Bernardo “Dino” N. Thompson III, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at his residence in Fairfield, California, at the age of 61.
Dino was born on January 22, 1951, in Washington, DC, to the late Bernard N. Thompson Jr., of Virginia and Manuela DeLeon of Puerto Rico. He attended Hampton University where he was an active member of Ogre Phi Ogre fraternity and later joined the Air Force which brought him to California. Dino was honorably discharged in 1977.
On August 4, 1984, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Joyce. Dino was blessed with daughters Chynna Bell and Taylor Thompson and son, Bernard “Bambino” Thompson IV. Dino’s titles and careers included: Crew Supervisor, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor, Rehabilitation/Intervention Specialist, Transportation Engineer and Community Resources Commissioner for the City of Fairfield, a position he held when appointed by former Mayor Chuck Hammond.
Dino never stopped cheering for the Washington Redskins and enjoyed playing and/or coaching football, softball, baseball, basketball, boxing, golfing, dominoes, cards, fishing, billiards, tennis, ping-pong, swimming and diving, dancing, listening to ‘old school’, hip hop, classical music, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and singing. Dino also loved animals, particularly dogs.
He was devoted to and a member of Christian Body Life Fellowship Church, where Pastor Willie Graham shares that Dino was faithful and living holy. Pastor Graham was also very proud to have him as the Director of the Men’s Chorus. On Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, it was no surprise to find Dino serving meals to those less fortunate.
Dino is survived by his loving children, Chynna Bell and son-in-law Frank Cadiz Jr., Bambino and Taylor Thompson; Joyce Thompson; sister, Cecelia Margarita Johnson; brother, Juan Manual Thompson and his late brother Jose Miguel Thompson; two granddaughters, Bella Thompson and Maia Cadiz; 13 nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St. Fairfield, CA., on Friday, September 21, 2012; at 10 a.m. in Fairfield. Interment will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery located in Dixon, California. Bryan-Braker Funeral Home 707-425-4697 or www.bryanbraker.com.