Charles Thomas

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Charles Thomas
AIKEN, SC - Charles "Chuck" Thomas aged 71, died peacefully at home in Aiken, SC on September 20, 2016.
Chuck was born in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 1945 to the late Jane Hawes Thomas and Leon Evan Thomas, Jr. The family moved to Fairfield, CT when he was a young boy. Chuck graduated from the Fairfield Country Day School, the Choate School and from Rollins college and received his MBA from the Crummer School. At college he met his future wife Jill Stirling, the love of his life. He was a gifted athlete who excelled at all sports including soccer, lawn tennis, real tennis and skiing. In 1970 Chuck and Jill moved to Vail, Colo. where he became a ski instructor, tennis coach, real estate agent and Bon Vivant. In 1987 they moved to Aiken, SC where he pursued his lifelong interest in carpentry and construction and the vagaries of the stock market. Chuck was a member of the Aiken Tennis Club where he won the Northrop Knox Handicap Doubles Tournament with his partner Rick Preston more than once, as well as Golds Gym, where he was "spinner" extraordinaire. He was the consummate gentleman and never met a stranger, particularly an attractive lady although he was a bit taken aback when "Lady Chablis" sat on his lap at the Marlboro Station Club! Chuck and Jill were legendary dancers, always the last to leave the dance floor. For all of his friends the "Dancing King" is gone. Chuck will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife Jill, of 49 years, as well as his daughter Brooke Thomas Sekera (Matt)of Aiken, his adored granddaughter Addison Sekera, his son Stirling and fiance;e Carrie McGarraugh of Vail, CO. He is also survived by his brothers Evan Thomas of San Tan Valley, Arizona and Geoffrey Thomas (Annie) Gloucester, MA. The family would like to thank Dr. Jeremy Pantin and his staff at GRU Bone Marrow transplant unit, the staff at Anchor Rehabilitation and Regency Hospice and special thanks to caregivers Patty Bledsoe, Jayne Mone, and Elaine Council for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, P. O. Box 1702, Aiken, S.C 29802
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Sept. 25, 2016