Raymond John Thomas, 81, of Blakeslee Avenue, North Haven, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Masonic Health Care Center, Wallingford.
He was the husband of 52 years to Sonia Kocur Thomas. Born in Yonkers, New York on June 25, 1930; son of the late John and Eleanor Ockasi Thomas.
Raymond received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Manhattan College in 1952 and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in 1959 and had worked as an Analytical Chemist for the Olin Corporation for over 30 years until his retirement in 1992.
Raymond had served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army Military Police during the Korean War; was an avid golfer and bowler; enjoyed playing bridge; was a parishioner of St. Frances Cabrini Church where he was a former member of the Religious Education Board and Usher.
Father of Barbara J. Thomas and her husband William M. Clem of Bethesda, Md., Raymond M. Thomas and his wife Beth of Canandaigua, NY, Patricia Sedaille and her husband Brian of Wallingford. Grandfather of Kathryn, Rebecca and Ross Clem, Grace and Grant Thomas, Samantha and Jennifer Stewart.
Predeceased by a brother Michael Thomas.
His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Monday morning at 9:30. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Frances Cabrini Church at 10:00 am. Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. The visiting hours will be Sunday from 3 to 5 pm. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 27 Allendale Dr., North Haven, CT 06473. http://www.northhavenfuneral.com
Published in the New Haven Register on October 23, 2011
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