Ward Layne Thomas
Ward Thomas Ward Layne Thomas, age 44, died Friday August 13, 2010 at his home in Hatfield, PA. Born in Abington, PA., he was the son of Robert J and Joyce Sumter (nee Ansuini) Thomas of Blue Bell. Det. Thomas started his Law Enforcement career in 1983 as a Police Dispatcher for Lower Gwynedd Township. In 1985 Ward Thomas was hired as a "Police Dispatcher" for the Montgomery Township Police Department and on August 1, 1986, he became a full time "Police Officer" with the Department. During his career with the Montgomery Township Police Department, Det. Thomas was assigned to the Patrol Division from 1986 to 1989, the K-9 Unit from 1989 to 2005 with two K-9 partners "Roman" from 1989 to 1996 and "Arras" from 1996 to 2005. He also served as the Officer-in-Charge of the K-9 Unit from 1994 to 2000. Detective Thomas has served as a detective since 2005. During his Law Enforcement career, Det. Thomas received numerous Letters of Commendations from the Police Department, the Township, private citizens and other Law Enforcement Agencies. Det. Thomas also received several "Official Commendation" medals: two Life Saving Awards, two Unit Citation Awards, and two Certificate of Commendation Awards. Det. Thomas was a member of the Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 14, the United States Police Canine Association (U.S.P.C.A.) and he was a Special Investigator with the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Ward was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles # 1761were he served as Vice President and was a former Active member of the Wissahickon Fire Company and the Ambler Ambulance Assoc. In addition to his parents he is survived by his Wife Jennifer "Jenny" Lynn (nee Kaler) Thomas, He was the devoted father of Mitchell Robert Thomas and Rachel Leigh Thomas and step father of Rebecca Gail Goodolf and Brianna Elaine Lawson. He was the loving brother of Robyn S. Thomas (Louis J. DiLonardo) of Lansdale, PA and the son in law of Robert L. and Linda Kaler III of Hatfield, PA he is also survived by his Detective Partner Michael F. Solis. Relatives & Friends are invited to call Wednesday August 18, 2010 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Church of the Messiah,1001 DeKalb Pike Gwynedd with a Funeral Service at 12:00 Noon. Interment will be in Hatfield Cemetery. Remembrances in his name to The Children of Detective Ward Thomas Trust Fund C/O Citizens Bank 273 DeKalb Pike North Wales, PA 19454 would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be made at www.UrbanFuneralHome.com

Published by Montgomery Newspapers from Aug. 16 to Aug. 19, 2010.
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This earth lost a good person in Ward, he was a friend ,a high school buddy..And he was taken away to soon from his friends and family,My thoughts and prayers are with his family..Good Bye my friend and we will meet up again in the next life..R.i.P
Ron Hoff
August 24, 2010
Jenny, Bob, Joyce and all of the Thomas family. Words can't come close to even begin to understand your sorrow. Ward was Ward. He could be funny, he could be serious but never mean or vindictive. He loved his children and stepchildren. I am sorry I didn't get a chance to stop by and make him laugh even if it would have only been for a few minutes.I wish I could take some of the sorrow you are feeling just for a minute or two. Set aside 15 minutes each day to remember something funny Ward did or a good joke he used to tell and for that 15 minutes you will have a feeling of peace. You are in my prayers.
Sue Rorer
August 17, 2010
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