Burnett C. “Speed” Thompson

September 30, 1923 - July 2, 2014

Age 90, of Castile, passed away peacefully at his home on July 2, 2014.

He was born September 30, 1923 in Perry, NY, son of the late Clair and Maude Knox Thompson. Speed was a proud veteran of the US Navy having served in both the Pacific and European theaters of action during World War II. Following his service to his country, Speed worked on the construction of the Mt. Morris Dam in Letchworth State Park. He also owned and operated the Main Grill in Perry for several years. He was employed for 33 years as a park police officer for the New York State Park Police in Letchworth State Park prior to his retirement in 1988. Speed was also a part of the New York State response team during the Attica prison riot in 1971.

He was a member of the Wallace-Jeffers Post American Legion in Castile and was an avid New York Yankees fan. Spending time with his family was his greatest joy in life.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Irene Rynkowski Thompson whom he married on August 15, 1953; his daughters, Terry (Alan) Guilford of LeRoy and Tammy (Ray ?Beaver?) Coveny of Castile; his grandchildren, Shawn (Cortney Rowley) Coveny of Hunt and Shannon (Chris Loomis) Coveny of Castile; his sister, Joyce (the late Raybert) Brown of Perry; several brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service with military honors will be held Sunday, July 13 at 2 PM at the Harmon-Watson Funeral Home, 35 N. Main St., Castile. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Campaign for the Letchworth State Park Nature Center at

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July 5, 2014 : Memorial service for Burnett C. “Speed” Thompson - 2:30 PM

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Jul 15.19 from Mary Anne Hackemer:

So sorry for your loss.  Thinking of you all at this most difficult time…

Jul 15.19 from Michael & Rosanna Densmore:

Please accept our deepest condolences. We are praying for strength and comfort for all of you at this time.

Jul 15.19 from Bud and Judy Munger:

He wasn’t just a Park Police Officer to us, he was a friend.

Jul 15.19 from John & Betty Rohl:

Thinking of you all

Jul 15.19 from Jan and Bonny Vrooman:

Irene, Sorry to hear Speed passed away.  It was a pleasure working with him.
Jan and Bonny

Jul 15.19 from Tom Breslin:

I have many fond memories of working with Speed at the Park.  Speed performed his duty as a Park Policeman efficiently and was very well repected.