Paul Thomas, 91, died on July 13, 2022 at the Allied Services Hospice Center in Scranton. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marge (Walsh) Thomas.
Paul was born July 5, 1931 to the late Paul and Mabel Thomas. Though beloved by his later-adopted communities in Clarks Green and Lake Winola, Paul was a West Sider at heart. He met his wife Marge at West Scranton High School, and they raised their three children in West Side. A former standout athlete for the Invaders’ football, baseball, and basketball programs, Paul passed on his competitive spirit and love of sports to his children and grandchildren.
Paul was a great—and more importantly, good—businessman. He owned two Ford dealerships, Gateway Ford in Tunkhannock and Montrose Motors in Montrose. He was a fixture in both places, where he was known for his generosity and loyal friendship. Honest and hardworking, Paul had numerous customers who bought their cars exclusively from him for decades—many even after moving out of state.
Paul was devoted to his family and spent his life building a solid foundation that continues to support and sustain his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Physically, this foundation is best exemplified by Paul and Marge’s summer home at Lake Winola, which has been the source of countless happy memories for generations of Thomas kids (and their many friends, who were always welcomed with open arms). This foundation is even better represented, however, by Paul and Marge’s happy marriage of nearly 72 years. Their marriage was at the heart of the warm, fun-filled home they created for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It also set an example for all of them on how loving your family is key to a joyful and meaningful life.
Paul is survived by his three children, Sandy and her husband Denny McGraw of Clarks Green, Paul and his wife Cheryl of Naples, Fla., and Doug and his wife Cheryl of Tunkhannock. Paul is also survived by eight grandchildren, Lauren (McGraw) Abel, Kelly (Thomas) Niebrugge, Courtney (McGraw) Healy, Austin Thomas, Cara (Thomas) O’Malley, Kirby (Thomas) West, Tori Thomas, and Douglas Thomas, as well as twelve great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, June Neary and Dale Lewis, and a brother, Don Thomas.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 6:30pm in the Jackson Street Baptist Church 1206 Jackson Street, Scranton by Rev. Dr. Elliott Cooke.
Friends and family may call Friday from 4:30pm until 6:25pm in the church.
Interment, private in Clarks Green Cemetery.