Dana Lewis Thompson

PORTLAND – Dana Lewis Thompson, also known as “Wally” to many friends lost his courageous battle to a long illness at the age of 71. After visiting with his daughter, Sarah, her partner David Dennis, his cousin, Nancy Thompson and close friends, Steve and Tom Dumais, Dana passed away peacefully at his home in Portland with his partner and fiancée, Cynthia Morey “Cindy” by his side on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

Dana was born in Lewiston at CMMC on Oct. 6, 1949, the only child of the late Nellie Sammons Thompson and the late Lewis W. Thompson Jr. He was the beloved and devoted father of his only child, Sarah J. Thompson of Portsmouth, R.I. and the former husband of Claire Thompson of Auburn, to whom he was married for 19 years.

He was educated in the Lewiston schools, graduating high school in 1967. In his growing years, Dana traveled to Alabama visiting family. He enjoyed fishing, ice skating, and building model airplanes, cars, boats and motorcycles. Having an ear for music, he had some piano training and learned to play a horn in his school band. He also enjoyed tennis, hiking, bowling and was a music lover of most types. Dana was always very fond of animals and was especially fond of cats as well as birds.

After high school, Dana enlisted in the Armed Services and was trained as a surgical assistant spending time in Louisiana and Texas. Upon completing his two required years of service, he received an honorable discharge in 1974.

Dana was later employed by CMP as a lineman for 41 years. Being highly skilled in his field of work, CMP attempted to recruit him from his early retirement to train entry-level linemen.

During his earlier years, he was a sports car and motor cycle enthusiast until fatherhood came about. Dana was overjoyed with becoming a dad and raising his daughter, Sarah. As a family man, he enjoyed vacationing to parts of Canada and the U.S. He especially enjoyed trips to Disney World in Florida and traveling to Hershey Park, Pa. with his daughter, Sarah, and his wife, Claire. Other vacation spots included the Hawaiian Islands, and the Grand Canyon, Ariz.

His love for music and dining adventures, in his later years, led him to meet his partner and fiancée, Cindy, after which time he moved to Portland. He was known for his dry wit and great sense of humor. Dana was especially fond of the blues and many other live music events. As a couple, they frequented a variety of local music venues and festivals and particularly followed a favorite, talented band “Black CAT Road”. They also traveled together enjoying vacations to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Pennsylvania, Ohio. Their other trips included visiting areas of Florida that included Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, The Villages, Bradenton Beach and Sarasota.

Dana is survived by Sarah J. Thompson, his daughter and David Dennis, her partner; by Cynthia Morey, his partner and fiancée; by Claire Thompson, his former wife; by Nancy Thompson, his cousin, and her family; by the family of Edwin Thompson, his late cousin, and his wife Florence; by Ronnie Danner, his cousin and his wife, Ann, and their family; and by the family of Janice Hodgkins, his late cousin, and her husband, Steve.

There will be no funeral service. A memorial service for family and friends will be held in honor of Dana Lewis Thompson and announced at a later time yet to be determined.

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