Edwin H. Thomas Jr., 74, printer for The Sun

April 19, 2005

Edwin H. Thomas Jr., a retired printer for The Sun and a Navy veteran, died of cancer Wednesday at his Violetville home. He was 74.

Mr. Thomas was born and raised in Ferndale, the son of a printer, and graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1948.

After serving in the Navy as a machinist from 1948 to 1952, he became an apprentice printer in Baltimore and then worked for the old Jacksonville Journal in Florida before going to work in the composing room of The Sun and The Evening Sun in 1957.

He retired in 1995 as a foreman.

Mr. Thomas, who had a second home in Jacksonville, enjoyed fishing and travel. He was an avid Orioles and Colts fan and a member of Ferndale United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hubbard Funeral Home, 4107 Wilkens Ave.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Joanne Shepherd; two sons, Edwin H. Thomas III of Catonsville and Michael A. Thomas of Gardenville; four sisters, Dorothy Merson and June Roeth, both of Ferndale, Patti Lou Brillon of Waterfall, Pa., and Eugenia Palmer of Pasadena; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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