Robert Rhys Thompson

Robert Rhys Thompson, known by friends and family as Rhys, passed away on January 12, 2018 in Arlington, VA at the age of 20. Born in London, England, he lived most of his life in Richardson, TX. Rhys was loved by many people – especially his mother Michelle, his father Bob, and his sister Travis. From a very young age, Rhys was known for his outgoing personality and stubborn individualism. Rhys pursued a long list of unique, special interests – including Kung Fu/martial arts, piano, baseball, video games, Magic the Gathering, and Asian pop culture. He picked up skills and mastered them with uncanny ease. He was never one for the conventional. He threw a nasty slider from a weird windup, was the best once-a-year ping pong player ever, and routinely expounded on a variety of obscure subjects. He devoured Japanese anime, and loved to explain the arcane details of trading card games to his beloved grandmothers, Grammy and Nana. Everyone who crossed his path loved him. Everyone will miss him. For years Rhys fought mental health and addiction issues, but the pain that he faced is over. The spirit he possessed lives on, carried forever by those lucky folks who spent time with him.


21 Responses to Robert Rhys Thompson

  1. Grammy says:

    Beautifully written for our well loved child.

  2. Binky and Mark Ragon says:

    We are heart broken for your loss. Lifting you all up in prayer You are loved

  3. Earl Nesbitt says:

    RIP Rhys. You will be missed and will never be forgotten. I had the pleasure of knowing you and seeing you grow up a bit. I loved watching how much you loved life and your family and how much you were/are loved by them. We will continue to love and support the entire Thompson family as they grieve your loss and honor your life.

    Bob, Michelle, and Travis — we are here for you. Love and support will be in endless supply for the three of you and the entire Thompson family.

    Kim, Earl, Andrew, and Sarah Nesbitt.

  4. Debbie rosen says:

    I am heart broken for your loss; please know this touches me very close to home. You are in my prayers and thoughts and loved dearly! May your memories and deep abiding love bring you comfort during this extremely difficult time. While I did not know Rhys, I know he was an amazing individual and touched the hearts of many.

    Debbie Rosen

  5. RW says:

    My prayers and condolences to you and your family Bob.

  6. Duane and Kristi West says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May the God who comforts those who mourn give you strength. Just know that we are thinking about you and praying for comfort for you and your family.

  7. Sherri L Long says:

    We are thinking of you & lifting your family up in prayer. God will provide you the strength & courage during this time. All our love, Jerry & Sherri

  8. Mari Cossaboom and Richard Sinert says:

    Condolences to Michelle, Bob and Travis on the loss of your beloved Rhys. We are keeping you all in our hearts and hoping you can find strength in each other.

  9. Claire Burns says:

    Dear sweet Rhys, such a terrible loss. Michelle and Bob, my heart aches for you. I have so many precious memories of Rhys especially from Aldridge. I can still see him and Lauren playing Pokemon. He always had the best manners when he was over. He even gave Robby his old skate board. I cannot imagine your pain and have no words to express the sadness I feel. I pray for your family to God to take this burden from you.
    With love and sympathy,
    Claire Burns

  10. Emily Grant says:

    Rhys,
    I was blessed to be your friend since 7th grade choir. Everytime I was with you, you greeted me with the warmest hugs and a big smile. You were such a joy to be around. I will miss you my dear friend. Philippians 1:3 “I thank my God everytime I think of you.”

  11. Judith G. Benter says:

    I feel your pain. My deepest and most sincere condolences to you Michelle, Bobby and beautiful Travis.

  12. John and Dede Shelton says:

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers tonight. Dwell on the memories of the great times you had together.
    Growing up with you, Bobby, Scott, and Tori were times not to be forgotten. Wish we could be there at this tough time.

  13. Cathy Dailey says:

    My heart is so heavy for you, Michelle and Travis. I pray that precious memories will carry you through the upcoming days. I also pray that Rhys is at peace, and that God will give your family the peace that surpasses all understanding. We love you.

  14. Sue White says:

    My heart and prayers are with you.
    Love,
    Sue

  15. Linda Reed says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Michelle, Bob, Travis and Gail! It was so sad to hear of his passing and my heart hurts for you. It looks like you have many great memories of him to help you through this time. I only met him the day of Goody’s funeral and he was such a sweet boy, talking about his Grandpa. Gail had some fun stories from when he stayed with her so I always felt like I knew him. May all the thoughts and prayers give you some comfort.

  16. Clara p Carneiro says:

    Michelle, Bob and Travis, my thoughts and prayers are with you! Love this picture of Rhys! I ran into him randomly at Tom Thumb last year… and as Bob so beautifully writes, it was was such a joy to know him and be around him; the perfect blend of looks and charm of his parents! Rest in Peace dear Rhys!!❤

  17. Ben Heiting says:

    Rhys was best friend when we went to high school. If it wasn’t for his friendly and outgoing nature I would never have left my house. I looked up to Rhys, he wasn’t perfect, but he lived everyday to its fullest. I try everyday to live my life with the same zeal and passion that Rhys did. I loved Rhys as a brother, and will miss him dearly.

  18. Suzanne, Jackson, and Scott Richardson says:

    Michelle, Bob, Travis – We love Rhys. We are so grateful to have known him. His imprint resides here in our home and in our hearts.

    There were many instances of spaghetti dinners, board games, piano playing, Pokeman, Yugioh, Star Wars Attacktix, Rubik’s Cube, street baseball, scooter riding … Laughter.

    There were even philosophical conversations. Suz was always amazed at the ease with which Rhys shared his thoughts and could speak to highly conceptual ideas as an adolescent. He wasn’t afraid to think outside the lines.

    Rhys was a wonderful friend and encourager for Jackson. After one particular bedroom “refresh” Jackson wasn’t very happy with the outcome. Rhys came over, took a look, and gave his stamp of approval. Jackson was all right with it then. It saved us a lot more painting. Thank you Rhys!

    Rhys also blazed downhill on his scooter with regularity. Jackson said he was too afraid to go that fast. In time, however, Jackson said he built the courage to do it. Rhys set the template for attaining top scooter speed on Ridgebriar Dr.

    I was impressed with Rhys’s ability to solve the Rubik’s Cube. He was always so curious. He picked up a cube in the house one day and showed up a few days later with it solved. Many who set out to solve it take weeks or months. Rhys took only a few short days and shortly thereafter his solves were measured in seconds.

    Rhys made us happy when he was with us. Michelle, Bob, thank you so much for shaping Rhys and letting him be a part of our lives.

    “To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” Thank you for making us all breathe easier Rhys. We love you, and you will always be with us.

    Michelle, Bob, Travis, all of our love, thoughts, and support are with you.

    … Suzanne, Jackson, and Scott

  19. Roger Burns says:

    Bob & Michelle – I echo everything Claire said. Rhys was a very sweet boy. We always enjoyed having him over. God bless you all during this unimaginably difficult time. Be at Peace Rhys.

  20. Jenni Thompson says:

    My heart is breaking for you all, cannot stop thinking of you guys! PleSe know we are sending our love and thoughts!
    Love you all!!
    Donny and Jenni Thompson

  21. Liz Ridling says:

    My son Michael was friends with Rhys beginning at Aldridge. I am so sorry for your loss and can’t imagine your pain. Please know our family will keep all of you in our prayers. May your sweet memories of Rhys give you comfort.

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