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Robert W. Thomas

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Thomas, Robert W.

Gates, NY: Beloved and respected Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother.

Robert "Bob" W. Thomas, 81 went peacefully to the Lord on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. He was born on December 5, 1931 in Canton, PA. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Dolores M. Thomas; his son and daughter-in-law Bill and Sherry Thomas; and his four grandchildren Ryan, Craig, Connor Robert and Jessica Thomas. Rob or Tom, as he was fondly called by his family, is survived by his sisters Margaret Fisher and Catherine Rinker; his brother and sister-in-law Edward and Ginny Thomas; his brothers-in-law Charlie Buckholtz and Robert (Sonny) Cherokee; his sister-in-law Aggie Cherokee as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents, Perle and Susan Thomas, brother, Paul Thomas, and his sisters, Helen Harding and Ethel Buckholtz, as well as several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Mr. Thomas retired in 1986 from Eastman Kodak, where he was employed as a machinist. He was a veteran of the United States Army, proudly having served his country during the Korean War. He loved to hunt and fish and was an excellent outdoorsman. In 1965, he was New York State Archery Champion. He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke with his family and friends. But, most of all, he was a truly fantastic husband, father and grandfather. Dad, we cherished the time we spent together and have comfort in knowing you are now at peace in the presence of our Lord and that one day we will be with you again for eternity.

Calling hours will be on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Leo M. Bean and Sons Funeral Home, 2771 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held on Monday, October 2, 2013 at 10:00 am at St. Mary's Parish in Cecil, PA. Burial, with full Military Honors, will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Please add or view tributes at www.beanandsonsfuneralhome.com. The family of Mr. Thomas wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the nurses and social workers at Unity Hospital and the entire staff at The Hurlbut Nursing Home for their outstanding care and compassion given to Dad. Donations may be given to Lollypop Farm.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Oct. 4, 2013
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