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Glen Thomas

Glen F. Thomas

Tuesday, January 29th, 1935 - Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
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SOUTH COLTON – Glen F. Thomas, 84, a longtime resident of State Highway 56, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior and was reunited with his wife Marion on November 19, 2019, just 24 days after her passing on October 26, 2019.

Glen was born January 29, 1935 in the family home in Pierrepont, to the late Roy and Kathryn “Kitty” (Dorothy) Thomas. He graduated from Colton-Pierrepont High School and later from Canton Agricultural and Technical College with a degree in Agriculture. He served for two years in the US Army, spending 18 months in Germany. After returning home, he married the love of his life, Marion Swift, on January 1, 1960 at St. Patrick’s Church Rectory in Colton making this coming January 1st their 60th anniversary.

He had a great love for farming and started a hobby farm in South Colton with Marion on the Swift family farm, Marion’s childhood home. Some of his loves included his Belgium work horses where all in town could enjoy winter sleigh rides thru the beautiful woods, selling some of “the best sweet corn in the North Country” as often reported on local radio stations. He excelled in the syrup business ‘Sunday Rock Maple’ starting with the old fashion buckets, and wood burning pans. Soon he went to tubing, and oil burners, with reverse osmosis some of the newest technology at the time. He was very active on the St Lawrence County Maple Syrup Producers Board. Glen worked for Niagara Mohawk for 33 years, retiring as a Traveling Hydro Power Operator. He was also a lifetime volunteer fireman, belonging to fire departments in Fine, Norwood, and South Colton. He was a rescue diver for the Colton Fire Department. In addition to fire service, Glen was very active within his community serving several years on the Town of Colton Planning Board and the St. Lawrence County Solid Waste Board. He had a lifelong passion for hunting and was a longtime member of the Bruner Hill Hunting Club, as well as being a longtime member of the High Falls Masonic Lodge in Colton. It was often said that Glen would ‘give the shirt off his back for a stranger’. He loved to sing and was gifted with a beautiful voice.

Glen is survived by his children and their spouses, Brian and Catherine Thomas of South Colton; Robin and Martin Avery of South Colton; and Chris and Catherine Thomas of Dryden; his beloved grandchildren, Zebulun, Ethan, Hannah, Jennifer, Molly, Ira, Silas, Libby, Eli, Tanya, Larissa, Matthew, Joshua, David, Mark, Nicholas, Bruce, Steven, Alison, Carrie, and Mason; and several great grandchildren.

He is also survived by his brothers and their wives, Orin B. and Bonnie Thomas of Pierrepont and Bing and Betsy Thomas of Louisville; his sisters and their husbands, Ann and Don Grant of Hermon and Kay and Bob O’Brian of Lowville; his sister-in-laws, Bernice Thomas of Colton and Barbara Thomas of Pierrepont; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his beloved wife Marion, Glen was predeceased by his brothers, Allen, Joseph and Francis.

At his request, there will be no calling hours. A graveside ceremony with a Masonic service and military honors will be held November 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM in South Colton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider donations in his memory to South Colton Fire and Rescue.
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    South Colton Cemetery
    Address
    Snell Road
    SOUTH COLTON, NY 13687
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  • Interment

    Location
    South Colton Cemetery
    Address
    SOUTH COLTON, NY

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Nancy Fisher

Posted at 03:58pm
Special thoughts and prayers for the family of Glen and Marion. They both were an important part of Colton life. I have happy memories of going to the barn for corn and the best buttercup squash ever!
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Cora Walter

Posted at 02:11pm
To The Family of Glen Thomas,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time in your lives.
Glen and my deceased husband, Jay, worked for Niagara Mohawk out of Browns Bridge.
He was a wonderful person to know and will be missed.
With My Deepest Sympathy,
Cora Walter
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Cynthia Hennessy

Posted at 01:22pm
Dear Cathy, Robin and Chris,
What amazing parents you had. They were pillars in our community and will be missed. I am sorry for your loss and I know they have both moved on to their continuing place in Heaven. May God bless you and your wonderful families.
Cyndy Hennessy
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Jim Woodrow

Posted at 08:46am
Our most heartfelt sympathies to Glen and Marion's family. We have know both of them for many years through the maple process. They were both such a pleasure to deal with and to call them our friends. Jim and Joanie Woodrow and family.
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Edward Boyd

Posted at 03:52pm
Our deepest sympathies to Glen's family. May your fond memories serve you well. Around 45 years ago I bought a silver-gray Pontiac station wagon from Theisen's dealership in Potsdam, a car that Glen and Marian had owned. Glen had loved the car and had hated to part with it when he traded it in. For years afterward whenever I saw him he wanted to know how the car was running. I travelled each corn season from many North Country towns where I have lived over the years, to get Thomas' corn. My son in Champlain whenever I was to be travelling there, asked me to bring Thomas' corn with me.

Ed and Roxy Boyd
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