Roy Thompson

Roy ThompsonRoy Thompson passed away on June 2, 2023 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. His education began in a one-room schoolhouse and led eventually to Yale, where he played offensive guard.

During the Vietnam war he served as an engineering officer on the Destroyer USS Charles H. Rohn. In 1972 he married Pamela Sibley and moved to Houlton, Maine, where he became a partner in the law firm Forrest Barnes.

Throughout over 40 years of trial work in state and federal courts, he served as mentor, trusted colleague and wise counselor to many attorneys over the years. At a time when women lawyers were second-class citizens in the legal profession, Roy took time to make everyone feel included and valued.

After retirement he relocated to the Portland area, where he met and married Susan Adams. It was a mixed marriage: She rooted for Michigan; he rooted for Yale. But their home always had a Michigan flag flying in front.

He was a passionate reader and loved a lively discussion about politics. He will be remembered for his sharp intellect, his strong moral compass, and his sense of humor.

“Sad news indeed,” says David Boillot. “Roy was an incredibly upbeat person, with that famous smile at all times. An easy-going roommate, fraternity brother, and partner in crime on a few infamous road trips (the details of which might not be appropriate for publication). I hadn’t heard of his illness, but it is a terrible one.”

“Roy was my teammate, self-effacing and quick to laugh,” adds Jim Saxon. “Like most of us, he had to adapt to a much higher standard of competition than expected, but he gave his all at practice and made the starters better by always hitting hard. He was a good guy.”