Art Creative 06


David G. Thomas

May 11, 1936 ~ January 30, 2018 (age 81)

David G. F. Thomas died on January 30, 2018.  Born in London, England, David’s enjoyed a career spanning work as a tool and die maker, a merchant mariner traversing the globe three times, a UN volunteer building homes for D. P.’s in Germany, a computer engineer in San Francisco, an elementary schoolteacher in New Zealand and primary school director in Pennsylvania. He was a folk singer in New York city, performed in schools across the country, taught music full time on Long Island and as a substitute in the South Lewis school district.  He made and sold pottery, and worked for various social service agencies in Lewis and Oneida counties. He was a master storyteller, a published poet and photographer, a romantic, an intellectual, and an advocate for social justice.

David died in the arms of his family and friends at home in Lowville, New York. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne McLaughlin, his three loving daughters, Caitlin, Megan and Gwyneth Thomas, and their families, Paull and Lila Goodchild, and Rowan, Meredith, and Emory Thomas. His large extended family of McLaughlins, Eisenkrafts, Zanettis, Jerges and Hallidays, sisters and brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces, also mourn his loss. In addition, he is survived by family in England, his sisters Patsy and Maureen, nephew Richard and his wife Clothilde, and great-nephews Antony, Philip and Sebastian. His close friends have added joy to his life and sustained him in his illness.

David lived fully, struggled valiantly, and died peacefully.

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