Robert Thomas

Robert E. Thomas

Friday, June 21st, 2019
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Robert E. Thomas, age 82, of Caton, passed away on Friday, June 21st, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.
He was born on August 2nd, 1936 in Corning, the son of Earl and Laura Smalt Thomas. He married Barbara M. Riesbeck on January 8, 1994 in Horseheads.

Bob enjoyed spending his time with family and friends anytime whether it be while traveling, or at home Caton, or while in Vero Beach Florida. Bob and Barb traveled extensively in their motor home, including Florida, Texas, and Nova Scotia. He cherished the trips to Africa where he went on 3 African Safari's, he was an avid hunter, loved air-boating, and he enjoyed every opportunity to join a poker or euchre card game. Bob was a life time member of the Caton Volunteer Fire Dept, the Corning Masonic Lodge, the Corning Elks, the Vero Beach Moose, the Bath Royal Arch Masons, and the St. John's River Air-Boat Association. He worked as a TV repairman, a Juke Box repairman, and he owned his own cab and dump truck. Bob owned and operated T&T Bus Company, Pathfinder Coach Lines in Oneonta, and a limo business.

He is survived by wife of 25 years, Barbara Thomas, children and their spouses, Jim and Susan Thomas, Steven and Darla Thomas, Linda and Ron Stone, Nancy and John Kees, Vern and Terri Thomas, and Luke and Jodi Thomas, step children and their spouses, Paul Card, Lee and Penny Card, Mike and Diana Card, Carl and Lori Card, Susan and Rick Nelson, David and Jennifer Card, and Jeff and Diane Card, 16 grandchildren, 16 step grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 25 step great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his brothers, Art (Margie) Thomas and Alvin "Bud" (Barb) Thomas.

Family and friends are invited to call at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service 17 W. Pulteney Street Corning on Monday, June 24th, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A Masonic Service will take place following visitation at 7:00. A celebration of Bob's life will take place at the funeral home on Tuesday at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Caton. All are invited to join the family for a gathering at the Caton Fire Department immediately following the time at the cemetery.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Brian Cassetta for his excellent care of Bob

Those wishing may make donations to Kindred at Home, 11849 E Corning Rd #108, Corning, NY 14830, CareFirst, 3805 Meads Creek Road, Painted Post, NY 14870, or the Caton Volunteer Fire Department, 1118 Caton Rd, Corning, NY 14830.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, June 24th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service
    17 W. Pulteney Street
    Corning, New York 14830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service
    17 W. Pulteney Street
    Corning, New York 14830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Mort Gridley
  • Interment

    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 12:30pm
    Elmwood Cemetery
    Hendy Hollow Road
    Corning, New York 14830
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Deb O’Brian Cody

Posted at 06:19pm
Jim, Steve, Linda and Nancy (and extended family), please know that my heart feels your sadness - our family friendship goes back 60+ years; our parents were friends since before our births, Jim. Hugs to all.

Velva C Vine

Posted at 09:41am
Our sincere sympathy to Barb, Jim, Steve, Linda, Nancy, their families and friends. We just learned of Bob’s passing this morning and regret that we were not with you on Tuesday. In addition to honoring one of the last Thomas cousins, it would have been wonderful to see all of you again. That is what a celebration of life is about. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Velva


Posted at 08:23am
Dear family and friends of Robert,
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. What a life Robert had! After reading his life story there is no doubt how much he was loved and will be missed. During this difficult time may you find strength from each other and comfort from God's word. Isaiah 25:8 offers this future promises "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah (God's personal name) will wipe away the tears from all faces. The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth. For Jehovah himself has spoken in."

Cheryl Peacock Sears

Posted at 11:46am
Bob was a man w a heart as big as his chest would hold. He loved life, having people around to laugh, make memories with and he was loved by all who were blessed to know him. I feel honored to be one of those people, he was introduced to our great friends from Denmark and the adventure began, he gave me advise as a young girl, opened his home and heart to me, I will always admire Bob Thomas he was a wonderful gift god gave us all the day he came into this world. Barb you were like two peas in a pod together, and I send my greatest of sympathy to you at a time of such loss. Love and prays to you and all of the family of this one of a kind glorious man.

Mark Kurz

Posted at 09:33am
Susan- Sympathy fortify and your family as you celebrate the life of a man who celebrated life himself!
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