SAUGUS, formerly of Malden - Mr. Gerrit J. Thomas, Jr. age 88, died on Sunday, June 30th at the Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington. He was the husband of the late Carmela “Millie” (DiStaso) Thomas.
Born in Malden, he was the son of the late Gerrit & Gertrude (Dvriz) Thomas. Gerrit served in the 182 Infantry, Massachusetts National Guard. He worked as a casket manufacturer for the former Malden Casket. He was also a member of the Shriner’s Aleppo Temple, Council on Aging & Converse Lodge of Wakefield. His hobby was ballroom dancing & would often volunteer his time for many causes.
Gerrit leaves two daughters, Elizabeth A. Thomas of Saugus, Marie Sheehan of Danvers; one son, William J. Thomas of Raymond, NH; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also thoroughly enjoyed his 2 cats, Sunny Day Thomas and Shaggy D.A.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc. at www.heart.org or to American Kidney Foundation at www.kidneyfund.org/pledge.
Relatives & friends are invited to attend a funeral service in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., SAUGUS on Friday at 11 a.m. Visitation prior to service, 10-11 a.m.
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