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Thomas R. Thomas
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Funeral Service

11 a.m.
Thursday, October 22, 2015

Location:
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Thomas, Thomas R. (Tommy Ray), 76, Cramer, died Oct. 15, 2015. Born Sept 4, 1939 in Bedford, PA to the late Anthony Joseph and Lois Irene (Clawson) Thomas. Survived by wife, Mary Lou (Wagner); daughter, Melanie Mae Brilhart (Nick); son Marc Anthony (Lisa). Proud Pappy Tom to Abigail Grayce, Anders Thomas, Aaron Robert, Annalise Maria, Kendell Joy, Christopher Harold, Collin Michael, Isabella Hope, Madison Mae and Seth Joseph.  Brother to Ronald Anthony Thomas and Dolly Ann Ramirez (Ricardo). Uncle to Ron Jr. (Terri), John (Colleen), Darlene (Larry), Tim (Nicki); many great nieces, nephews and Ava Ramirez. Tom was a graduate of the Class of ’57 of United High School. He continued to value his alma mater and their Vo-Ag program with donations of wood and supplies to foster support in their programming.  He started his young life working for his parents in their gas station and grocery in Rosemont. When he moved to Cramer, he continued to work for his parents in their gas station.  He began his love of farm life as farm hand to Dale and Louise Bloom where he enjoyed working with them and their animals. After graduation, he entered the US Navy with his best friend, Jim Griffith to Basic Training.  Tom was trained to work on the USS Forrestal, aircraft carrier, with electronics on the planes. He was the beloved Grandson of Mary Thomas, who began the Thomas Flower Shop on Franklin Street, later with his father at Locust Street in Johnstown.  He worked with arrangements and delivery. Tom moved on to life experiences in the Bethlehem Steel Gautier labor pool, also walking the skies as an ironworker, and as a security guard for Penelec. The next phase of life was spent learning to fly.  He was employed by L.Robert Kimball as an aerial photography pilot.  He continued to fly as corporate pilot for Kimball, Crown and Zamias Corp. He became an airline pilot for Pennsylvania Airlines in Johnstown, moving to Harrisburg with Allegheny Airlines and finishing with USAirways Express at his retirement in 1999.  Upon “retirement”, Tom began to build his Mountain Retreat on the family property in Cramer. He enjoyed life in the woods, sitting on the swing with his sweetie, (they had 55 adventurous years together), working with his sawmill, traveling the US and internationally, cruises and meeting new friends. He was known for his smile and storytelling that made you think and smile. Pastor Rob Wolf and the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren were his church family. Pastor Bob Wagner of Moxham Lutheran Church and the Tuesday Night Supper Gang were his other church family. At the request of the family, there will be no visitation. A memorial service is planned at the Church of the Brethren later next week. Plans are complete for a Memory Celebration at the Armagh & East Wheatfield Firehall on Wednesday Oct 28 from 4 to 7pm for a light supper and fellowship for family, friends, neighbors, past coworkers, coffee buddies, classmates; an open door evening to Celebrate our lives with our Tommy Ray.  Donations in Tom’s name, may be sent to Pleasant Hill Church for his love of Youth Missions and church camp youth programs that he loved to support.  Arrangements in care of the Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 146 Chandler Ave., “Exclusive Provider of Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at HindmanFuneralHomes.com