Fred "Max" Thomas
FRED "MAX" THOMAS, long time resident of Rancho Palos Verdes passed away on March 26, 2014; he was 88 years old. He was born in Price, Utah on October 18, 1925. His family came to Los Angeles in 1932 and lived in the Glendale/Eagle Rock area until 1943. Upon graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, at the age of 17. He spent the later part of World War II in the South Pacific serving on the U.S.S. Kalinin Bay, CVE 68, and the U.S.S. Boxer CVE 21, both aircraft carriers. His honorable discharge in 1946 was followed by two years at Carbon College, now known as The College of Eastern Utah in Price, Utah, graduating with an AA degree. The next two years were spent at Woodbury College in Los Angeles where he graduated with BS-Business Administration. It was there that he met his future wife, Shirley Mae Schlimmer Thomas. They lived in Torrance for five years before being transferred to New Jersey. In 1965, they settled in Rancho Palos Verdes. They had four children; Sharon (Sims), Linda (Hermosillo), Robert Thomas, and John Thomas. His working career was mostly in Sales and Sales Management for various Los Angeles aerospace fastener manufacturers. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, flying, snow skiing, paddle tennis at Portuguese Bend Club, quartet and Chorus Barbershop harmony singing, and gardening. He and Shirley enjoyed traveling and spending time with their 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They were married August 24, 1951 for 62 years. He was predeceased in death by his loving wife, Shirley, and their beloved daughter, Sharon Sims. He lived life his way surrounded by family and wonderful friends, many of which have been a part of his life for 50 years. The service will be held at St. Peter's by the Sea 6410 P.V. Drive South in Rancho Palos Verdes on Saturday April 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Toberman Neighborhood Center 131 N. Grand Avenue San Pedro, CA 90731 or on the website at: www.toberman.org., please note in the message box, "Max and Shirley Thomas". This is a perpetual scholarship fund for disadvantaged youth. Or the Assistance League South Bay/San Pedro 1440 West 8th Street San Pedro, CA 90731, please note for "Max and Shirley Thomas" to benefit School Bell.
Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2014
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