Edward J. Thompson, 75, passed away peacefully on Jan. 20 with his family by his side. Ed was an active, lifelong member of the Hopkinton/Milford community. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sue, his three boys, Jim, Scott and Mark, and his five treasured grandchildren, Andrew, Nathan, Cody, Christopher and Carter.
Ed was drawn to radio since childhood. After attending Hopedale High School, he went on to study communication at Clark University in Boston. A self-starter from the beginning, he worked his way through college and quickly became a prominent voice in Milford as the news director for WMRC Radio for almost 50 years. He was famous for his deep and reassuring voice, his gift for asking challenging questions, and the joyous way he lit up a room. As one of Middlesex County’s most identifiable voices, Ed was an important piece of local news and culture. He is remembered for his natural instinct for journalism and always following the story. He was a trailblazer in the field of radio journalism and worked tirelessly to cover important local issues and seek out interviews with relevant community members.
Despite health challenges, Ed remained active in his community throughout his life. In addition to his career as a broadcast journalist, he volunteered much of his time with the church.
Always one to live life to the fullest, Ed made many wonderful memories traveling. Some of the biggest highlights were the many family trips to Punta Cana, “the best place on earth,” according to Ed.
Ed’s passion was being behind the radio microphone, but his true happy place was in his lifelong Hopkinton home with his wife, Sue, and cherished cat, Sophie.
Details for a celebration of his life are still to come.
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