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Robert E. "Bob" Thomas


1936 – 2012 - | Obituary Condolences
Bob Thomas, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16, 2012, in Coos Bay, OR, of natural causes. His son, Danny, was at his side. He was 76.
Bob was born February 16, 1936, in Gloucester, MA. In 1948 at the age of 13, the family relocated to San Diego, CA, where Bob lived the majority of his life. When he was just 16, Bob joined the fishing industry along with his father. After a few years he elected to serve his country and joined the United States Marine Corps. He served from 1958-1962. After his service in the Marines, Bob resumed his job in the fishing industry. Eventually, through a lot of hard work and dedication, he became a Chief Engineer for Foss Maritime in San Diego.
In 1961 Bob met the love of his life, Maria Virginia Costa and they were married on June 30, 1963. Together they had five children, Robert II, Deborah, Jeanine, Danny and Monique. They raised their family in Poway, CA, and after 20 years with Foss Maritime, Bob retired in 1998. In 2002, Bob and his wife moved to Coos Bay, OR, to enjoy the quiet life in the beautiful state of Oregon.
Known for his larger than life personality, Bob was a joy to all who knew him. He always had a funny joke or, better yet, a song to brighten someone's day, cheer them up or just make them smile. If you wanted to have a good laugh, a good conversation, or just needed advice or a kind word, Bob was your guy! He loved spending time with his family and friends, dancing, singing and playing the guitar and boy was he great at it! You could always find him in the garage working on cars, a school project for one of the kids or hanging out with neighbors and friends, just "shootin the bull" as he would put it. Bob will be remembered fondly by all those whose lives he touched.
Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maria Virginia Thomas of Coos Bay, OR; children, Robert (Jackie) Thomas II of Poway, Jeanine Thomas of San Diego, Danny Thomas of San Diego, Monique (Ashanti) Hickson of San Diego; grandchildren, David Thomas, Desiree (Marty) Fenison, Joshua Thomas, Raul Marquez Jr., Zachary Thomas, Brooke Thomas, Paris Hickson and Tatiana Hickson; great-grandchildren, Kellie Fenison and Karlie Fenison; sisters, Eleanor Mitchell of San Diego, Dorothy Hubbard of Poway and Esther Johnson of Idaho; brother, Joe Thomas of Poway; and many nieces and nephews. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Esther Thomas; brothers, Francis Mitchell and Stephen Thomas; and his beloved daughter, Deborah Jean Shute.
A full Military Service will be held Friday, May 18, 2012, at 2pm at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Published in the Pomerado News on May 3, 2012
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