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The Stamos and Thompson families are deeply saddened by the passing of Bridget Thompson Stamos MD. Wife, mother, aunt & dearest friend, our sweet Bridgie passed away peacefully on October 14th, 2022, surrounded by love and family. Bridget and her husband, Michael, lived in the beautiful city of Rolling Hills Estates of the Palos Verdes peninsula, since 1995. There they built their dream home in which Bridget could cultivate her exquisite home decorating skills. They welcomed their son, Ilias, into the world in 2001. Bridget doted on Ilias. She loved holidays, especially Halloween, and made sure the Stamos’s Halloween costumes and house decorations were beyond expectations. She always gave careful attention to detail and never missed an opportunity to honor a birthday or celebrate a special occasion for those she loved. Bridget was an avid practitioner and instructor of yoga, enjoyed running (until her knees no longer allowed this), gardening, traveling, hiking, snowshoeing, fine wine and cooking gourmet cuisine with Michael and Ilias. She adored her family, including their dogs and aquatic turtle, as well as the numerous wild birds who knew her home was always a place to find the best of bird seed treats in the county. Bridgie was an avid Jeopardy fan and continued to amaze friends with her trivia knowledge, soundly beating all who stepped up to compete with her (except Ilias!). She had joie de vivre that was contagious to all lucky enough to be in her world. Bridgie loved unconditionally and had many dear friends who surrounded her with love in time of need. She will be missed terribly. Bridgie had a thriving orchard on their property and loved tending to her roses, orchids, avocado, citrus and other fruit trees in her spare time. They traveled the world to many special places, including Ireland, Greece, Peru, Columbia, Cambodia, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain.
Bridget Thompson Stamos MD, born Mary Bridget Thompson, was born November 4th, 1961, in Jacksonville, FL. Bridgie had a large, extended family on her father’s side with six, beloved aunts and two uncles. Her childhood was filled with quintessential visits to their family’s beach house in St. Augustine and travels to Lake Kerr, Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas. Bridget excelled at the Bolles School of Jacksonville, where she was near the top of her class, captain of the varsity cheerleading team and an accomplished cross-country runner. Bridget graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 1983 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a true Tar Heel at heart, and a member of the UNC varsity cross-country team. In her junior year, Bridget watched Michael Jordan rise to stardom, taking the Tar Heels to the National Championship over Georgetown. While at UNC, Bridget developed a close, lifelong friendship with her cross-country teammates, roommates and Alpha Delta Pi sisters, Dr. Christine (Swardson) Olver and Marilou (Heavner) McFarlane.
Bridget pursued her Masters of Public Health at Emory University and earned her MD at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine, graduating in 1988. She met her husband, Michael, while attending UM, as well as her lifelong dear friend, Dr. Sheryl Joyner. Bridget and Michael lived a busy life as residents in Miami but found time to enjoy the warm ocean, scuba diving and fishing on every possible occasion. They were married in Miami in March 1990 at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church. They then moved to New Orleans for a year during Michael’s fellowship and eventually settled in Rolling Hills Estates. Bridget specialized in internal medicine and worked as the medical director at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Westside Medical Center for a few years until the Northridge earthquake made the commute impossible. She then became a UCLA assistant professor based at Harbor-UCLA before “retiring” from clinical practice. Her colleagues and medical trainees remember her as an intelligent, kind and compassionate doctor & mentor. Bridget is survived by her husband, Dr. Michael Stamos and their son, Ilias, along with her brothers and their wives: Richard (Ducky), Olivia and their daughter, Jessee, and Robert (Bobby) and Sharon, and of course Bridgie’s beloved dogs, Dragon and Majykal. Bridget is predeceased by her parents, Dr. Richard Paul Thompson, Sr & Mary Ursula Jones Thompson. All of us will miss her dearly. Bridgie loved each person fully and will be fully missed. We are each blessed to have her amazing example to live by. Like her mother, Bridgie accepted each day with grace and gratitude. She was joyful, strong and courageous to the very end.