Bernard N.O. Thompson, Sr., 56, passed away at his home on Nov. 6, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bernard was born in Accra, Ghana on Nov. 8, 1960, to the late Albert Thompson and Margaret Quao.
He had a deep love of learning and excelled in school at a very young age. At the age of 16 he met the woman who would later become his wife. They continued to date as he worked his way through various schools in Ghana. Bernard had a love of traveling and left Ghana in his early twenties to see the world. He lived many places including Nigeria, Germany, and the Netherlands. He came to the United States in 1984. After traveling across the United States, he returned to Ghana in August of 1989 to marry, Priscilla E. Thompson. The two returned to the United States to begin their life together.
Bernard continued his education in the United States and received his B.S. in Accounting & Management Information Systems in 2000. He then passed his CPA exams and began to work in various accounting firms in the D.C. and Northern Virginia area. Bernard returned to school at George Washington University and received his M.S. in Information Systems Technology in 2003. Shortly thereafter, he opened his private accounting practice Thompson & Associates and began doing taxes for local businesses and friends. He began working at Fannie Mae in 2005 until he fell ill. Bernard was an active member in his church working as guest pastor, deacon, and missionary. In his free time he enjoyed refereeing soccer at both the youth and collegiate level.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years Priscilla E. Thompson, his children Bernard Thompson, Jr. and Florence Thompson, and his dog Champ. His brothers Jacob Thompson, Jonathan Thompson, Joseph Brown, and Michael Thompson; his sister Alberta Thompson; his sister-in-laws Esther Chalmers, Matilda Thompson, Evelyn Brown, and Trina Thompson; his nephews Jason Thompson, Stephen Eshun, and Rapheal Brown; his nieces Margaret Thompson, Marilyn Brown, Hilda Thompson, Jacqueline Brown, Jasmyn Thompson, and Stephanie Eshun; his cousin Sheila Wemegah; and a host of other relatives and friends in the United States, England, and Ghana.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. at The Victory House Church 520 E. Main St. Purcellville, VA 20132 (571-287-0560), with a burial service to follow at Hillsboro Cemetery 37125 Charles Town Pike Purcellville, VA 20132.
Arrangements by Lyles Funeral Services, serving Northern Virginia, Eric S. Lyles, Director, Lic MD, VA, DC, 1800-388-1913.