Robert E. ThomasApril 23, 1945 ~ January 12, 2018 (age 72)
Robert E. Thomas, 72, a longtime Wilbraham resident, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at home. Born April 23, 1945 in White Plains, NY to the late Robert and Marion (Dolan) Thomas, he earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration Degrees from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. It was at Adelphi that he met and married his college sweetheart Eileen. Bob proudly served in the US Army. He was a Sales Manager for MeadWestvaco Corporation for almost 30 years and owned NorthPrint in West Springfield for many years.
Bob was devoted to his wife Eileen, his family and friends. Active in the community, Bob was a member of the Wilbraham Lions Club and Wilbraham, Hampden and Longmeadow Country Clubs. He was an avid golfer and boater and loved spending time on Cape Cod. Every time he was out on the water he would say, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” Bob worked as a realtor for Kinlin-Grover in Chatham, MA for the last six years. He also volunteered for the Harwich Real Estate and Open Space Committee.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 50 years Eileen (Ryder) Thomas; two daughters Heather Thomas of Wilbraham, MA and Meredyth Thomas of Boston, MA; sister Lyn Griffiths and her husband William of Bradenton, FL; brother Bruce Thomas and his wife Janette of Wellsville, NY; several nieces and nephews, countless friends, and his much loved “puppy girl” Maddie. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Wilbraham Funeral Home will handle the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to Baystate Hospice, 280 Chestnut St., Floor 6, Springfield, MA 01199-1000.