkins of Red Bank, NJ, Cynthia L. McGuire and husband Joseph W. McGuire of Mason, NH, and Beverly M. Tompkins and husband Smith E. Anthony of Beverly, MA. Bert is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Thomas M. and Daniel J. McGuire, Brittany A. Tompkins, and Douglas W., Phillip G., Andrew E., and Patrick B. Tompkins.
Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Tuesday, December 6, 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at BADGER FUNERAL HOME, 45 School Street, GROTON, MA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 17 at 2 pm at Union Congregational Church, 218 Main Street, Groton, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Luk Crisis Center, 545 Westminster Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420, Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road #305, Devens, MA 01434, the Memorial Gift Fund of the Union Congregation Church, 220 Main Street, Groton, MA, or Arts Nashoba, P.O. Box 716, Groton, MA 01450.