Judge John J. Thomas
1948 - 2019
BORN
1948
DIED
2019
FUNERAL HOME
McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA

FORTY FORT — Judge John J. Thomas, 71, of Forty Fort, died unexpectedly after being stricken ill at his home Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

Born Jan. 4, 1948, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Thomas C. and Alice C. Thomas.

Judge Thomas was a graduate of St. Mary's High School, Class of 1965. He earned his B.S. in business administration from King's College in 1969 and his Juris Doctorate from Dickinson School of Law in 1972.

John started his career in law as a public defender in Luzerne County and had a private practice focusing on bankruptcy law until 1992, at which time he was appointed as a Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

A lover of nature, John enjoyed canoeing, camping and birdwatching. He enjoyed taking road trips and traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states.

His greatest love was his family.

His sisters, Miriam Noussair, Theresa Habib, Thalia Ann Thomas and Janice Joseph, and an infant brother, Charles, preceded him in death.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, the former Marilyn Eglavich; sons John and his wife, Greta, of New York City, Edward, of San Francisco, and Joseph and his wife, Jessica, of Forty Fort; daughters Kathryn, of Forty Fort and New York City, and Jennifer and her husband, Henry Sucart, of Melbourne, Fla.; grandsons Johnny, Lincoln and Connor; brother Thomas C. Thomas Jr., of Forty Fort; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Celebration of John's life will be Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. at McLaughlin's, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a funeral Mass at noon in Immaculate Conception Church on Luzerne Avenue in West Pittston. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Memories and condolences may be shared with John's family at www.celebratehislife.com.


Published by Times Leader from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2019.
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142 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA
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My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I had the privilege of working with Judge Thomas at the Bankruptcy Court in the Harrisburg Office and he was a wonderful man and respected by many. May God bless you and keep you strong in your time of sorrow.
Carol Anthony
February 12, 2019
Prayers for eternal peace.....what a great gentleman
February 12, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about John's passing and remember him well from many times together at the CYC during our high school years and as classmates at King's College. John was always smart and interesting but most of all I will remember his wonderful sense of humor. My condolences to his family
Joe Williams
February 12, 2019
A truly great man. Wonderful temperament and love of the law. So intelligent, yet incredibly sweet and humble. I just sat next to him at a seminar 2 weeks ago
Mike Cataldo
February 11, 2019
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I was a young reporter for The Citizens' Voice newspaper assigned to cover bankruptcy court in Wilkes-Barre at the time Judge Thomas was appointed. His integrity, professionalism and fairness will always be remembered. He and his staff were always available to answer my procedural questions about the intricacies of bankruptcy law as they applied to cases before the court. I will always remember and appreciate his openness, candor and professionalism, and that of his staff, as it is so rare in the world today. May he rest in peace. With deepest sympathy...
Leonarda Bilbow
February 11, 2019
My cousin, John, and I shared identical names and identical birthdates, though a few years apart. We only spoke once a year, but I knew him to be a kind and compassionate man, with deep devotion to his family. He will be missed and long remembered. To Marilyn, his children and grandchildren, please accept my sincere sympathy and prayers.
John J Thomas
February 10, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the family of the Hon. Judge Thomas. I was his court reporter when he came to Williamsport for 19 years from 1993 to 2012. He was truly a class act. Brilliant mind and so down-to-earth and personable. I so enjoyed his stories about his children and family. I remember his daughter coming to court with him on occasion and sitting in the back of the courtroom. He enjoyed my peanut butter fudge at Christmas time and remember him telling me how he would try to hide it from his wife by keeping it in his car. It was truly an honor to work with him and come to know such a wonderful man. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by many.
Linda Wettlaufer
Coworker
February 10, 2019
Henry Van Eck
February 10, 2019
Justyna Markiewicz
February 10, 2019
Joey and Family,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. May God wrap his loving arms around him and take him to his new life in heaven. May God bless you and your family. He will become your angel watching over you and your family. My deepest condolences.
Karen Ostroskie
February 10, 2019
a loved one
February 10, 2019
Judge Thomas, I am remembering you, your wife, and your children on this sad occasion. Your kindness will be remembered forever, and, of course, my husband will continue to cite and recite your brilliant opinion on the sufficiency of consideration required at a tax sale. Rest in peace, Your Honor. Respectfully,
Autherine Smith-Scholl
February 10, 2019
I knew the Judge as I practiced bankruptcy law before him for several years. He was always both fair and pleasant, treating all in a manner that could be fully understood. He will be a tough act to follow. I urge others in those positions to follow his example.
Charles Bierbach
February 10, 2019
Truly we have lost a great man. His wisdom and knowledge touched many people. I was honored to have him as a friend and partner on our many outdoor adventures. One of the great ones has passed. Our condolences to Marilyn and family. Joan & Harry White
Harry and Joan White
February 9, 2019
Truly we have lost a great man. His wisdom and knowledge touched many people. I was honored to have him as a friend and partner on our many outdoor adventures. One of the great ones has passed. Our condolences to Marilyn and family.

Joan & Harry White
Harry & Joan White
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Truly we have lost a great man.His wisdom and knowledge touched many people.I was honered to have him as a friend & partner on our many outdoor adventures.One of the great ones has passed. Our condolences to Marilyn & Family. Joan & Harry White
February 9, 2019
John , My condolences to all of your family. From playing ping-pong at the CYC or doing math homework, you were always a good friend. Bernie Gallagher St Mary's Class of 1965
Bernie Gallagher
February 9, 2019
a loved one
February 9, 2019
Deepest condolences to Marilyn and family.
Rita Balestrini (Liparula)
February 9, 2019
Marilyn, My sincere sympathy to you on the passing of you dear husband.
I enjoyed seeing him at the class picnic in September that I attended with my brother,Joe (his classmate).
Alice Rodgers
February 9, 2019
Just a great guy and judge. Always made sure that we lawyers understood what his understanding of the issue was. Not all judges are that patient. Wonderful sense of humor. Will be missed.
February 9, 2019
Sincere sympathy across the miles and the years. Former classmate Bill Tigue
February 9, 2019
I was so sorry to hear about John's sudden passing. He was so humble and yet he was a highly-respected judge who came up through and understood the entire bankruptcy system. We used to hang out at judicial conferences when I was a bankruptcy judge in Philly until 2000. I was aware of his strong devotion to his family. He remembered me and came all the way down to my wedding in Philly in 2011, which I greatly appreciated. I had not seen or spoken to him since. Another reminder of how fragile our lives are. Former Bankruptcy Judge David A. Scholl
David Scholl
February 9, 2019
Great cousin and taught me how to make maple syrup.
Rest easy.
Tony Thomas Jr
February 9, 2019
To John's Family, please accept accept our deepest sympathy. May John Rest In Peace.
Joseph & Deborah Sellitto
February 9, 2019
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