The Thomas family is very sad to announce the passing of James W. Thomas. James was born Sept. 15, 1925, and passed away on Aug. 21, 2009. He is preceded in death by his beloved “sweetheart,” Frances Mae Thomas, and daughter Catherine Ann Thomas.
He is survived by his son, James Gerard; granddaughters Jacqueline, Jessica, Shelby and Grace Thomas; and sisters Ruth, Geraldine, Mary-Jane and Lorene.
James, or Jim as he was affectionately called, was born in Fairland, Okla., and then moved to Hood River, Ore., when he was a child. He loved Hood River very much; he always said “It’s such a cute little town.”
He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, and was a member of the underwater demolition. When he returned from the war, he met his wife, Frances, and they were married on Oct. 15, 1949.
Jim worked in the Los Angeles county of Southern California, for the Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association, where he worked hard, and eventually became vice president.
Jim retired in 1993, and moved to Valencia, Calif., where he and Frances would visit their son and daughter, and multiple granddaughters.
After the passing of Frances, Jim moved to the Coachella Valley with his granddaughter Jackie. He passed away peacefully in his home, in Indio, Calif.
There was a memorial service held at San Fernando Mission Catholic Mortuary on Sept. 1.
James, aka “Grampa,” “Gramps,” “Dad,” “Jim,” “kimosabi,” will forever be in our hearts. We love you; take care of Granny. “Yahvo!”
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