Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

HOULTON – Victor J. Thompson, 97, died May 26, 2007, at a local health care facility. He was born March 6, 1910, in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of Dr. R.G. and Mary J. (Starkey) Thompson. During his teen aged years, Vic moved to Presque Isle to work at the Bean Buick Dealership. That is where he met his future wife, Gwendolyn De-Witt, who predeceased him in 1998, after 63 years of marital harmony. In 1933, he moved to Houlton to oversee the Bean dealership located there. In the late 1930s, he acquired ownership of the dealership and remained owner for more than 50 years, until his retirement. During his tenure, he incorporated the business, and after which, Alvin Butler; his son, Kenneth and Victor Duplichen came on board as partners/ stockholders. When Vic retired, the dealership became known as Butler Motors. Vic and Gwen survived their early years together, during the Depression and the years following, by living modestly, with Vic sometimes holding two jobs and Gwen contributing in various ways, from doing laundry for others and teaching. Vic joined the Houlton Rotary in 1936, served as a director of the Houlton Merchants Association, was a member of the Houlton Town Budget Committee in the 1940s and was a member of the National Bank Dealer Council of the Boston zone. Those who knew him will remember Vic for a variety of reasons, among them being possessed of intelligence far beyond his meager grade sch-ool education; a loving husband and father; a cribbage player, who depending upon circumstances, could whine as loud as he could brag, a sartorial phenomenon, who wouldn’t leave home without a neck tie and a wannabe curmudgeon, who couldn’t quite make it because he liked people too well. Vic is survived by his son, Peter Thompson of Auburn; a granddaughter, Ilse Driggs; and a great-grandson, Arlo Driggs, both of Portland, Ore.; two brothers, Vaughn and “Jimmer” Thompson, both of New Brunswick, Canada; several nieces and nephews, with whom he was very close. The family extends its sincere thanks to those who showed so much kindness to Vic during his last years and months, including all the caregivers at Madigan Estates; his niece, Jackie Henderson; nephew, John Thompson and his wife, Lois; Ken and Vera Butler, Jeanette and Ed Levasseur, Burt Suitter, John McGary, Fay Stilphen, Bill and Julie Webber and others too numerous to name. At Vic’s request, there will be no visiting hours or service. Gifts may be made in Vic’s memory to the Cary Library or Houlton Health Service Foundation, care of Dunn Funeral Home, 11 Park St., Houlton, ME 04730.

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