Griffith J. Thomas

Date of Passing:

October 15, 2020

Thomas, Griffith J., 86, of Lindy Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully at home on October 15, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Jane (Booth) Thomas.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Bertha (Shoesmith) Thomas, he lived in Riverside for 65 years.

Mr. Thomas was a Senior Planner for the former Davol Rubber Company for 44 years before retiring in 1997.

Griffith enjoyed spending time with his loving family. He loved going to the raffle at the Lincoln Men’s Bar.

Besides his wife of sixty five years, he is survived by his children, William R. Thomas, Susan E. Thomas and Brett D. Thomas all of Riverside; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was the father of the late Marilyn Norberg and brother of the late Shirley Thomas, Alice J. O’Brien and Robert Thomas.

Calling hours will be held in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside on Saturday November 28, 2020 from 3-5p.m. The guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health will be observed. Face coverings are required and only ten people will be allowed in the building at a time.

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  1. Griff Thomas was a very special kind of man. He was a gentle soul who I never heard speak badly of anyone. A real family man, his kids and lovely wife Jane were the center of his universe.
    As someone who was fortunate enough to be called his Son in law, I looked up to him and had a great respect for his opinion and his way of seeing things.
    I will never forget some of the great talks we had. RIP my friend.

  2. Very sorry for your loss.. may he rest in peace

  3. Dear Thomas family,

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers with you all. I spent a lot of years working both Friday nights and the raffles on Saturday. Griff was one of my favorite people that I dealt with, I had a lot of laughs with that crew, but Griff was a class act, always a gentlemen. May he rest in peace. God Bless.

  4. Dear Thomas Family,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of Griffith (Mr. Thomas to me). Many great memories from my early days on Lindy Ave, and spending time at the Thomas House with Brett. Peace be with you all at this difficult time.

    John Estrella

  5. Dear Brett and family,

    My deepest condolences on the passing of Griffith. I am a friend of Brett and we have been in communication over the past two years. If you believe like I believe, Griffith is now in the best shape of his life, doing what he loved to do, surrounded by friends and family in heaven. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Dear Jane and family,

    So sorry for your loss. So many great Lindy Avenue memories with your family including Bill being at many family events as our DJ. Not to mention Marilyn as my neighborhood friend. Loving thoughts to you. Kathy Newman and Gibby Medeiros

  7. No lie, we thought of you just yesterday and wondered how you were doing. We missed you popping into the local for some Keno and some laughs. Those moments we’ll surely miss. Rest in Peace, Griff. Bill and family, we’re saddened by your loss.

    Steve and Chris (Buca)

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