Thomas, Henry Hoen

December 15, 2006

HENRY HOEN THOMAS, 89, of Tinton Falls, died at home on Wednesday, December 13th. He was born in Glen Arm, Maryland, and had been a resident of Monmouth County for 52 years, previously residing in Middletown, Fair Haven, and Rumson. Henry graduated from Towson High School in Maryland. Having grown up in the country he had a love of horses and spent several years prior to college studies competing along the East Coast in steeple chase races. He received an undergraduate degree in Ceramic Engineering from North Carolina State College in Raleigh, North Carolina and spent 35 years working for the Pemco Corporation of Baltimore, Maryland. He was a past president of the American Ceramic Society, Trenton Sector. A veteran of World War II, he served as an ordinance officer in the US Army in North Africa and Italy. He served on the Board of Education for the Fair Haven Public Schools, and was a communicant of the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. Mr. Thomas was involved in the Fair Haven Sailing Club since its second year in existence. He was also a member of the Monmouth Boat Club. In addition to sailing, he enjoyed golf and photography. Henry was predeceased by his father, Albert Louis Thomas, by his mother Minna Muller Thomas, and, in 1995, by his first wife, Elizabeth Nyce Thomas; also, in 1967, by his daughter, Anne Bringier Thomas, by his brother Albert Louis Thomas, Jr. and his sister, Eda Thomas Fitzpatrick. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Turner Thomas, whom he married in 1998, his sister, Rebecca Holmes Thomas Beven, his son Henry Hoen Thomas, Jr. of Princeton, his son, Robert Thomas of Morris Plains and his wife, Elizabeth and by his daughter, Elizabeth Thomas-Train of Keen Valley, NY and her husband, David. Four stepchildren, eight grandchildren, one step granddaughter, and eleven nieces and nephews, also survive him. Visitation will be Sunday, December 17th between 2:00 and 5:00 PM at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, and there will be a 10:00 AM Mass on Monday, December 18th at the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. Interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Thomas' memory may be made to the River Rats Inc., (Fair Haven Sailing Club), P.O. Box 144, Fair Haven, NJ 07704, for the benefit of youth sailing programs.

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