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Willard “Skip” Tompkins peacefully passed Friday, July 15, 2016, with his loving family at his side at the age of 84.

Born and raised in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., he had been a resident of Gloucester, which he refered to as home, for nearly 25 years. 

Skip is remembered for his compassion, ability to inspire others, and way of telling it how it is; but above all, he will be remembered for his unconditional love for his wife, Barbara of 65 years; his children, Steve, Linda, and Tracy; grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

He courageously volunteered to serve as a rifleman with the Third Infantry division during the Korean War and participated in more than 10 months of combat operations, earning the coveted Combat Infantryman’s badge. 

In order to understand the life of this great man, you must be able to understand the ability to sacrifice daily and endure life’s difficulties without hesitation, for those who you love.

His favorite pastimes included American history, good conversation, watching boats pass off his back deck, gardening, collecting coins, raising his wonderful family, and of course a cold beer. His family and friends will forever mourn their loss, but his legacy will live on for many generations. 

In Skip’s memory, a donation may be made in his name to the Gary Sinise Foundation at

Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point. Family and friends may share condolences and memories at