The passing of a friend


Dear Friends,

It is with immense sadness that I share with you news of the untimely passing of Tyrell Thompson ’06. He died playing the game he loved and the game we loved to watch him play, collapsing during a pick-up match, unable to be resuscitated. He was 23.

Tyrell was a prominent member of a highly-touted Gaels basketball team that won the State and Federation championships in 2004, as well as three consecutive Regional and Sectional titles between 2004-2006. He would go on to play for the U.S. Military Academy and continued to compete for the All-Army team. At the time of his death, he had achieved the rank of First Lieutenant and was stationed at Fort Lee in Virginia.

Tyrell represented the very best of Kennedy Catholic, exhibiting Courage and Compassion on and off the court, and certainly in his service to our country. My director of alumni and public relations, Alex Malecki, told me that one of his very first assignments after arriving at Kennedy was to follow our varsity boys up to Glens Falls for the state tournament and watch such talents as Tyrell. Many a Gael can undoubtedly share similar memories.

Our hearts go out to the Thompson Family, as well as Tyrell’s wife, Michelle Smyth ’06. On Friday, Sept. 7, we will begin the new school year by offering up our Mass of the Holy Spirit for Tyrell and his family. For those wishing to share their memories of Tyrell, the arrangements are as follows:

Arrangements for Tyrell Thompson ’06

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 5 – 8 p.m.
William F. Hogan Funeral Home
135 Main St., Highland Falls, N.Y.
(845) 446-2868

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m.
Old Cadet Chapel
122B Washington Road, West Point, N.Y.
(845) 938-2504

We are being told that parking is limited near the Chapel, so please proceed approximately 500 yards past it to another lot behind the cemetery and walk through to the Chapel.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 2 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support of the Thompson Family during this most difficult time.

With Courage & Compassion,
The Rev. Mark G. Vaillancourt, Ph.D.




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