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Longtime Furuno executive dies

Industry veteran and longtime Furuno executive Roy Thompson, 68, died recently of lung cancer.

Upon graduating from electronics school in the U.S. Navy, Thompson started working for Raytheon Marine Co. Years later, he worked for ITT Decca and in 1980 was part owner of Dolphin Electronics, which represented Furuno.

In 1984, Furuno USA determined that the company needed direct sales staff, and Thompson was appointed regional sales manager of the Southern New England and New York region.

In 1989, Thompson was promoted to marketing manager of Furuno and was transferred to company headquarters in San Francisco. In 1997, Furuno USA relocated to Camas, Wash., where Thompson remained marketing manager. In 2000, he took on the management of Furuno USA's Special Products and Fisheries Department.

In January 2007, after 23 years with Furuno USA, Thompson had to retire because of his illness.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel, of 35 years; daughters Linda, Eileen and Audrey; son Christian; and granddaughter Katherine.

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