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Obituary of Raymond J. Thomas
Raymond Joseph Thomas
Monroe, New York
Raymond Thomas of Lords Valley, PA entered into rest on Sunday June 9, 2019. Son of the late Charles Thomas and Virginia Thomas (Kelly), Ray was born on December 16, 1939 in NYC. Ray was a 1957 graduate of Cardinal Hayes High School in Bronx, NY, later earning his Bachelor's degree from Iona College in New Rochelle NY.
Ray proudly served in the United States Navy as a Radar Man on the USS MacGowan (DD 678) which escorted the Yosemite (AD-19) from October 1957 to December 1960.
In 1967 he started his career with the New York State Police. He was first stationed in Stony Point where he made some lifelong friends. He then moved to the Monroe barracks and finally to Newburgh where he retired as a BCI Investigator in 1987. He had a long and distinguished career and even though he was retired, he always considered himself a Trooper. After his retirement from the State Police he went to work for Wakefern Food Corp. in Middletown NY in their loss prevention department. He finally retired for good in 2001.
Ray is survived by his beloved sister Barbara Knudsen and her husband Earl of Alburg, Vermont; his sister-in-law Pamela Thomas of upstate NY; his former wife Jeanne Thomas O'Hanlon of St Pete Beach FL; his daughter Kristine and Glenn Karch of Milford, PA; his son Brian and Catherine Thomas of Monroe, NY; his daughter Virginia and James Hambrick of Washingtonville, NY. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; Jason Karch, Amanda Karch, Katherine and Keith Fritschie, Wyatt Karch, Hunter Karch, Austin Thomas, Peter Thomas, Aidan Thomas, Sarah Hambrick and her fiancé Francis Winski, Elizabeth Hambrick, Rebecca Hambrick, James Hambrick, and Mary Kate Hambrick. As well as one great-granddaughter, Virginia Grace Winski and another great-granddaughter expected in September.
He was simply and lovingly known as UR to Eric and Kelly Knudsen, Adam and Sonell Knudsen, Matt and Karen Knudsen, CJ Knudsen, Matthew Thomas, Ashley, and Doug Porter.
Ray loved a good story, whether he was telling one or listening. He also enjoyed going to any of his children's homes, spending time with them, and having a home cooked meal.
Throughout his life he enjoyed shark fishing off of Montauk Long Island with former Troopers and friends. He attributes his years at sea as the reason that he and Captain Mundus were the only ones not green and seasick. He also enjoyed going to the hunting camp with his son Brian, his life-long friends Marty Cashin, and Billy Sutherland, and many other good friends. In his later years at the camp he wouldn't go out into the woods, but would keep the fire going and the beers cold.
Ray also enjoyed visiting for long weekends to his sister and brother in Vermont along Lake Champlain. While there he loved playing dominos, participating in family football pools, and just enjoying everyone's company.
Along with his parents, Ray is predeceased by his wife Lorraine Washburn Thomas, whom he was married to for 22 years. He is also predeceased by his beloved younger brother Stephen Thomas.
The family would like to thank the nurses from Residential Hospice; Joanna Thompson, Tasha Hendershot, Joan Ayers, Jessica Mills, Lorilinn O'Boyle, and Connie Bogumil.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Residential Hospice 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston PA 18704 or NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund, 48 Howard Street, Albany, NY 12207
All who knew him are welcomed to celebrate his life on Saturday July 13, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m. at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave, Monroe NY, 10950.
Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home 845-782-8185 www.ssqfuneralhome.com
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