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Michael J. Thomas Jr.

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Michael J. Thomas Jr. 1983-2010 CAMBRIDGE Michael J. Thomas, Jr., 27, died Sunday, October 24, 2010 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near his home on Camden Valley Road. He was the husband of Julie Stroffoleno Thomas. Born on Saturday, July 2, 1983 in Bennington he was the son of Michael J. Thomas, Sr. and Colleen McAvoy of Camden Valley and Michele and Tony Van Ness of Arlington. Mike grew up in Camden Valley and received his education at Cambridge Central School. He was a graduate of the class of 2002 and proud to be a Cambridge Indian. Mike had his first cow when he was ten years old. He was a member of the Shushan 4-H Club and loved showing his cows at the Washington County Fair, the Schaghticoke Fair and the Tunbridge Fair. He showed every year including 2010. He was very athletic starting with Pee Wee Wrestling and Pee Wee Football. He was a member of the wrestling team and the football team at CCS and played semi-pro football for the Southern Vermont Storms. He loved to hunt, fish, ride his 4- wheeler and spend time at the river. He and Julie were married on August 9, 2008. They were the proud "parents" of three beloved pets, Sarge, Midas and Mr. Moe. Mike was employed by Jay Burdick in Shaftsbury doing construction work. Along with his wife and parents, he is survived by a sister, Nicole Thomas of Brunswick; three step-siblings, Nick Van Ness of Bennington, Crystal Van Ness of Shaftsbury and Kim Hawley of Arlington; in-laws, June and Anthony Onorato and George Stroffoleno Sr., of Arlington; brother-in-law and best friend, George Stroffoleno, Jr. of Arlington; paternal grandparents, Robert and Betty Thomas of Camden Valley and maternal grandparents Mike and Shirley McGuire of North Bennington and Harriet and John Gallaway of Lima, Ohio. Mike is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews that he had a great time with. He was a hero to his special nephew Georgie. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends and relatives are invited to call on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m., at Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge. Following the calling hours there will be a reception and celebration of Mike's life in Arlington to be announced. In memory of Mike's love of 4-H, showing dairy cows and the fair, the family suggests memorial donations be made in memory of Mike to " 4-H Special Dairy Awards", Cornell Cooperative Extension Washington County 415 Lower Main St. Hudson Falls NY 12839. Mike's life was all too short but he lived it fully. He would not want tears of sorrow but smiles and laughter remembering the happy times that were shared. Please visit www.ackleyrossfuneralhome.com to share a memory or send a condolence.

Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 26, 2010
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