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In Memory of Arthur Lloyd Thomas

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden unexpected death of our precious father, grandfather and great-grandfather who passed to his heavenly home quietly at the age of 86 years 11 months on November 3rd in hospital with family by his side. 

He was the dear, loving husband of Gail (predeceased 2021) for over 62 years.  Treasured father to Peter (Denise), John (predeceased) and Sharon (Alan).  Loving Poppy to grandsons Brad (Taryn) and Matt (Sara).  Blessed with great-grandsons Rory and Rowan and great-granddaughters Maeve and Isla. Dad loved all the kids dearly, grand and great, and his heart melted every time he saw the little ones.

Dad was born in December 1936 in Deer Lake, Newfoundland to Maxwell and Mae Thomas (nee White). He grew up in the small town of King’s Point where he enjoyed life fishing, hunting and working in the woods. He was the eldest of 8 children. He will be dearly missed by his sisters Queen (Frank predeceased), Maxine (Andy) and Judy (Brian) and brothers Clyde (Ruth Ann) and Rick (Doreen). He was predeceased by sisters and brothers-in-law Marilyn (Alton) and Pearl (Rod). He will also be missed by sister-in-law Beverly (Mom’s sister) in Kingston.   

Coming from a large family, Dad will also be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews in Newfoundland, Alberta, Ottawa and Kingston.

Dad joined the RCAF in 1956 and later posted to Ottawa where he eventually met Mom and they were married. Dad left the RCAF in 1961 and worked for CBNRC (CSE) until 1966. He then made his final career move to CBC-Radio Canada International (Ottawa Shortwave Monitoring Station) where he remained until retirement at age 65.  Dad loved all his jobs and often shared fond memories of the people he worked with.

Dad stayed up to date on all current events. He loved to read as proven by the huge library of books he had ranging from ancient history to theological writings. He had a remarkable memory and right up until he passed, he still had the ability to recite poems, stories and songs that he learned throughout his childhood.

Dad loved to be with family and friends.  He had a kind & generous heart, always blessing those in need. Dad was strong in his faith and never missed a day praying for family & friends. He was a long-time member of Community Pentecostal Church where he served in many capacities through the years.  Dad treasured the friendships he & Mom made during those times.

While we will miss you terribly, we know you are safe in the arms of Jesus and will see you again in heaven!

Visitation and service will be held at Community Pentecostal Church 1825 St. Joseph Blvd. in Orleans on Monday, November 13th. Visitation will begin at 10:30am with Service at 11:30am. A private internment will take place at Dale’s Cemetery in Cumberland immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to CHEO, the Ottawa Heart Institute, Montfort Hospital or a charity of your choice. 

Special thank you to the paramedics, ER doctors, nurses, as well as the Palliative Care Team and 6th Flr staff at the Montfort Hospital for their professionalism, care and compassion during a very difficult time.

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My deepest condolences to Sharon, Peter, and family. I was your neighbours for 17 years, and we grew up together; our childhoods are forever connected and your family will always have a spot in my heart. I remember your parents warm smiles whenever I came over. One small fond memory is that your parents would ensure that you had creme soda and orange flavour Pop Shop for me, even though your family didn’t drink it! My heart is with you at this difficult time.

Lloyd was what I consider to be one of my best friends. We had many discussions on mutual subjects most importantly our shared faith. Lloyd was an excellent student of the bible and I learned many significant insights from him. It was rather shocking to hear he had passed so suddenly having spoken with him just two days previously. I will miss him dearly but knowing we will meet again in glory gives me a degree of comfort and I hope and pray the same applies to the family.

Lloyd led by example, one that allowed me to cherish quiet, peace, humility, kindness, calm, understanding. Thank you for your impact on my life dear man. Your lessons are forever in my soul.

Sharon, Peter and family’s
My sincere sympathy to you all. I will surely miss my weekly trips with your Dad to Tim’s at the Plaza in Orleans. ” WOW ” Your Dad was so nolageable about Bible history and memory about his childhood in Newfoundland that I cherished every cup of coffee with him.
Thank you Lloyd for being my friend.
I will miss you.

Peter, Sharon, Brad, Matt

Our deepest condolences for your loss. I have many fond memories of the times spent in the Thomas household while growing up including a visit to your dad’s (grandfather’s) parents in King’s Point. I remember Lloyd as a peaceful, levelheaded, caring man who was a great role model for his entire family. We wish you peace and comfort in this difficult time.

We’re saddened by the news of Uncle Lloyd’s passing. He will be remembered as a gentle and caring Brother and Uncle. We will always cherish your family’s visits to Newfoundland, from the back-to-school photo that Uncle Lloyd always took in our driveway to our yearly family meal together at MacDonald’s in Corner Brook overlooking the Tableland Mountains. We’re thinking of you all.

To Sharon, Alan, Peter, Denise, Brad, Taryn, Matt and Sara,

We are very saddened to hear of Uncle Lloyd’s passing. He was always so kind to us and we will cherish our memories of his and Aunt Gail’s summertime visits to Newfoundland. It is difficult to come up with the right words at a time like this. Our prayer is that you would find peace, comfort and all the support you need in the days to come. Sending our love to you all.

Sharon and Peter and families,

We are saddened to hear of Uncle Lloyd’s passing. Uncle Lloyd was so special to our family and he led such an amazing life; of which, he shared with us every summer consistently. His arrival and visits with Aunt Gail to King’s Point were highly antipcated and were always so lovely. I remember soaking up his stories and his thoughtful opinions and views on life and whatever the topic of conversation was that day. He will be missed very much.

We are sending love and thinking of you all in the days and weeks to come.

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