James W. Thompson, 52, account executive, RHS 1978

James W. Thompson, 52, of Danbury died on Friday, May 24, 2013.

James was born in Queens, New York, June 13, 1960, son of the late William H. and Jane E. (DuFlon) Thompson. With his family, he moved to Ridgefield at an early age, attended Ridgefield schools, graduated from Ridgefield High School in the Class of 1978, attended college in Florida, then went on to attended Western Connecticut State University.

James spent his early career in the auto parts industry as manager and owner of several stores.  He then went into the IT consulting business and was most recently employed by KForce of Shelton, CT.

James’ career at KForce progressed over the course of 8 years. He started as an Account Manager where he sold IT consulting solutions to clients throughout Connecticut. While in this role he achieved national top performer status on multiple occasions. In 2012, James took on the Account Executive role.   He partnered with Account Managers to expand their business relationships into other solutions and projects, mentored junior team members and was integral to the growth of the Shelton Connecticut office.

James’ philosophy on life was driven by his study and practice in the art and way of the martial arts, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and others.  His over 20 years of study took him all over the country to study under many great Masters.  His primary place of study was the Temple of I Cheng, Rhinebeck, NY.   While under the direction of close friend and mentor Chung Si William Lapham. James attained the title of Si Bok.

He is survived by two daughters, Jamie Thompson and Samantha Thompson, both of North Salem, NY; longtime girlfriend, Lisa de Burgo of Danbury; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Joseph Fossi of Ridgefield; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Laura Thompson of Sandy Hook, CT; nephews Alex and Brendan Fossi; nieces, Ashley and Courtney Thompson; an uncle, Robert Thompson, and cousin, David Thompson, formerly of Ridgefield; and many other close cousins.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT on Thursday, May 30, from 4:00 to 8:00pm.

A memorial service and celebration of life led by Lama Tashi Topgyal of Temple Kunzang Patchen Ling, Tibetan Buddist Center of Red Hook, NY, will take place at the Ridgefield Community Center Lounsbury House, Main Street Ridgefield, on Friday, May 31, at 2:00 pm.