Paul F. Thompson

Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | August 07, 2023

Paul F. Thompson, age 88, of North Huntingdon, died Friday, August 4, 2023, at home.  Born August 20, 1934, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Frederick and Violet (Bailie) Thompson and husband of the late Janet A. Thompson.  Paul worked at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory for 41 years.  He was one of the pioneering technicians in the field of US Navy nuclear submarine propulsion during the cold war and contributed to the development and implementation of the first successful nuclear power plant in the USS Nautilus.  He was a metallurgical technician for decades and completed his Bettis service in a lead technician role as the plant glassblower.  After his retirement, he continued to work for Bettis as a private contractor, escorting uncleared construction personnel for another 12 years for a total of 53 years of service at Bettis.  He was an avid hunter and sportsman and enjoyed hunting in Marienville, Allegheny National Forest, family property in Portersville, and fishing trips to Canada.  Paul was a lifetime member of the Cavittsville Gun Club.  In his younger years, Paul had an affinity for convertible-topped automobiles.  His firm temper and clever wit gained him the respect and admiration of many.  He will be sorely missed by all whose lives "Big Red" touched.

Paul is survived by children, Douglas Thompson and Anne (Andrew) Dunmire; grandchildren, Hannah (Rick) Harbaugh and Calvin (Katy) Dunmire.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was also preceded in death by sisters, Gloria Stenson and Caroline Thompson.  Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Saturday, August 12, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. until the memorial service at 12:30 p.m.  Pastor Dana Opp will officiate.  Condolences and memories may be shared at  Chris Odasso, Supervisor.

Originally published August 07, 2023.

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