TBF Thompson has died at the age of 93. He was well known within the NI business community for running a very successful agricultural machinery and commercial vehicles business. He was also widely known and respected in religious circles for his very extensive and generous involvement in Christian charities. I well remember assorted trips to the TBF Thompson Ministries building in Garvagh. I never met the man but he does seem to have been spoken of highly by practically anyone who had any dealings with him.
I will reproduce Dr. Harry Allen’s tribute to him (from the Newsletter) below the fold:
“TBF was born in Garvagh in 1915 and spent his whole life in the village of which he was very proud. He was a successful businessman and contributed much to the community through his generous Christian spirit.
In recent years, having retired from business he concentrated his time and energy on the work of the trusts which he set up with his first wife Kathleen some 28 years ago and developed further into TBF Thompson Ministries.
Dr Thompson was a deeply committed Christian whose desire was to help others where possible and to share Christ’s love with all he met.
His passing has been met with sadness throughout the whole community.”