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Jack Thomas, 85, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 8, 2013. A West Palm Beach native, Jack attended Palm Beach High where, at age 15, he met Kathryn Scotten, who became his beloved wife of 64 years ("and never a harsh word!"). After serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II, he attended University of Florida and remained a zealous Gator all his life. Jack earned his Mechanical Engineering degree and was a licensed PE and President of the Florida Engineering Society. His career with FPL culminated as statewide Director of Fossil Fuel Plants. Jack was a member of First Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach, where he served as a deacon. He was a committed Christian with an extraordinary capacity to love and serve others. His service included Crossroad Bible study for prisoners, St. George's Soup Kitchen and Meals on Wheels. An accomplished athlete, Jack played handball well into his 80s. He loved the ocean, especially diving for lobster and spending time every year with family in the Florida Keys. Jack and Kathryn also loved spending summers in their home on Lake Glenville, NC, a favorite place for his children, eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren to gather. Jack is survived by his wife, Kathryn, their three daughters, Toy Keller (Steve) of Tallahassee, Betsy Clardy of Charlotte, NC and Susan Poncy (George) of Palm Beach Gardens and their families, his sister, Jane Thompson, and many nieces, nephews and wonderful life-long friends. Jack will forever be remembered as a man of integrity whose zest for life and love for others were his trademarks. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 2:00 on Saturday, July 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 717 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory may be made to Crossroad Bible Institute, PO Box 900, Grand Rapids, MI 49509.
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Published in The Palm Beach Post from July 11 to July 14, 2013