Edward Anthony Thomas
January 10, 1942 - September 24, 2013
Edward Anthony Thomas was born to Erwin and Esther Thomas in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1942, the seventh of twelve children. Ed moved with his family to Detroit, Michigan in 1944 and went to school at Precious Blood Catholic School where he participated in school choir. He attended Cathedral Central and graduated in 1959. While in high school he learned to make his famous onion rings at the Cape Codder restaurant.

Ed served in the US Navy as a Machinist Mate Third Class upon the USS Pyro between 1961 and 1965. He served in Vietnam as part of the West Pacific Fleet and sailed on the only munitions ship to travel along the Da Nang river to resupply combat troops.

Ed moved to Walled Lake and purchased his first house on East Lake Drive in 1970. On an introduction from his sister, he met Nancy Morrison and after a brief courtship proposed. They were married November 19, 1971 and had three children: Robert Edward, Margaret Anne, and Michael John. He sacrificed his personal free time to work second jobs, attend dance recitals, school programs, baseball games and track meets.

Ed worked in his father’s Walled Lake auto parts store prior to buying the business in 1977. In 1983 he sold the business and began working at the General Motors Milford Proving Grounds as a financial analyst. After enjoying a productive career at General Motors, Ed retired and worked as a handyman and volunteered at St. William Parish. Shortly after, Ed became the Business Manager for the parish and was quickly working his usual overtime schedule. He was at the ready to lend his extensive collection of tools and fix-it expertise to help others repair what was broken. With a mechanical and analytical mind, he dabbled in his own inventions and “more power” improvements.

Affectionately known as Papa, Ed was grandfather to eight grandchildren: Brendan Edward, Gregory Michael, Shawn Patrick, Ryan Hanson, Samantha Michelle, Isabella Arzona, Franklin Edward and William (Liam) Edward. He gladly spent as much time as he could with each one individually and celebrated them collectively with anyone who would listen.

He will be missed for his positive disposition, commitment to service, readiness to help, and unwavering commitment to family.

Funeral mass from St. William Catholic Church 531 Common Street Walled Lake Monday 10 AM (In State 9:30 AM). Interment Wixom Cemetery. Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 340 N. Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Saturday 6-9 PM and Sunday 1-9 PM (Vigil Service 7 PM). Memorials to St. William Parish appreciated.



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Condolences:
Nancy and family, so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. This is a wonderful obit for a great and honorable man. God bless you all as you grieve and remember and honor him. Thinking back on lots of good memories on Harlow. Can't believe we are becoming the old folks now. xxoo

Chris Carpenter Cannon

So sorry for your loss, praying for the whole family? Laurie Carpenter

Laurie Gregory

Nancy, Bob, Meg & Mike, My sympathy to all of you! Ed was such a kind, gentle man.

Carol Harter

I want to express my sympathy to the family of Edward Thomas. I attended Gr. Sch. with Edward at PB. we also connected at the Auto Parts store when he was in business with his father. in recent years we had a connection to the Parish at St. William I will alert the PB alumni from our class of his death, Req. in Pace

John R. MacInnis

Hi Nancy, This obituary is such a tribute to your husband Ed. I am sorry for your families great loss and my family will be keeping you all in prayer during this difficult time. May the Lord sustain you during this time with rich good memories of your husband Ed. The obit shows that Ed lived life to it's fullest with faith and love.

Gerianne (Carpenter) Coats

Nancy and Children, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all now and in the coming weeks. What a surprise to all. We loved his smile , great little conversations. Truly a faithful man he was to all. Love and God Bless, Tom , Char Moersch and Family

char and Tom Moersch

Nancy we are so sorry, we love Ed and will miss him very much! Our hearts are filled with sorrow, we are thinking of you and the family. Our thoughts and prayers to you. Love Paul and Lynne Gursky

Lynne Gursky

OUR SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO THE WHOLE FAMILY AT YOUR TIME OF SORROW.

NORM AND LAVERNE JINERSON

Nancy and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers and thoughts. Your husband sounds like quite a guy and it is clear that he will be greatly missed. God will give you strength and peace. With much sympathy, Judy

Judy (Gregory) McGibbon

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mark and Amy (Cybulski) Phillips

I am truly saddened upon hearing of Ed's passing, what a shock. My deepest sympathy to you, Nancy & all of your family. My prayers are with you all. Peace be with you. Love, Jere Phillips & family

Jere Phillips

We are so sorry for your loss Nancy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

The Scott Ziegler Family

Nancy and family, We are so sorry for your loss, it won't be the same at St. William without him. The Hammerschmidt Family

linda hammerschmidt

Florence and I were sorry to learn of Ed's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. Being so far away we try to keep up through the St. William bulletin and were saddened when we saw that Ed had passed. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We miss you. Love Larry and Florence.

Larry and Florence Kotlarek

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