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Harrison Thompson Jr., labor law specialist

Harrison C. Thompson Jr., a labor law specialist who was a senior partner in the Tampa law firm of Thompson, Sizemore and Gonzales, died Monday at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. He was 68.

He was born in Daytona Beach and came to Belleair in 1972.

In the 1950s Mr. Thompson worked in labor law for the federal government and opened the first National Labor Relations Board office in Tampa in the late 1950s. From 1960 to 1982 he was a partner in the Tampa law firm of Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings and Evans.

"He represented clients all over the eastern U.S., clients that ranged from hospitals to manufacturing concerns, Lockheed, the city of Clearwater and the city of Tampa," said Tom Gonzalez, his law partner. "He was very much a pioneer (in labor law)."

He was a former chairman of the Labor Law Committee of the Florida Bar Association.

He graduated from Stetson University and earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1949, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi law fraternity.

He was an Army veteran and a member of the First United Methodist Church, Clearwater. He was a lifeguard with the Daytona Beach Life Service Corp. and a life member of the Halifax River Yacht Club.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy; three sons, Joseph A. "Jody," West Bloomfield, Mich., James D. "Jamey" Hodgson, Hernando Beach, and Harrison C. "Trey" III, Belleair; three daughters, Suzanne Ferrell and Bettina Rosevelt, both of Tampa, and Lisa Ann Swanson, Clearwater; two sisters, Anita Trumbower, Orlando, and Mary Jeter, Columbus, Ga.; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or the Morton Plant Hospital Foundation, Clearwater.

Hubbell Funeral Home, Belleair Bluffs, is in charge.

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