Lima Family Erickson Memorial Chapel

710 Willow Street, San Jose, CA


Harold Lee Thomas

11 enero , 19509 septiembre , 2015
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Harold Lee Thomas Jr. departed his life Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the Veterans Hospital in Palo Alto. Harold was the only son of Harold and Thelma Thomas. He was born January 11, 1950 in Hemingway, South Carolina. His early years were spent in Oklahoma, then South Carolina until the age of seven. He was known as Rooster as a child. In 1957 his parents moved their family to the Bay Area. San Jose has been his home for most of his live. Harold graduated from Andrew P. Hill High School in 1968. He entered the U.S. Army in October 1968. Three months later he found himself in Viet Nam. Harold was a Proud American and proud of his service to this country, for which he was awarded numerous metals, including 3 Bronze Stars. His family was very proud of him. After being discharged from the Army, he worked at a few different jobs until joining the roofers union. He retired after 30+ years.

He became a proud father at the age of 23 when his son and only child was born July 29, 1973. He married Shirley Birlew September 28, 2013. He was a devoted son, who checked on his mother almost daily. Tending to her garden, repairing what ever needed to be fixed or just spending time with her.

His passion was motorcycles. There was nothing he enjoyed more than to hit the highway on his Harley with the wind and the bugs in his face and his many friends by his side.

Harold is survived by his wife, Shirley, his son James, (Jim) and daughter-in-law Laura of Central Point, Oregon, his mother Thelma Johnson of Morgan Hill, CA, his step-daughter Nicole Simpson of Visalia, CA, his five sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary & Brad Brandon of Meeker, OK, Paula & Ray Guerrero of San Jose, CA, Sue & Willy Hernandez of San Jose, CA, Theresa & Rudy Guerrero of San Jose, CA, and Lori De Leon of San Bruno, CA.

He was very close to his nieces and nephews, who adored him. Many of them calls him their hero. He as 12 nieces and nephews, 18 great and 4 great-great. Harold was predeased by his father, Harold Lee Thomas SR., his grandparents Leo and Lena Thomas and James and Eva Goins, his sister Cassandra Michelle Thomas and his niece, Carol Renae Hernandez.

Harold had many friends to numerous to mention at the risk of accidently leaving someone out, many he had know since childhood. The Special ones know who they are.


  • Visitation jueves, 17 septiembre , 2015
  • Prayer Service jueves, 17 septiembre , 2015
  • Funeral Service viernes, 18 septiembre , 2015


Harold Lee Thomas


Steve Faria

20 septiembre , 2015

H T , Our loss , The Promised Land gain ! You weren't only a brother to your many sisters . A Solid -Stand-Up-Dude always .Had my-Back more than once . Thanks for everything Bro .
RIP my Brother
Absent the body, Present with the lord .
( and that's not a bad thing )

Bill Losinger

20 septiembre , 2015

You are going to be miss old man ML&R may you ride free until we meet again I'm honored to have known you

Diane Jewell-Renaud

18 septiembre , 2015

Rest in Peace Harold!
Your friendship will never be forgotten! From Melody Park & Beyond.
My Sincere Condolences to the Family!


17 septiembre , 2015

Rest in paradise Harold Thomas I will never forget what you did for me you were an awesome man, and an awesome friend

Daniel Bandy II

17 septiembre , 2015

My good friend you will be missed greatly. I am so glad to have been a part of your life. You 'shared' your life experience with me and helped me be a better man for it.

Your daughter Nikki

17 septiembre , 2015

I love you and I couldn't of asked for a better dad. I wish we had more time together. Sleep with the angels dad. Rest In Peace.

Stephanie Alvarez-Garcia

17 septiembre , 2015

Good Bye my friend, so glad my family and I got to be a part of your life. You hold a special place in our hearts. Love Always,
The Tango Way Family...
Stephanie & Joseph Garcia

JoAnn Holliday

17 septiembre , 2015

I too have know you for years and you were always such a kind and gentle wonderful friend. I will miss you and I know we will meet again. You are in some wonderful company there in heaven. God bless Love you always JoAnn

17 septiembre , 2015

Harold has been my friend going back to the early 60's when his family moved into the neighborhood where I still have a home. We went seperate roads during our lives, but we always seemed to meet up at different times. I will miss those times we had together. Good bye old friend Harold, H.T.

I send my sincere condolences to the entire family.

Gene Green and My family.

Bob & Rita Alvarez

16 septiembre , 2015

To our beautiful Thomas Family, words cannot express our deepest sympathy for you all. We will miss Harold and will cherish all the memories. We lift you up in prayer and hope to see you soon. Love Always The Alvarez Family...
Bob & Rita