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Obituaries Robert D. Thompson Jr., prominent jurist Robert Dodd Thompson Jr., of Rehoboth Beach, and Fort Myers, Fla., died suddenly on Saturday, April 5 at his home in Fort Myers. He was the only son of Robert and Minnie Thompson, longtime natives of the Lewes-Rehoboth area. His paternal grandfather was Rehoboth's first mayor, and his father was also the mayor in the 1950s. In 1942 he graduated from Lewes High School and in 1943 he joined the Navy where he served for more than three years. Following his Navy career, he attended the University of Maryland from THOMPSON where he received his B.A. in 1951. In 1953 he received his LLB from the University School of Law, University of Maryland. He spent five years in private law practice in Georgetown, before being appointed associate judge of the Family Court of Kent and Sussex County. In 1974 he was appointed chief judge of the statewide Family Court for the state of Delaware. When he retired as chief judge in 1992 he again went back to private practice. In 1997 he left his private practice. This terminated a 40-year career in the pursuit of justice, Many honors and accomplish- merits were his during that span of time especially in the field of juvenile delinquency and domes- tic relations. He served as presi- dent of Eastern Regional Conferences and was a life mem- ber. He was innovative in estab- lishing the first set of comprehen- sive rules for the Family Court. He also developed a night court and satellite court to accommo- date clients and he was instrumen- tal in the use of arbitration to dis- pose of minor delinquency cases. He was also quite skillful in the physical side of the court system. During his tenure he originated the construction and design of the new family courthouses for New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. In 1986 he was the recipient of the Franklin N. Flaschner Award, which is the highest honor granted annually by the American Bar Association National Conference of Special Court Judges, to the most outstanding judge in the court of special jurisdiction for contributions to the administra- tion of justice at a local, state or national level. "Buzz," as his friends knew him, considered his award in 2007 to be among his most special hon- ors as he was inducted into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame. All his life he had been interested in sports and he had been an active participant during his high school years. This min of many talents and many facets was a great family man. His greatest pleasure was to gather his friends and family around him. He gave of himself and his talents to so many. The lives of so many untold numbers have been enriched by his gener- ous nature. Survivors are his wife Shirley Y. Thompson; daughter, Shelley Brocklehurst of Dover; son, Robert D. Thompson III and his wife Susan of Millsboro; grand- children, Edward "Eddie" Brocklehurst Jr., Robert Dodd Thompson IV, and Jessica, Josh and Allison Larsen; his nephew, George Schmalhofer; and his aunt, Ann Walls McCool. The funeral service will be held CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 at 1 p.m., Friday, April 11, at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Long Neck Road in Millsboro, where friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Burial will be in Conley's Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Ronald McDonald House of Delaware, 1901 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803; or Children's Beach House, 1800 Bay Ave, Lewes, DE 19958. Vincent J. Bonner Sr., CSX systems analyst Vincent J. Bonner St., 88, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, after a fall at home. He was born in Wilmington on Dec. 21, 1919, to Anna Elizabeth and John Bonner. Vincent was educated at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Wayne State University. He was an avid reader from his early youth and was an excellent math- ematician. He retired as a systems analyst from CSX in 1985. During his 40 years at CSX, the family moved often - Richmond, Va.; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Huntington, W.V.; and finally, Baltimore, Md. Vincent enlisted in the Army during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. Vincent and Jeannette were married April 12, 1980, and moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1993 to care for his mother Anna Grindle, who passed away in 1994. He and Jeannette spent many happy years being together and traveling with friends. He will be missed by all who knew him and cared for him. Special thanks go to his wonderful caregivers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Belle Simmons Bonner; his IEpworth UlqC Aprll SeMces We've Moved and We're Waiting for You! Come experience the fes of joy, love, and belonging at Epworth's Sunday services. We at 19285 Holland Glade Rd. just off Rt. 1 south of the Outlets. There is lots of room inside, comfortable seating, and free handicapped accessible parking Services for Sunday, April 13th 8.00 a.m. & 11:00 am. Traditional Service 9:30  Contemporary ce with Praise Team At EpwortlL we believe in welcoming everyone through "Open Hearts...Open Minds...& Open Doors" Epworth's  may be new and different but our values remain the same Vision: "Grerwing as Christian Community in Service to the Rehoboth Area" Mission: UReaching Out, Celebrating, and Living the Love of Christ in God's World" daughter, Mary Alice; and son, Mark Allen Bonner. He leaves behind his loving wife, Jeannette; his dearly loved children, Anna, Vincent John Jr., James, and Jane; stepchildren, Mark and Karen Laschinsky; and his grandchil- dren, Angela, Mark Bonner-Kehn, William, James (Jamie), and Vincent Kira Laschinsky and Paul Dodgen, who will miss his love and quick sense of humor. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Dove and Pat Dolphin; his cousin, Anthony Ferrara; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at noon, Saturday, April 12, at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Long Neck Road in Millsboro, where friends may call Monday, April 14, 2008 - 85 after 11 a.m. Burial will be in Millsboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Vincent's memory to Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971; or Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way', Milford, DE 19963. Margot 1. Vanca, retired secretary Margot I. Vanca, 78, of Lewes, died Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Atlantic Shores Nursing Home in Millsboro. Mrs. Vanca was born in Newark, N.J., on Nov, 17, 1929. She had been employed as a secretary for the construction Continued on page 86 5th Dinner Season! Mediterranean Caf a Dinner is Back! Serving Dinner Thursday - Sunday 3 Course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu $22 Tapas Happy Hour Returns Friday, April 11 Paella Thursday Returns in May Mini-wiches or Mini-salad & Cup of Soup Combos $6 Available from 11am until 3:30pm Caf00 Azafran is open doily at 7am. 109 Market Street, Lewes 302-644-4446 www. CafeAzafra n. com