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Thomas, Raymond
August 2019
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Dad/papa/great-papa died peacefully on August 9th, 2019, after a long and fulfilling life of 94 years. Predeceased by wife Anne Alice and daughter, Judy Hitchen, Ray (aka Ribs), was also a wonderful father to Raymond (Heather), Judy, Nancy (Brian), Derek (Cathy), Tim (Brenda), Daphne (Arno), David, and Roger (Michele). A super papa to Cheryl, Dereck, Tracy, Frankie, Cathy, Sara, Annie, Rachel, Kate, Daniel, Mark, Lori, Elizabeth, Scott, Stephanie, Justine, Victoria, Austin, Aaron, Joshua and Olivia. He also delighted in his great grandchildren: Melissa, Megan, Matthew, Valerie, Patrick, Alexa, Alicia, Ashtyn, Brienne, Zachary, Connor, Brayden, Gavin, Reilynn, Isla, Quinn, Max, Justin, Abigail, Jessie, Joey, Samantha, Adam and River. He will also be missed by his only surviving brother, Harvey of Grand Falls, NL, as well as, a number of his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, especially his beloved nephew Wayne and his wife, Fran. Dad/papa was larger than life. Sneaking off, under aged to join the RAF in WWII, he was shot down as a tail-gunner, and not only survived, but thrived. Upon returning from the war, he married his sweetheart Anne, and with eight children in tow, moved the entire family to Toronto. He worked for many years with Anne’s family in the furniture business, enjoying an early retirement, which gave him some winters with Anne, in Florida. After losing his beloved daughter and wife, Ray carried through on his youthful dream of heading to the West coast, a destination where he spent over 20 years enjoying an eclectic collection of wonderfully inspiring friends. Nancy headed out West, and brought him back to Ontario when his health failed, and after staying with Tim and Brenda for a year, settled in Newmarket, where he held court for family and friends for the last five years. An avid and colourful storyteller, dad loved visiting with all of his family, but most especially the little ones. An encounter with dad was never quickly forgotten. Never afraid to give his opinion on any subject, he thrived on politics and his beloved Blue Jays. In spite of various ailments that slowed him down in his final years, dad always managed to rally for any occasion, stir up mischief if he could, and then sit back and enjoy life as it unfolded. A true family man, dad considered himself the richest man in the world. Hospital staff at Southlake could attest to this as they witnessed the steady stream of visitors who came to see dad over the last few weeks. Many thanks to the staff at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket for their exemplary care over the past couple of months. For the last five years, Dad called Alexander Muir Retirement Residence his home. The staff at Alexander Muir treated Dad as family, showing him kindness, concern and support. Friends and family will be received at The Paul O’Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East on Sunday, August 11th from 2-5:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held the following morning (Monday, August 12th) at 11 a.m. at Paul O’Connor’s. If desired, donations may be made in dad’s name to The Lung Association, Canadian Cancer Society, and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Messages of Condolence

I am sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. I cooked for Ray for about 5 years and also considered him a friend. When I made him a meal he a... Read more Dorothy Carter
Victoria, BC August 16, 2019
We are so saddened to hear of Ribs' passing. He was our friend here in Victoria, and we still think of him often. (every time we walk in ... Read more Roger and Irene Laflamme
Victoria August 16, 2019
We knew Ray through his loving daughter Nancy and it always brightened our day when we saw him. He leaves a wonderful legacy with such an ... Read more Joan and Don wilson
Newmarket August 12, 2019
I'm so sorry ,Ray to hear of your father's passing.Although he lived an extremely long life,one cannot replace a Dad,This I know from expe... Read more Wayne Zwarych
Holland Landing August 12, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Uncle Ray’s passing. He was a remarkable man and will always be remembered. My sincerest sympathy and prayers go... Read more Orville Raymond Reeves
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL August 11, 2019
We the Hillier family would like to send condolences to the family of Ramond (Ribs) Thomas. He was a great friend of my father Silas Hilli... Read more Judy(Hillier) Thomas
Grand Falls Newfoundland August 11, 2019
To the Tomas family we are so sorry for the passing of a great man Uncle Ray. We remember the many stories he would tell us when he visite... Read more Don and Judy Thomas
Grand Falls Newfoundland August 11, 2019
I offer condolences from RCL Branch 12. There are still members who remember Ray and Wayne. We will remember Ray in our prayers.
Dan Devine President RCL Branch 12
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL August 11, 2019
On behalf of the members of the St. Andrew’s Bridge Club in Chatham, I would like to express our condolences to the entire Thomas family o... Read more John Boekhoud M.D.
Chatham On. August 11, 2019
Ray Thomas and Family, Please accept my condolences on the passing of such a wonderful man. Please know that thoughts and prayers follow y... Read more Murray Osborne
St. John's, NL August 11, 2019
Mr. T.s son, Tim has been a very special friend for more than 20 years and through our faith, daughter Nancy. Through Tim and Brenda, I ha... Read more Ron Anderson
Newmarket August 10, 2019
Dear Papa, Thank you for the years of laughter, hilarious comments, stories of the past, acceptance of all your many children/grands/g... Read more Kate, Shain and Max
Silent Lake Provincial park August 10, 2019
Papa, you will always be in my heart and mind. I love you
Scott
Ontario August 10, 2019
Poppa, there’s no words to describe how I felt when I found out. I miss you so much already. xoxoxo
Lori
Ontario August 10, 2019

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