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Dr. Robert H. Thomas

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BANGOR, MAINE -- Dr. Robert H. Thomas, 57, died May 1, 2003 after a long and courageous battle with illness. He was born May 27, 1945 in Cambridge, N.Y., the son of Harold and Betty (Kelyer) Thomas.

Bob will be remembered as a loving father, devoted husband and a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church of Bangor. He has touched the lives of many people in the field of education. During his life through perseverance and strong will, he achieved his life-long goal of receiving his Doctorate of Education from the University of Maine, Orono. He shared his avid interest and love for sports with all those around him. He was employed with Eastern Maine Technical College as its Founding Director of the Ellsworth Hancock County Center, Ellsworth. Bob was a volunteer basketball coach for many years at the YMCA in Bangor. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 30 years, Linda (Baatz) Thomas of Bangor; a daughter, Christianna Thomas of Hopkinsville, Ky.; a son, Justin Thomas of Bangor; his mother, Betty Thomas of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; three sisters, Barbara and her husband, Raymond Borst of East Greenbush, N.Y.;Judy Thomas of Lynchburg, Va., Tina and her husband, John Dishong of Lyndeboro, N.H.; one brother, Bill Thomas and his wife, Brenda of Bulverde, Texas, many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2003 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor, with the Rev. Dr. Randall C. Chretien, officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Bangor, Maine. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall following the services on Saturday. Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation, 4901 Main Street, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64112-2634 or Eastern Maine Technical College Foundation, 354 Hogan Road, Bangor, Maine 04401.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 3, 2003
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