David George Tompkins

By May 24, 2013 Obituaries


David George Tompkins b. 7/31/40, Co. Durham, England. Son of ‘Ted’ and ‘Madge’ Tompkins. d.5/24/13, Charleston S.C. USA.


A proud Englishman who loved the American Way and chose to make his home here.


Hard work and ambition took him from the coal mines of northern England, via the merchant navy, the oil industry and manufacturing to become Director of Engineering at the Charleston Harbor Resort. He lived and worked in; Alaska, Norway, the Middle East, Africa, New York, the Bahamas, Bermuda and Louisiana.


A student of Churchill he went fishing with US Presidents. A ‘fixer of stuff’ he filed his own patents. He abhorred laziness but was always ready to help others to turn an honest buck.


David was as happy ‘cruising’ in his sport car and eating crab legs, as he was visiting the beach in his Landrover and eating fish and chips.


Dedicated to his family he will continue to be loved always by; wife Erica, daughters Alexis and Heather, grandchildren Kaleigh and Noah David,  his family in England; Alastair, Rachel, George and Peter as well as an extended family of innumerable friends from across the globe and the years.


Above all he loved life and relished a great debate.


Memorial & Visiting: Tuesday  5/28.

Simplicity Lowcountry Crmeation & Burial Services, 7475 Peppermill Parkway,  North Charleston SC 29418


Public visiting 5 – 6 p.m.

Service at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Cancer Society


  • Robert and Suzi Barber says:

    We are so saddened by the loss of our sweet friend. His smile, stories, and delightful spirit will remain with us always. Erica, you and your family are in our thoughts. God bless.
    Robert and Suzi Barber

  • Crystal Rooskens says:

    Oh David, it brings tears to my eyes looking at your sweet face. You are one of the true greats, you’ve always been such an amazing friend, always put everyone else’s needs above your own and always told it like it was. And I love you for that, I will miss that smile more than you know.

  • Wendy Kulscar says:

    I will miss my dear friend David of many years, his wit, his insight and positive outlook He loved Shepherds Pie, fishing contests and stories of his travels around the world. Our family friendship went back almost thirty years. He never forgot his old friend Joe and travelled many miles to say farewell to him.
    David will always be remembered as a very special friend. My family sends love and condolences to Erica and her family. His fishing buddy is waiting for him…
    Love, Wendy and family

  • Brenda Byrd says:

    David, you will forever be in our hearts!! Your gentle soul and kind nature was rare, and will be dearly missed. We love you David. B

  • Mabel VIckers says:

    David I will miss you and you will always be remembered for your witty comments and sparkling smile. My sincere condolences to Erica and his family.Love Mabel.

  • William and Mona McCoy says:

    David you will truly be missed by many people, and what a great angel you’ll make.
    God’s peace and blessings for Erica, the family and every life that you touched.

  • Colette says:

    David, I will cherish the happy memories and precious time I spent with you and Erica during the short time I had the privilege of knowing you. That mischievous twinkle in your eye and your lively banter will never be forgotton! Your memory is an absolute inspiration. Erica, Heather, Alexis, Kaleigh and Noah – and Alastair – you are in my thoughts and prayers – I’m sorry not to be with you in person this evening to celebrate David’s life, but will be in spirit – Much Love, Colette XXX

  • Crystal Rooskens says:

    Dearest Alastair,
    I know Mr. Tompkins is smiling after hearing your eulogy, laughing hysterically more like!! You did a phenomenal job and I must say it’s the best eulogy I’ve ever heard, in fact one of the best biographies I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. We all thank you sincerely, our love to you and the family.

  • Erica says:

    My Love,

    Memories of our lives together will stay with me forever. I will miss your daily question “Did I tell you I LOVE You today?” I will always love you. There will never be anyone like you.