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MANCHESTER -- Harry “Reb The Painter” Thomas, 73, of Manchester, passed into eternal life surrounded by his family and friends on Sunday, June 4, 2006, at the Vermont Veterans Home.

He was bom in Kearny, N.J., and had lived in the Manchester area for the past 45 years. He was a house painting contractor for most of his life and enjoyed the interaction he had with his faithful customers for many years. He was an avid Yankees and Notre Dame fan. His favorite pastime was sitting and visiting with his family and friends. In the past three years he particularly enjoyed the very special relationships he developed with the nursing staff of the Vermont Veterans Home. He very much enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling and his youngest grandchildren, Jackson and Mark.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion Post 69, Arlington.

He was predeceased by his wife, Rose “Pee Wee” Thomas, and son, Scott Thomas. He is survived by seven children, Timmie (and Verity) Thomas of Cambridge, N.Y., Shawn Thomas and Ann (and Bill) Weeks of Manchester, Vicki Corey, Terri Reid, Gary (and Betty) Wilkins of Arlington, Ken Wilkins of Mt. Tabor; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

A Mass of resurrection will be celebrated at the Vermont Veterans Home Chapel in Bennington on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Demasi serving as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Scottsville Cemetery in Danby. Friends may call at the Brewster Funeral Home 34 Park Place Manchester Center, VT on Tuesday, June 6 from 4-7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Memorial donations may be made to the Scott Thomas Scholarship Fund or the Vermont Veterans Home North Wing Residents Fund in care of Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 6, 2006
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