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  • Robert Richard Tompkins

    Robert Richard Tompkins

Robert Richard Tompkins, 71

Aug. 4, 2015

Robert Richard Tompkins

Robert Richard Tompkins

Robert Richard Tomp­kins, 71, of Engle­wood, Fla., passed away Tues­day, Aug. 4, 2015, at his Sara­sota County residence.

Born March 22, 1944, in Grand Rapids, Mich., he served in the US Army. Rich retired from the Sparta Foundry as a mill­wright. He moved to Poly­ne­sian Vil­lage in 2010, com­ing from Bel­mont, Mich., and was known as a friendly and well-liked indi­vid­ual who will be greatly missed by his friends and neighbors.

He was a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Legion Post 113 in Rotonda West and was an avid bowler and golfer. Rich was a com­mu­ni­cant of St. Raphael Catholic Church.

Sur­vivors include his lov­ing wife of 35 years, Eliz­a­beth “Liz” Tomp­kins; two chil­dren; four step-children; 13 grand­chil­dren; five great-grandchildren; five sis­ters and five brothers.

A funeral Mass of Chris­t­ian Bur­ial will be said at 10 a.m. Tues­day, Aug. 11, at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 770 Kil­bourne Ave.

Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Funeral home with Pri­vate Cre­ma­tory has been selected to han­dle arrange­ments.  You may share a mem­ory with the fam­ily at www.englewoodfh.com