August 13, 1954 - June 11, 2013
Rhys, loving husband, father and best friend passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Rhys was a loving son and is predeceased by his parents George and Elizabeth Thomas. Forever remembered by his loving wife Christine (nee Jones), and his 3 children Zachary, Melissa and Jacob (JT). Rhys was the second of three children and leaves behind sisters Nancy Weaver (Sherman) and Ruth Lafontaine (Andy). Mother-in-law Theresa Jones, father-in-law Wayne Jones, sister-in-laws Cathy Vandenberg (Arnie) and Diana Scott (Randie) and beloved nieces and nephews Tony, Tyler, Amy, Michelle, Steven, Alex, Jonathan and Patrice. Rhys was born and raised in Victoria and graduated from Victoria High School, attended post secondary education attaining his certification and licensing in the plumbing trades. Rhys worked for the Provincial Government with Public Works, British Columbia Building Corporation and WSI attaining 35 plus years of service. Rhys was a kind, gentle and giving man who took pride in helping others. Rhys dedicated himself to volunteering with the Special Olympic Athletes for many years. Rhys' true passion was to the Langford Volunteer Fire Department where he was a dedicated volunteer for 18 plus years and retired in 2001. Rhys was always ready to lend a hand and gave all he touched courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. He lived his life with integrity and bravery. And if you were lucky enough to get "the bird" you new you were loved. The family would like to give thanks to the dedicated Doctors and Nurses at Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital who helped Rhys in his time of need. Services will be held at First Memorial Funeral Service, 4725 Falaise Drive. Viewing will be June 19th 2013 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The service will be held June 20th, 2013 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Canadian Lung Association.