Keith Joel Thompson, 60, of Charleston, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2016, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor, Maine, in the loving attention of his wife, Elaine Thompson. Keith was born in Cape Cod, Mass., on July 16, 1956, the son of Sylvia J. (Bragdon) and Gerald F. Thompson.
He had an adventurous life, starting with his upbringing in an Air Force family, where he resided in many places such as Maine, Puerto Rico and Montana, before returning to Maine, when at age 13 his father passed. He graduated from Brewer High School and attended the University of Maine before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Keith was a proud Veteran. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Charleston Fire Department, and was a devoted member of the West Enfield Church of God.
As an avid outdoorsman, Keith enjoyed fishing, hunting, archery, scuba diving and boating. He also spent many hours metal detecting, rock hounding, and above all else, enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Over the years, Keith mentored many students from the Faith School of Theology and invited them into his family to give them a home away from home. Keith was always willing to lend a helping hand with a smile and had a huge heart full of kindness.
In addition to his parents and parents-in-law, Anita and Dyer Merchant, Keith was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Heidi Thompson. He is survived by his wife, Elaine of Charleston; his two sisters, Deborah Given and husband, William, of California and Tammie Wardwell and her husband, John, of Bangor; and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and friends. Keith will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
A memorial service to celebrate Keith's life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at the West Enfield Church of God, 58 Old County Rd., West Enfield, with Pastor Angelia Fowler officiating. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments immediately following the service. Because of allergies, in lieu of fresh flowers, green plants or silk flowers would be appreciated. For those who wish to make donations, the family requests they be made to the West Enfield Church of God.