George Thomas, age 86, of Stratford passed away peacefully at the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Born in Chatham, son of the late Herbert Thomas and the former Evelyn Peel. Beloved husband of the late Elsie May Thomas (nee Clingersmith). Loved father of Darlene Smith of St. Marys and Rick Thomas (David Thompson) of Tsawwassen, BC. Dear brother of Judy Gammage and brother-in-law of Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Thomas both of Ridgetown, Ontario. Proud “Papa George” of Macy Smith of St. Marys. Predeceased by his son Stephen, sister Ruth Chittim (late Bill), brother Kenneth Thomas and brother-in-law Robert Gammage.
George was born in Chatham and raised in Cedar Springs, Ontario. Due to his outgoing nature, he established many life-long friendships early in his life, most notably with Bill and the Townsend clan. He loved serving and helping people which no doubt assisted him in is early role as bank manager in London, Ontario, where he met his future wife, Elsie. When kids came into the picture, he quit the transient nature of the bank and took a role with Clark Equipment of Canada, Limited, where he stayed for over 35 years. George was well-known in St. Thomas and area, and was an active member of the Pearce Williams Christian Centre for several years. Upon retiring, he worked as a security guard at Timkins in St. Thomas for several years, and most recently, at 3 local Tim Horton’s near/around Stratford. He continued serving his friends and family by baby-sitting his granddaughter, Macy, making jams and running errands at Greenwood Court, “A Community of Care” in Stratford, where he lived on his own, until he transitioned into the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth. George always thought of others before himself and he will be sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues from St. Thomas, to Stratford to Chatham/Kent County to British Columbia.
George’s family would like to extend their warmest gratitude and appreciation to friends and staff at Greenwood Court and to the many nurses and care professionals of Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth, as well as his physician team, who so lovingly cared for George during his stay at the hospice.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth or any branch of the Canadian Cancer Society may be made through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com.
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