George Thompas, a police officer for 14 years, a federal officer at the U.S. Mint, a teacher of criminal justice at the Watterson School of Business and Technology and an Army airborne veteran, died April 6 of complications of diabetes. He was 71 and lived in Mount Airy.
"He was very proud of all of his years of service and all that he had learned working the streets of Philadelphia, where he saw many of the difficulties and criminal elements that unfortunately occur in a big city," his family said.
"He would put together programs that were designed to teach various groups about the dangers of drugs, ways to protect one's self, and even a program designed to help current police officers and law-enforcement personnel on how to enhance their skills."
George took FBI training in crisis negotiation and was certified under Pennsylvania Act 235 to teach firearm use and safety.
He helped train about 400 officers to prepare them for the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000.
George was born in Philadelphia, the eldest of the four children of George Henry Thompas Sr. and Ollie Bea Thompas. He grew up in Germantown and graduated from Simon Gratz High School. He earned an associate's degree in 1978 from Community College of Philadelphia.
He enlisted in the Army in 1964 and served with the Rangers' airborne division. While in the Army, he boxed on a team that won a championship. He continued his interest in boxing by teaching youngsters in his neighborhood the sport.
As a police officer, he served on patrol in a number of districts, and as an undercover narcotics officer.
After George retired from the Police Department, he began teaching at the Watterson School, then moved on to federal service. He retired from the U.S. Mint in 2003.
His marriage to Sharon Patton-Thaxton ended in divorce.
Besides his daughter, he is survived by three sons, George III, Orlando and Derek; two other daughters, Rhonda Morton and Tanay Lee; two brothers, William and Kenneth; 21 grandchildren and eight grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday at Heart of Worship Restoration Center, 5317 N. 3rd St.