Tompkins married Cecilia Nichols around the same time he was
appointed to the Fire Department. The 1929 City Directory shows
that he was working for the Fire Department and living at 1769
Norris Street. The 1930 Census shows Leo and Cecilia Tompkins,
their children Mary and Leo J.
Tompkins Jr,, mother-in-law Mary and
brother-in-law Walter Nichols living at 1769
Norris Street. Fire
Department records from 1931 show that Leo Tompkins had moved to
Street in North Camden, not far from Engine Company
where he had been transferred to in August of 1930. On July 1,
1933 Leo Tompkins was assigned to Ladder Company
1, where he
remained until November of 1942.
some point during the 1930s Leo and Cecilia Tompkins moved to
1282 South Merrimac Road in Camden's Fairview neighborhood. Leo
Tompkins would live out his days at this address.
America going to war after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor,
many veterans were recalled to service. Leo J. Tompkins enlisted
in the United States Navy on November 24, 1942 at Philadelphia
and on December 26 reported for duty as Boatswain's Mate 1st
Class aboard the USS PC-1121. In March of 1943 he was promoted to
Chief Boatswain's Mate.
Department records indicate that he had returned from military
service by December of 1944. On December 5 he was assigned to Engine Company
3 at 1813 Broadway.
1947 City Directory shows that Leo Tomkins and his family were
still living at the South Merrimac Road address. Daughter Mary
was working as a clerk at the W.L. Hurley & Co. department
store on Broadway.
J. Tompkins was promoted to Captain on June 14, 1951. On June 16
he was assigned to Ladder Company
2 at 619 Kaighn
Avenue. He was
assigned to the Fire Marshall's office on February 17, 1956 and
served their until April 10, 1961 when he was appointed
Drillmaster at the Department's training facility. On September
1, 1962 he reported for a new task, in Radio Communications with
Bureau, where he served until retiring on pension
January 1, 1964.
Camden resident to the last, Leo Joseph Tompkins Sr. passed away
on July 1, 1976. His wife joined him in July of 1984. His son,
Leo J. Tompkins Jr., had a long career as a Camden police