Willis Thomas

Obituary of Willis Thomas

NORTH LAWRENCE – Willis H. Thomas, "Willy" 89, passed away on May 14th at his home where he was born on March 5, 1928 the son of Harley J. and Marita I. (Richardson) Thomas. Willy was under the care and love of his life Gloria of 55 years and of Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

Arrangements are with the Flint Funeral Home, Moira.

Willy graduated from North Lawrence High School in 1948. He worked at the North Lawrence Milk Factory before his employment at Faubert Buick, Malone, NY where he worked as a mechanic until he entered the US Army on October 11, 1950. He served in Germany until his honorable discharge on September 24, 1952. Due to his hard work ethics Willy's job was held at Foubert Buick, where he was later sent to transmission school learning the trade as a transmission specialist.

In 1959 he decided to go into business for himself. Building his garage with the help of his carpenter father. He officially opened his garage as "Thomas Garage" for fifty years. Willy worked many long hours as a mechanic, buying, selling used parts, changing tires, and towing vehicles for the public. However he was always fascinated when he was called to move a house trailer, and he moved many with within the North Country. He was a people person and loved helping people whenever he could.

Willy also enjoyed building and racing cars. In 1966 he was the NASCAR "Official Record Holder" with his 1939 White Ford Coupe at the North Hudson Race Track.

1962 he met his best friend and the love of his life Gloria Brean, on a blind date which last over 55 years. He is also survived by a brother Robert of Chittenango, NY, three nephews, William and Ruthann Houle of Massena, Thomas of California, Danny Thomas of California, one niece Cindy and David Vanslyke of Syracuse, along with great niece and nephews.

Besides his parents he is predeceased by a sister Lois Houle, and a niece Julie and a sister-in-law Cathy Thomas.

A Memorial Service celebrating Willy's life will be held June 24, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Nicholville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Christian Remick presiding. Burial will commence in Hillcrest Cemetery with Military Honors.

However grateful in lieu flowers please consider memorial contributions to the Nicholville UMC, P.O Box 105 Nicholville, NY 12965 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley 6805 St Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.

Condolences may be shared at www.flintfuneralhomeny.com