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William Thomas, III

Obituary of William H. Thomas, III

William Herbert Thomas III Keeseville - William Herbert Thomas III, 61, of River St., Keeseville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, with his loving family by his side. Bill was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September 2006. He fought the disease with strength, courage, determination and dignity. Bill's family would like to thank the staff at the FitzPatrick Cancer Center for the excellent care they gave Bill during the past few years; the staff at CVPH R5, who cared for Bill during his last days; and especially Dr. Duus, who treated Bill with honesty, compassion and friendship. Bill was so giving of himself and was always ready to offer a helping hand to anyone. Bill was a compassionate man with a huge heart and a fun sense of humor. He is our hero, and we will forever love him and miss him. Bill was born in Plattsburgh Aug. 1, 1948, to William H. Thomas Jr. and Corrine (McLean) Thomas. He grew up in AuSable Forks and attended school there. In 1968, he was drafted by the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Wasp. Bill played fast-pitch softball in his youth and enjoyed watching his son play baseball and softball. He loved fishing, horse racing, playing the slot machines, cone picking and most of all, spending time with his family. Bill worked at Cold Springs Granite Co. for 30 years before his retirement in September 2006. He enjoyed his work at the quarry and the people that he worked with. He was especially fond of Rick Barber, who was his boss and friend. Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley (LaMere) Thomas, whom he married on Sept. 29, 1967; his son and daughter-in-law, William H. IV and Jacqueline Thomas of Whallonsburg; two daughters, Cheryl Saccone of Lake Placid and Kimberly Thomas of Keeseville; three granddaughters, Stephanie and Brittanie Saccone and Sara Thomas, all of Lake Placid; and his loyal kitty, Recon. His new granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Thomas, was born on Jan. 5, within a few hours of her Grandpa's/guardian angel's arrival in heaven. According to Bill's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Donations in Bill's name may be made to the FitzPatrick Cancer Center, 75 Beekman St., Plattsburgh. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville. 834-7667
A Memorial Tree was planted for William
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Hamilton Funeral Home