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Ed Thompson, Local Radio Legend, passes at 76

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Edward J. Thompson, passed away peacefully on Saturday January 20th, 2024 with his family by his side. Ed was an active, lifelong member of the Hopkinton and Milford communities. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sue, his three boys; Jim, Scott, and Mark, and his five treasured grandchildren; Andrew, Nathan, Cody, Christopher, and Carter. Ed made his home in Hopkinton, a community that he loved.

Ed Thompson

Ed was drawn to radio since childhood. After attending Hopedale High School, he went on to study communication at Clark University in Boston. A self-starter from the beginning, he worked his way through college, and quickly became a prominent voice in Milford as the News Director for WMRC Radio (MyFM) for almost 50 years. He was famous for his deep and reassuring voice, his gift for asking challenging questions, and the joyous way he lit up a room. As one of Middlesex county’s most identifiable voices, Ed was an important piece of local news and culture. He is remembered for his natural instinct for journalism and always following the story. He was a trailblazer in the field of radio journalism and worked tirelessly to cover important local issues and seek out interviews with relevant community members. 

Despite health challenges, Ed remained active in his community throughout his life. In addition to his career as a broadcast journalist, he volunteered much of his time with the church. 

Always one to live life to the fullest, Ed made many wonderful memories traveling. Some of the biggest highlights were their many family trips to Punta Cana, “the best place on earth” according to Ed.

Ed’s passion was being behind the radio microphone, but his true happy place was in his life-long Hopkinton home with his wife Sue and cherished cat Sophie.  

Details for a celebration of his life are still to come. 

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  1. Mr Thompson was a good guy. I was fortunate to know him growing up. He was highly respected and a wonderful family man. Jimmy and the rest of his family are in our thoughts.

  2. Growing up in Milford Ed use to be the color man for the American Legion Broadcasts. When I came to Hopkinton I quickly ran into Ed and realized he was part of the Hopkinton community. Always had a smile on his face and a kind word. RIP Ed.

  3. Ed was a great man, friend and neighbor. When I began my local journalism career, and had but a handful of readers, Ed was always encouraging me to move forward. I am forever grateful. The angels await your voice.

  4. Growing up, Ed was like a second father to me. We lived right across the street from each other, and I was very close to Jimmy, Scott, and Mark. The family was kind enough to take me on many of their family vacations. Some of the best memories in my life are with Ed and his family. He will be missed. My parents absolutely adored him.
    RIP Ed.

  5. Having grown up with Ed, I have a history with this gentleman. He grew up in the Lane as I did. This was a neighborhood that for some reason, did not ‘fit in’ with those other parts of town.
    ‘Just sayin’. In our neighborhood we referred to him as Jimmy.
    Ed, or Jimmy many years later gave me my first job in radio. Not only as News Director at the Milford station WMRC, but he was also the Program Director in my time there. I am forever grateful for hiring me and sending me on my way to whatever.
    More importantly, he was the ‘real deal’. You knew what you got with Ed.
    I look forward to a notice regarding the arrangements for his service. I will not forget Ed.
    Jacques LeDuc

  6. Eddie, as we called him, was such a great guy. We spent some years together at Hopkinton High School. I always loved meeting up with him around town all these years. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.
    RIP my friend…🌹

  7. The voice of WMRC for decades. Always had great breaking stories that kept the Milford politicians on their toes. Working the 12-8 shift we looked forward to his breaking news at 6:00 AM. RIP Ed!

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