CARLOS A. THOMAS
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Thomas, Carlos A. 1/14/1979 to 11/1/2014. A life tells a story, and that of Carlos A. Thomas, in spite of ending too soon, tells one of connection and service. Carlos had passionate interests in art, music, and community, which he embraced throughout his young life. Carlos developed significant skills as a web developer and designer, starting his own company "Dynamic Data Design" (www.dynamic-data.net) to provide technical support specifically to nonprofits, as he was aware they are often inexperienced at technology and strapped for cash. A strong believer in building community, Carlos sought out connections that later became friendships, due to his low key yet enthusiastic personality and his wide variety of interests. Carlos and his family moved to Fitchburg in 2006, where he and his wife LaNeia had two children (ages 12 and 4) and worked on a number of community issues. Carlos has also been active in Fitchburg Youth Soccer, including coaching (and photographing) both local and traveling teams. In 2012 this powerhouse of a young man was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer, which eventually stopped him in his tracks: likely the only thing that could. In "Being Mortal", Atul Gawande writes: The only way death is not meaningless is to see yourself as part of something greater: a family, a community, a society". Carlos saw himself as part of all these things. Following cremation by Keefe Funeral Homes (www.keefefuneralhomes.com), his life will be celebrated at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 5 PM on Saturday, November 8th. In lieu of flowers, donations to support Carlos's children can be made at http://climbingforcarlos.wordpress.com or to Applewild School (www.applewild.org ) "In memory of Carlos A. Thomas".


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Published in Boston Globe from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2014.
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November 11, 2014
I was so sad to hear of Carlos passing. I enjoyed working with him at Just A Start House and looked forward to catching up with him about his kids and their activities. He was such a special quiet soul. He will be missed.
Rhonda Gurley
November 8, 2014
To my Dear Cousin Carlos,
because of you being the wonderful Man you were, it allowed your wife and children to become who they now are. Even though your life on this earth was short, you were such a fine example of showing those who came in contact with you what being a Man was. Your interaction with your Wife, children, family members and teammates were all impacted when you come into their presence. May the Memories of Your Legacy of Love, Strength, Leadership, Integrity, Adventure, Sportsmanship, all the Laughs and Good times shared while You were alive, fill the in crack of Brokenness in our hearts that we have at this time. Carlos, may the presence your Spirit continue to be felt and be a comfort to All. Love you my Dear Cousin Carlos. Rest in Paradise. Your Cousin Pamela Loiseau.
November 8, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear about Carlos, wanna send my condolences to his family. G&P
Christina Williams
November 8, 2014
Tu Padre
Hijo Estas siempre conmigo, en esta y la próxima dimensión. Tu Padre. Carlos Anel
Carlos Anel
November 7, 2014
My sincere condolences to Carlos's family. It was a pleasure to work with him and get to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Betty Boczenowski
November 7, 2014
I have known Carlos almost since he his birth, as his Mother Kathy Teeter Thomas was a student at Cambridge The Group School of which she and her family were founding members. I taught there and learned so much from the entire Teeter family. He and his entire family were my neighbor when I moved right next store to his family house. He was a student of mine at CRLS as were most of his siblings. I watched him struggle through through the daunting teenage years. And then gratefully I watched him grow in the mature, responsible, wise, hardworking dedicated, compassionate, loving father, husband, and successful entrepreneur that he became. Several years ago I heard indirectly that he had be struck down with cancer. I was heartbroken. I sent prayers. PRAYERS WORK! Then I learned he proved himself resilient, perseverant, tenacious, determined and disciplined and successfully guided himself into a lasting remission... Then inexplicably, he suddenly transitioned. Baruche Aschem. Carlos was an amazing, affirming and inspiring individual. He created a company dedicated to helping non-profits working for social justice and a more loving community. He was also a man of undying Faith. Let us all celebrate and memorialize his exemplary life and living.
Larry Aaronson
November 6, 2014
I have very fond memories of Carlos from his high school days, and I love the obituary that appears in the Globe: it completely captures his spirit and personality, as I recall it. My condolences to his family--his wife and children, whom I never met, and his sister who was my student at CRLS. Thinking of all of you. Be well, and I hope many good memories comfort you.
Joan Soble
November 5, 2014
May God bring the family comfort during this time of grief.
Vicky ferguson
November 5, 2014
I am so sorry; he touched so many lives.
November 5, 2014
What a lovely and heartfels tribute to the incredible spirit of the man he was. May his spirit and wonderful gifts comfort each of you at this difficult time. My heart and prayers are with you all.
Kath Schilling
November 5, 2014
I appreciated Carlos for his technical know how in the workplace for which he was very talented! As fellow landlords, we also enjoyed talking about the ins and outs of being good landlords which provided great laughs! Carlos was just a wonderful, interesting, supportive guy who made me smile. I will miss him! Peter Shapiro, Cambridge, MA
November 5, 2014
Carlos was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He was kindhearted, intelligent, and and all around interesting person. He will be missed by many especially his Graham and Parks crew. Love you Burger.
Dylan Rykerson
November 5, 2014
So many blessings sent. He lived his live in the way so many of us want to do, but perhaps are afraid to do: with fervor. Sending love to Laneiah and the children.
Diane M Randolph
November 5, 2014
My condolences to your family. Love you!!
November 5, 2014
So so sorry for your loss Thomas family. I would never understand this pain he was in but even though it's tremendously sad I am happy he is no longer in pain. Again...so sorry for your loss.
Tinisha Cosme
November 5, 2014
Dear LaNeia and Family,

We are deeply saddened by Carlos's passing and send our deepest sympathy to you. He accomplished so much and lived his life to his fullest with you. We know you will value your precious times together. Here is a A tribute to Carlos:

Not, How Did He Die, But How Did He Live - Author Unknown
Not how did he die, but how did he live?
Not what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not, what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with word of good cheer,
to bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
but how many were sorry when he passed away

Deena & Len Segal
Deena & Len Segal
November 5, 2014
My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Derrick Utsey
November 5, 2014
Our deepest condolences to the family of this amazing man.

Eric & Sheila
November 4, 2014
My condolences to your family. We had some fun and happy memories when we were younger growing up as kids around the corner from each other. You will be missed! May you rest in peace!
Christine Levesque
November 4, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Carlos passing. He was such a cute kid growing up and became a wonderful adult and a friend of my sons Dylan and Jesse. He will be dearly missed.
skye rykerson
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