Robert “Bob” Thomas of Warren passed away peacefully on Friday, January 1, 2021 at 12:16 a.m. in his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 73 years old.
Bob as he was affectionately known by friends and family was born on May 27, 1947 in New Bethlehem, PA, the son of the late Melvin F. and Loretta J. Kerr Thomas.
He was a 1965 graduate of Redbank Valley High School. Following high school Bob proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from May of 1966 to his honorable discharge in May of 1969.
Bob retired after 43 years from Severstal Steel, formerly Republic Steel. He worked in the scale shop and made countless friends who became his family.
Bob was a people person and loved by many. He enjoyed the simple things in life and enjoyed reminiscing about the “good old days”. He loved drag racing his 1980 Malibu and working on his cars with his sons, spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, cherishing the time spent at family gatherings, and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers Fan. Bob enjoyed listening to music and singing along to the songs. He enjoyed going to Sunday morning breakfast and watching old western movies. Mr. Thomas looked forward to going to deer camp with his family and friends every year and traveling to Pennsylvania to visit relatives. Most of all what sums up Bob’s true love was family. Those that knew him lost a compassionate and loving man. His loss will be felt by many and his legacy will live on in the hearts that loved him.
On April 25, 1970 Robert Married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Wilma Buzard Thomas. Together they shared 50 years of marriage and three children. 2 sons, Brian and Eric Thomas both of Warren; a daughter, Stacey (Lance Yarger, Jr.) of Vienna; He is also the loving grandpa to Nicholas Schillinger, Nicole (Mark) Treadway, Taylor Solakakis, Gabby Thomas, and Brian Thomas II. He adored his 3 beautiful great granddaughters, Briana, Luci, and Aubrey; 4 brothers, Terry Thomas, Dave (Dianna) Thomas, Gary (Marcy) Thomas, and Keith (Sandy) Thomas; a sister, Lisa Truitt; a mother-in-law, Bernice Buzard who loved him dearly and his brother-in-law Carl Buzard; also survived by numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his grandparents, The Rev. Albert and Elizabeth Thomas and William and Catherine Kerr; father-in-law, Ralph Buzard; a sister-in-law Norma Buzard; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
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Calling hours will be on Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services 614 Warren Ave. Niles, OH 44446.
A funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday with Military Honors to follow.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services 614 Warren Ave. Niles, OH 44446.
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