Obituaries

Edward A. Thomas

September 27th, 2015

Edward A. Thomas, age 89, of East Wakefield, NH, died peacefully on September 23, 2015, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Lynn on Christmas day 1925, dear son of the late Allan and Isabel (Nichols) Thomas, and the youngest of seven siblings.

A proud Marine, he served his country in WWII with the Fourth Marine Division and received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained on Iwo Jima.

He married the love of his life, Nickie (Audrey L. Nickerson) in 1948 and moved to Wilmington, MA in 1955, where they raised their family.

Ed worked as a lithographer for the Wright Offset Plate Company in Cambridge until his retirement. He was a past president and an active member of the Tewksbury Rod and Gun Club for many years. He was an active bullseye pistol competitor in the Merrimack Valley Pistol League and later in the New Hampshire Pistol League.

He was also a devoted member and past officer of the First Parish Unitarian Church in Billerica. He was predeceased by his beloved wife in 1972.

In 1987, he built his retirement home at his cherished Province Lake, and has enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren grow to love it the way he did. He loved feeding the birds, delighted in the yearly return of the orioles and hummingbirds, and enjoyed watching the eagles on the lake. He looked forward to his daily breakfast of blueberry pancakes with his many good friends and the owners of Papa’s Kitchen, Kyle and Paula. He recently returned from Camp Lejeune where he and his family attended the “final muster” for the 4th Marine Division Association. It was the last of many Marine reunions which he and his son had attended, and was one of the many highlights in his long life.

Edward was the loving father of Ronald E. Thomas and his wife Sue E. of Northwood, NH, Wendy L. O’Rourke and her husband Michael P. of Highlands Ranch, CO, and Becky S. Lightizer and her husband Jeffrey of Plaistow, NH. Cherished grandfather of Jason D. O’Rourke and his wife Annie, Chad J. Thomas and his wife Laura, Katie O’Rourke, Heather J. Pearson and her husband Adam, Jesse A. Thomas, Scot A. Lightizer, and Jacob T. Lightizer, and proud great-grandfather of Anna J. and Emily H. Pearson. Ed will also be missed by nieces, nephews, and his many friends. Well lived, well loved, and greatly missed.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, October 8th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, October 9th at 11:00 a.m. in the First Parish Unitarian Church, 7 Concord Road, Billerica, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Edward’s memory may be made to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), Attn: Memorials, 533 W. Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335 or to Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057. His family plans a celebration of his life to be held at the lake, at a future date, to be announced later.

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16 Entries in Guest Book for “Edward A. Thomas”

  1. Neil Rowe says:

    Becky and Family:

    Will miss your Dad, overlooking the Lake from the picture window of the Retirement Home. Watched him for many years heading for breakfast, could set my watch by him, if I had one. Hope the Family can continue to enjoy the place as much as he did. Watched the Boy’s grow up as they walked to the campgrounds. He will be looking down to watch the younger members grow up and the others progress thru life. God Bless!!

  2. Pat Chiasson says:

    Dear Becky,

    The Lake is not going to be quite the same without your Dad. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Hope knowing he lived a long life on his own terms (with great support from you and your family) is very comforting. Best wishes to you and your family.

  3. Jim Bartlett says:

    Hi Rebecca, sorry to hear about your Dad, he was a great guy, will miss visiting him at the lake.

  4. Laura Blair says:

    So sorry Becky. May he rest in peace.

  5. Lynne Wagstaff says:

    My condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Rich Wyatt says:

    My deepest Condolences Becky. Edward is a true hero who served his country proudly and lived his life respectfully; a life we all should emulate. RIP.

  7. Michael Byrne says:

    Becky, Wendy and Ron – I was so sorry when Beth told me that Ed had passed away. He, and you, were part of so many memories at Province Lake. There was a tightly knit group of neighbors along Bonneyman Road: the Thomases, the Murphys, the Paynes, the Byrnes ,the Chaissons and the Rowes whether it be at the annual Labor Day cookout or the many campfires ‘up back’ with the Davidsons and Wimpy and Ruth. Many fine memories.
    I was happy to have stopped by and spoke with Ed when I was at Province Lake in 2013. He was a fine man, always so pleasant and outgoing. My condolences to you and your children.

  8. Jane Sigillo says:

    Dear Becky and family,
    Truly sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful man, and so loved. May your many beautiful memories keep him ever close in your hearts.
    Love, Jane

  9. Pat Kantorosinski says:

    I grieve with you in the loss of your dad, my Uncle Ed. He was such a wonderful man. They don’t come any finer than him. Of course, it would take a wonderful person to raise such fantastic children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

    God bless you during this very difficult time and always.

    Love you!

    Cousin Patty

  10. Ernie and Penny Card says:

    Dear Becky, We are truly sorry for the loss of your Dad. It sounds like he lived a fantastic life especially with his family and the Lake. Sending warm hugs to you! Love, Penny and Ernie xoxo

  11. Christine Henebury says:

    Dear Becky, Jeff and boys
    , Your dad’s passing will leave a big hole in many hearts.But I know it will be filled with all the loving memories he has left behind.He loved his family and extended those warm feelings to their friends as well.I will miss him. My deepest condolences to you all. Love, Christine

  12. Jeffrey and Susan Thomas says:

    Dear Becky,Jeff and boys and Wendy and Ronnie and their families; We are very sorry for the loss of our uncle and your Dad whom we loved dearly and we will miss him very much. He was a wonderful uncle and great man who loved all of his nephews and nieces and wasn’t shy of telling us all. God Be with you all and know that He is with you through this sad time.We are praying for you all. With much love, Jeff and Susan Thomas

  13. Donna and Jack Paone says:

    Dear Becky, Jeff, and the Boys,
    We are sorry to hear of your father and grandfather. He will be missed. I will remember him smiling and how much he loved all of you.
    Becky we have a special bond and although its hard to let him go we both know it was his time and he is resting now.
    Love Donna

  14. Henriette says:

    My condolences to you Wendy and your family.Your dad who has been such a good dad will be missed a lot, but we keep our loved ones in our heart and they go on living with us in our everyday life. Henriette. France.

  15. Beth (Byrne) & JJ Cremmen says:

    Dear Becky & family,
    I have known your Dad my entire life. I agree with Pat, he is truly one of the nicest men I have ever, ever met. My Dad shared some beautiful memories that I have as well. I smile when I think of him. May you take comfort in your memories as well. You and your family have every reason to be proud, as does he. He will forever be remembered to me as Mr. Thomas. Love, Beth & JJ

  16. Ann Craffey Duchesne says:

    Becky, Wendy and Ron,
    My husband Steve and myself are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. We always enjoyed spending time with him at the lake during the summer. He was an amazing man, so kindhearted and a fascinating historian. His love of family is a blessing you will always cherish. He will be missed by us.
    Sincerely, Ann Craffey Duchesne

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