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Maryland horseman Carl Thompson dies

June 20, 2019
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Maryland horseman Carl E. Thompson passed away Wednesday, June 19, after a lengthy battle with dementia.
 
Mr. Thompson lived his whole life on the farm where he was born and raised. His two passions were his family and his horses. He was known by family and friends as a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
 
His life was racing horses, and until he could no longer physically participate, you could find him at “the barn” working. He owned, trained and/or drove horses from the early 1950s until his death. He also continued to shoe his own racehorses well into his 70s. He loved harness racing and was considered a “trotting man” at the track.
 
It was through racing horses that he met and married Barbara Harter and raised his family. Many of the tracks where Carl raced are no longer in existence, but he would recall and recite stories about the many friends and acquaintances he met along the way. Brandywine Raceway was the track he called home. Carl raced at Brandywine every year from its first race meet to its last.
 
His favorite horses were pacers named Terry Flash and Adam Tide, and trotters named Calyjaba and Jimmy T., all long gone from the memories of today’s sport. His love of racing and family will be carried on by his children and grandchildren.
 
Carl also co-owned and worked at T & T Small Engines with his son Bill. Carl served in the National Guard, was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, past director of the United States Trotting Association, a member of the Standardbred Owners Association, and was a member of Capital Grange #18.
 
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Barbara; daughter Lynn; sons Bill (Terry) and Jim (Carol); grandchildren David, Matthew, Carey, Josh, Rachel, Adam, Carl, Jason and Emil  along with 18 great-grandchildren, brothers Melvin Thompson and Ray Thompson, sister-in-law June Thompson and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 am Monday, June 24, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 522 Main Street, Marydel, MD. Friends may call from 6-8 Sunday evening at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road (Rt.10), Dover. Interment will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
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