Jay Scott Thompson, a Baltimore businessman and former food broker, died May 29 of throat cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 54.
Mr. Thompson was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood and the Thornleigh section of Riderwood.
After graduating from Boys' Latin School in 1974, he attended Roanoke College and the University of Maryland, College Park.
During his college years, he went to work for the family business, W.H. Bryan Co., delivering food ingredients to local businesses. He later advanced to a sales position and his territory extended from Virginia to New York.
He later worked for the Frank A. Serio Co. and as an independent food broker. He then started his own business, J.S.T. Enterprises, which sold advertising and marketing specialties to the printing industry.
Mr. Thompson, who lived in Rodgers Forge, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2000. After surgery and radiation, he remained cancer-free until 2011 when the cancer reappeared in his larynx.
Mr. Thompson was a dog lover and enjoyed collecting antiques. He was a member of the Towson Elks and was a Mason.
He attended Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium.
He was a member of Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 18.
Surviving are a son, Jay Scott Thompson Jr. of Ocean Pines; three daughters, Leigh Anne Thompson of Westminster, Cori Rose Thompson of Ocean Pines and Toni Phillips of Los Angeles; and a grandson. Marriages to the former Robin Campo and Karen Cosslin ended in divorce.