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Anthony J. Thomas Sr.

March 13, 2016


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Anthony J. Thomas Sr., 78, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at River Run Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Kingston.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on April 21, 1937, he was a son of the late Harry Thomas and Sarah Isaac Thomas. Tony was a 1954 graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School. At a young age, he was employed at the YMCA in Wilkes-Barre. He then served as a State Farm Life Insurance agent and later became a restaurant manager at numerous local restaurants. He and his son Tony operated Tony Thomas’s Deli in Wilkes-Barre for many years. Tony was later employed by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District as a Security Greeter at various schools.

Tony was a life-long member of the YMCA in Wilkes-Barre, and he was also a swim instructor there. He received the Layman Award from the YMCA. Tony was also a member of the Knights of Lebanon and the San Paulino Club. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre and was a former Parish Council member at the church.

Tony’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Patrick Kerrigan and his staff, Celtic Hospice, Dr. George Moses, Dr. David Greenwald and the staff at Medical Oncology Associates, Dave and Brenda Saba, Ed Burke, and River Run Skilled Nursing Center.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mickey Thomas.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Terry Gonda Thomas; children: Anthony Thomas, Jr. and his wife Donna, Slocum Township; Lisa Thomas, Denise Thomas, and Jeffrey Thomas, all of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren: Robert Thomas, Atty. Samantha Thomas, Carlo Thomas, and Jeffrey Thomas, Jr.; great grandchildren: Dynastie and Aiden Thomas; brother, Joseph Thomas and his wife Audrey, Wilkes-Barre; sisters: Roseann Davis, Isabel Thomas, Michelle Thomas, and Noreen Thomas, all of Wilkes-Barre; numerous nieces and nephews, and also Annmarie Petitto-Thomas.

Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, Park Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the church for the services.

Friends may call on Friday, April 1, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Knights of Lebanon Education Fund, PO Box 432, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.