David M. Thomas
August 4, 1949 – August 5, 2019
David Michael Thomas, 70, of Spofford, passed away on August 5, 2019 with family by his side, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on August 4, 1949 in Plattsburg, NY, son of Carl and Betty Thomas.
Dave and his family relocated to Keene in 1957, where he attended Keene High School and graduated with the Class of 1967. He went on to study at New Hampshire Technical Institute and graduated in 1969. Following his education, he enlisted with the United States Army and served from 1972 to 74. In 1973 he married Linda Harlow whom he built a wonderful life with for 47 years. Settled back home, he began working for the family business, Carl B. Thomas Construction company, which he went on to run successfully with his sister Lynn.
As an active member of the community, Dave served as a Spofford Fire Commissioner since 1998. He was a dedicated member of the Society of Explosive Engineers and held the title of President from 1995 to 1997.
Dave was a special, talented, generous man with a wonderful sense of humor. He had a brilliant mind and was a true jack-of-all-trades. Dave was a beloved grandfather who cherished his family deeply. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida, giving boat rides to his grandchildren, and traveling with family and friends. He was passionate about golf and the New England Patriots.
Dave will be dearly missed by his wife Linda; sons: Matthew and his wife Merav, Jason and his wife Sarah, and Jonathan and his wife Jennifer; six grandchildren: Delia, Maeva, Finley, Lior, Maxwell, and Netta; brother Chris and his wife Donna; sister Lynn and her fiancé Steve; as well as eight nieces, three nephews, and countless friends.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Jeffrey.
Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00 am at the United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene, NH.
In lieu of flowers, family asks that memorial contributions be made in David M. Thomas’ name to Joan’s Pantry, P.O. Box 48, Spofford, NH 03462, or to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (www.BCAN.org).
- Calling Hours Monday, August 12, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, August 13, 2019
David M. Thomas
August 16, 2019
Dave was one of those special people who always made you feel important. Sandy and I will miss him as will countless others. I don't know why the good ones have to leave us so young.
Frank& Debi De Rose
August 12, 2019
Debi and I send our condolence to the family.
August 11, 2019
While stationed at Wesrover in the mid 60's I really got to know Dave. I spent every free moment I had at Pool pond and be with Carl and his family. I spent most of my time water skiing or driving the boat for Dave, Jeff and Chris's, then I did visiting with my brother and Betty. In later years when I visited Spofford although Dave was a very busy man he never failed to come by every day to say hi and see if we needed anything and wish us a good day. I should also say we had great times at there trailer, 12 people in that trailer was fun. The best thing I can say about Dave is he was a good person that loved his family and community and was willing to help anyone, anytime, anywhere. Dave will be dearly missed and I hope wherever he is he saves me a place because I know he is with a lot of special people in our lives
August 10, 2019
I knew of Dave through his involvement with the New England Blasters organization, and subsequently met him at a meeting of The ISEE, where he was manning his booth of D&L Thomas. There was an impressive table of wares, and we had some fun discussions about our common industry. It took no effort to determine Dave was a quiet but impressive person. In later years, I became President of ISEE and continued to keep in touch with Dave thorough our common businesses. During that time, I spoke with him about allowing himself to be placed into the line to become a member of the Board, knowing full well by this time, he would eventually make an outstanding President. I recall how the discussion went, I simply asked him “is there any reason why you couldn’t someday become President of this organization?”Dave was taken a bit by surprise but a few hours later he agreed to do so. When his Dad, Karl found that he had accepted my invite, he told me he was very proud that Dave would be further involved. Karl too, was a pleasure to know. Dave was a great person, a true friend and will be long remembered by his family, friends, and especially those of us in the blasting industry. Godspeed my friend.... Al
August 6, 2019
I work for DLC in Manchester, NH. While I didn’t know Dave really well, each time he visited, I was happy to see him. I very much admired and respected him. He always had a moment to praise and encourage me. I will miss his knowledge and his visits.
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