|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1915|
|Death: ||Apr. 20, 2007|
The family of Chuck Thomas announces his passing on April 20, 2007. He had an unexpected stroke and passed away peacefully at his home in Napa, surrounded by his family.
Chuck will now be reunited with his loving wife, Ada, who passed away in 2003 after 62 years of marriage. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Orant and Triennial Tillie Thomas, and his two brothers Herbert and Walter.
Chuck was born on November 25, 1915 in Sebastopol, California, and was active in the Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Knights of Dunamis (Senior Boy Scouts). He received the "Gold Palm Eagle Scout"—the highest rating available in the Boys Scouts.
He graduated from Santa Rosa High School and earned his A.A. Degree from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1936. He studied Botany and his huge butterfly collection was on display in the halls of the college for years.
Chuck began his working career with several different jobs at the Union Oil Company of California. He then became the owner of The Napa Recreation from 1939-1957. The Recreation was a family restaurant and billiard establishment originally on Second Street, but moved to Coombs Street across from the old Napa Courthouse.
From 1957-1960, the family moved to Lewiston, California, where Chuck installed and managed a bowling alley for the Guy F. Atkinson Company while the Trinity Dam was being built.
From 1960-1993, he was the owner of Thomas Billiard Service on Main Street in Napa. He sold tables to such clients as Charles Schultz, Johnny Miller and Robert Mondavi. He was known for his longtime support in maintaining the tables for the Boys and Girls Club of Napa.
After retirement in 1993, he faithfully and with complete dedication, took care of his wife, who resided at Sierra Vista Nursing Facility for almost10 years. His devotion showed his great love for her.
Chuck was truly independent until the last few days of his life. His life was full. He loved his bowling, fishing, gardening, watching ball games and "trying his luck with the slot machines".
Years ago, he loved abalone fishing in the Gualala and Manchester areas. In recent years, he traveled and fished in Alaska, Eagle Lake (his favorite place) as well as several lakes in California. He caught a 125 lb. halibut and a 38 lb. salmon in Alaska.
He also enjoyed his bowling leagues through the years, especially his most recent one "Hits and Misses" at the Napa Bowl. His many bowling friends were his joy. He always spoke of them with much love and respect. The family thanks each and every one of you in the league for your love and concern for our father.
Chuck will live on in the lives of his children, Jon Thomas and his wife Jill of Fairfax, Virginia, JoAnn Pope and her husband Leonard, from Fresno, California, and Jary Thomas and his wife Mary, from Rio Vista, California, two grandchildren, Jonelle Dailey and her husband Nils, of Virginia and Justin Thomas and his wife Julie, of Reno, Nevada, and two great granddaughters, Lauren and Madeline Dailey of Virginia.
The family wishes to thank the Napa Policeman, who found dad in his home and the Piner's Ambulance Service for their care and safe transportation to the hospital. We also wish to thank the many nurses, aides and other medical personnel on the third floor north who helped dad while he was in the Queen of the Valley Hospital.
We thank his many doctors through the years, especially Dr. Andrea Clarke who gave tireless, unselfish and outstanding medical care through the last challenge of dad's life. She helped to make his final journey a smooth one.
We thank Dr. Eleanor Hynote for helping dad to maintain his good health through the years.
We thank Hospice of Napa Valley who helped our family with care and kindness in his final days.
We thank his many family members, friends and loving neighbors, who have kept in touch recently.
We children thank dad for instilling in us a strong foundation of morals, ethics and pride. He provided guidance, wisdom and humor throughout our lives. He taught us about life by being a good man himself. He was an inspiration to us all—he touched the lives of others. We will miss him greatly, but we have awesome memories and we know in our hearts that we will be with him again someday.
A man's legacy is not riches, possessions or worldly goods of any kind. It is the way he lived, the lives he touched, and the promises he kept. This was the kind of man Chuck was!
A small service for his family and friends will be held in the chapel at Tulocay Cemetery on Saturday April 28 at 1:00pm. Following the service, guests may visit a special niche in the Mausoleum Building, where Chuck has joined his wife. Arrangements are under the direction of Richard Pierce Funeral Service and condolences may be sent to the family on-line at WWW.RPFSC.COM.
In lieu of flowers, we hope remembrances and prayers can be sent to Hospice of Napa Valley, 414 S. Jefferson St., Napa, CA 94559 or by simply doing a good deed or act of kindness toward another human being or animal in remembrance of Chuck.
May he rest in peace.
Carrying his spirit, we thank everyone with much love from our hearts.
Jon & Jill, Jo Ann & Leonard, Jary & Mary
Ada Wisecarver Thomas (1916 - 2003)*
Created by: Geraldine "Gerry" Hume...
Record added: May 10, 2007
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