Friday, March 25, 2011

Maureen Shapiro Thompson (BHS '66) Passed Away Yesterday

May 6, 2012 UPDATE
A May Day to Remember by Phil Young


It is with a heavy heart we offer our deepest condolences to Maureen's family and loved ones - our prayers and thoughts are with you during this painful time of loss.

Email today from Bob Carter (BHS '66):

The worst of events has occurred. We have lost our dear Maureen.

Keep her in your hearts. See below!

Robert E. Carter

Dearest Family & Friends,

Some of you know that Maureen has been having breathing problems for some time. The Paramedics arrived on March 3rd. and after 5 hours in the ER we made it to the ICU where treatment continued for 2 weeks until we were admitted to Kindred Hospital San Diego, a pulmonary rehab, but after a week with positive responses to anti-fungal drugs, her heart gave out at 7:30 pm.
March 24th

In accordance with Maureen's wishes, there will be no Funeral or Memorial, we will be having a Celebration of her life in the near future. Thank you all for the support you have given me during the past 3 weeks, I know you are there for me.

On Monday, Kevin's birthday, he and I are leaving for Bellingham to be with Adrienne. I expect to be gone for 2 weeks, I will answer all the e mails when I return.



Here is Maureen's Obituary and recent photo

Maureen Helene Thompson

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Issue 13, Volume 15.

Maureen Helene Thompson, age 62, a 40 year Fallbrook resident, prematurely left us the evening of Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in San Diego, suffering cardiac arrest while in intensive care battling a brief respiratory illness.

Maureen was born Oct. 22, 1948 in North Hollywood, Calif. to Maurice Shapiro and Beatrice (Lovelace) Shapiro. A 1966 graduate of Burbank High School, Maureen attended Stanislaus State University in Turlock, Calif.

In 1970, while travelling in Europe, Maureen met the love of her life, Peter Richard Thompson. They were married Nov. 3, 1970 in the parish church of Wickham Bishops, England. The young couple moved to Fallbrook in 1971 and began raising a family, living in England during the mid 1980s only to return to their home in Fallbrook. A loving, devoted and dynamic mother and wife, Maureen graduated from San Marcos State University in 1990 and began a teaching career at Live Oak Elementary School, retiring in 2005.

Fondly cherished and remembered as a nurturing wife, mother, sister and friend, Maureen was an avid gardener and accomplished sailor, passionate reader and Scrabble opponent, an inspiring teacher and joyful musician. We are diminished by the sudden, untimely loss of her effervescent spark, sharp wit and infectious laughter, insatiable curiosity and compassion, her steadfast love and appreciation for all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small and her belief in the essential equality of all people.

Maureen is survived by her husband Peter, son Kevin, daughter Adrienne, sisters Eileen and Francine, nephews Cory, Brady and Andy, and nieces Abigail and Alyssa. A celebration of life event for friends and family will be held at a later date. In honor of Maureen’s life membership in the Fallbrook Arts Center, and support of the Village Association, Fallbrook Land Conservancy and Cesar Chavez book fair, the family encourages any person interested to support these causes and local arts and agriculture in general.


  1. 03/26/11

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Randy Ball -
    Friend of Eileen since elementary School

  2. Maureen had a charismatic effect on all who knew her. Having shared a first grade class with her, and then one more at BHS, I know that she lives on in many hearts.