Michael J. Thomas Jr.

Date of Passing:

March 1, 2022

Thomas, Michael J., Jr., 82, of Riverside, passed away on Tuesday March 1, 2022 at Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center, Providence. He was the son of the late Michael J. Thomas Sr. and Victoria (Maroun) Thomas.

Michael received his Bachelor’s degree from Providence College and then continued his education at Rhode Island College, earning two Master’s degrees.

In 1964, he began his teaching career at St. Charles Elementary School in Providence, where he was a teacher, Assistant Principal and eventually Principal. In 1972, he was a History Teacher at East Providence High School until he retired in 1996. He was Assistant Hockey Coach from 1973-1982 and was also the Tennis Coach for nine years throughout his career. Professional Organizations include EPEA, NEARI and the City of East Providence Beautification Commission. Michael was also the co-owner of Feather and Quill Antiques.

Michael was also a supporter of the Autism Society, the RI Lung Association, The Tomorrow Fund, the Candlelighters Group, PTA and DAV. In 1987-1992 he was the Chief Examiner for the Adult Education Program, the Satellite Supervisor for CCRI Adult Education commencing in 1993 and a Student Counselor at CCRI. He was also a collector at Our Lady of Loretto Church and St. Brendan’s Church.

He is survived by his wife Karen of 39 years; brother, Richard Thomas and his four children, Michael J. Thomas III of Barrington, Scott Thomas of Lincoln, Adam Medeiros of Bristol and Lisa Medeiros Laliberte of West Greenwich. Michael is also survived by his grandson, Dylan Thomas Morley of West Greenwich.

Funeral services are private.

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17 Comments

  1. I am saddened to hear the news of Mr. Thomas. I was a student at St Charles School and had Mr T as one of my teachers. So many good memories of him and our 8th grade class. (1968)
    He meant so much to all of us… he was my favorite of all teachers. He was a great educator that could combine teaching with fun. My heartfelt sympathy to the Thomas Family. RIP Mr. T

  2. Dear Karen and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. “Mr. T” was our teacher at St. Charles (8th grade class of 1968). He had such a positive impact on so many students over the years. As Henry Adams said, “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” It was wonderful to have him join us for our 40th reunion in 2008. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, Mary (Corrigan) Thomis

  3. Karen, so sorry to read of Mike’s passing. So enjoyed dinner with you both at Dartmouth Ave. Please know you are in my prayers. He was a special guy.

  4. Karen: so sorry to hear this tragic news about Mike. Michael

  5. Simply put the best teacher I ever had. He encouraged independent thought and debate and was always there when you had a problem to offer sound advice and guidance. A fantastic man who lead an equally fantastic life. RIP Mr Thomas.

  6. Mr.Thomas ;

    You will be sadly missed .Great teacher, coach and person. Thanks for the laughs.

    Philip Poirier

  7. To Mike’s Family:
    I had Mr Thomas as my teacher for 2 years in HS (1978). It was my only class I looked forward to and it was not always the material, it was him. I have referenced him throughout my life because of the human being he was. He treated us as young adults and partners in learning. After graduation, I had a few lunches with him and some other classmates. He was an amazing teacher but even more so an amazing man. How lucky we all are to have had him in our lives. My condolocesnes to all who.loved him and there were many.

  8. I was saddened by the news of Mr. Thomas’ passing. He was good guy and I have many fond memories of him as my teacher and coach while I was at EP. The positive images of those high-school years with him remind of how fortunate I was to have a fine person of his caliber intersect my life. Thanks Mr. Thomas. I am glad to have known you. God Bless You!

  9. Mike you were always a good neighbor and the son of my good friend Vickie.
    You had a beautiful family who I’m sure will miss you very much.
    Our condolences to your wife, Karen, and your brother, Dick, and your children and their families. Bob Fricker and Pauline Leonard

  10. I was fortunate to have Mr. Thomas as my 8th grade teacher at St. Charles School in 1968. He was a terrific teacher and a great guy. I was saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to The Thomas Family.

  11. Mike (Sid) I love you so much. You were there always for me. I will miss our rides every day. I will also miss hanging out on the deck and so many other wonderful times together. Love you forever, Blue.

  12. Dear Karen, Lisa and Adam
    My deepest condolences
    I have fond memories of growing up around the Dartmouth Ave house. Sending you love

  13. I was fortunate to work with Mike at EPHS from 1984 until he retired. May he Rest In Peace.
    I will keep Mike in my prayers.
    Lisa, I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time

  14. Rest In Peace Michael. My condolences to the Thomas family.
    Norman Audino LaSalle class of 1956

  15. Mike was an amazing Father. Although we’re not blood related, he ALWAYS made it known that I was his daughter. He believed in me and supported me always. I’m lucky to have had him in my life. I could go on and on about how he would give EPHS kids lunch money, wise council, or help with rent, groceries, etc. He was an amazing man. I miss him dearly.

  16. Mike was a wonderful person.He and I taught in East Providence.He was a great co worker and a joy to know.I will keep his family in prayer during this difficult time, and I pray that he will Rest In Peace🌺🙏

  17. dear karen, i am so sorry for your loss of michael. i have many fond memories of our times together in the antique business. mike was one of the good guys. best regards, marvin rubin

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