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Obituary (VA): Christopher Roy Thomas Sr. '60

Posted on 07/02/2018

Christopher Roy Thomas, Sr., 79, of East Norriton, PA died at Einstein Montgomery Hospital in East Norriton on Friday, May 11, 2018, after a brief illness.

Raised in Cudahy, Wisconsin, Chris would go on to become a Naval Aviator after graduating from the United States Naval Academy Class of 1960. He served our country in Vietnam earning two Distinguished Flying Crosses with Combat V, a Bronze Star with Combat V, 19 Combat Air Medals with Combat V and the Purple Heart. He retired after 20 years of distinguished service. Being a Naval Aviator was, "...the best job [he] ever had."

Chris was a creative man who did not tolerate ignorance and pursued learning in all corners. Growing up, his favorite place was the library. Known for his colorful language and incredible vocabulary, he was never without a book.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and three children, Chris Jr. of San Diego, Rebecca Thomas Audet and husband Rejean of New Castle, NH, and Michael Patrick McLaughlin and wife Stephanie of Manassas, VA; his four grandchildren Claire and Teddy of New Castle and Fiona and Maeve of Manassas; his brothers Bill of Madison, Wis., Gary of Milwaukee, Wis., and his sister Pat of Anchorage, AK. Chris was predeceased by his father, Raymond, stepmother, Penny, and his mother Polly Findley.

A memorial service will be held at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium on Tuesday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Chris would have loved it if you would hug your kids, eat some Skittles, or make a donation to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund or Angel Flight East.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 1, 2018