Orlo Stephen Thompson of Groton; 76 GROTON -- Orlo Stephen Thompson, age 76, of Groton, MA passed away peacefully on October 4, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Barbara Kay (Cullen) Thompson. Born in Boston, MA on August 15, 1940, he was the son of the late Orlo Lewis Thompson and Zilpha (Bellinger) Thompson. Raised and educated in Dalton, MA, Orlo graduated from Dalton High School in 1958. He and Barbara married on October 14, 1961, and settled in Groton shortly after. Orlo worked at the M.I.T. Lincoln Labs at the radar site where they mapped the moon for NASA Astronauts. Before retirement he worked as a Field Technician for Zeiss Medical repairing Ophthalmic Medical Equipment and set up many trade shows. Orlo was an active member of the Cast Iron Seat Collectors Association and collected cast-iron seats from farm implements. During his spare time, he loved restoring them to their original beauty. Orlo and Barbara enjoyed frequent vacations together. They spent many summers in Boothbay Harbor, and took many cruises. They walked on a glacier in the Canadian Rockies, and searched for alligators by airboat in the Florida Everglades. Orlo will be missed dearly by his beloved wife, Barbara and their daughters, Debra Thompson of Groton, MA and her significant other, Thomas Maylin, Shauna Roberts and her husband, Dana of Townsend, MA, and Stephanie Seeley and her husband, Wayne of Clarksville, TN. He is also survived by his brother, Jeffrey Thompson of Pittsfield, MA and his sister, Zilpha Murray of Springfield, MA. He also leaves his grandchildren, Marcus Seeley, Sydney Roberts, and his great-grandson, Bentley Seeley. THOMPSON -- Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Orlo on Tuesday, October 11, from 6 to 8 PM at Badger Funeral Home, 45 School St., Groton, MA. His funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM in the funeral home. Burial services to follow at the Groton Cemetery.
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