Samuel A.
Greece: Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Predeceased by his father, Anthony 'Lefty' Thomas; son, Robert Thomas. Survived by his mother, Betty Thomas; his wife, JoAnn; his children, Samuel Thomas, Sandra (Donald) Ewing, John Thomas (Joanne Trost), Maria Thomas, Elizabeth Thomas (Billy Brown), Samantha Thomas; grandchildren, Christopher Thomas, Shanese Hutchinson, Takara Thomas, Jovanni Santiago, Katarina Ewing, Joel Thomas; great-grandsons, Raymond Pagan, Cole Shoop; many cousins and dear friends. Friends may call Sunday (July 29th) 1-4 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday 9:30 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Private interment.

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  1. Aunt Ruth, I feel like the wind has been taken out of my sails. Sam and I are less than 2 months apart in age. The older I get the more I reflect on my life and family and how important they are. You have lost the ‘rock’ of your family and nothing I can say will make that any easier for you. Just know he is in a better place now. Setting with the all the other angels of our family who have gone before us. All my love,
    Bill Jr.

  2. betty,joann&family
    my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of sorrow.
    the world lost a great man,but god gained an amazing angel.i will miss you
    sam.thanks for being my friend.keep
    punching in heaven

  3. Dear JoAnn and Betty and Family,
    Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathy to your beautiful family during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. Sam was an outstanding family man, a wonderful role model and an inspiration to all. He was my good friend, we talked almost daily. He is one of the reasons why I stayed in the BOXING club for so long, he inspired and always encouraged me to keep the GREAT sport of Boxing alive in Rochester. We will always remember his warm smile and friendly greeting. His legacy is his devotion and love to his family and the dedication he had to the sport of BOXING all these years. May memories of happy times together live forever in your hearts and may ‘Our Good Lord’ grant Sam eternal peace and may His perpetual light shine upon him. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Take solace in knowing that Sam, who had a big heart and loved to help everybody, is now in Heaven, with his Dad….Lefty Thomas and lots of family and friends. He is now looking down from Heaven and will help us with all our struggles. The promise of eternal life gives us hope that we will one day be reunited with those we love but see no longer. Sam will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Preserve all your wonderful memories of Sam and I am sure there are many. May memories of happy times together live forever in your hearts. RIP Sam, we love you and your family…..You were a role model, a devoted husband and father and son…I will miss you Pal…..Always ‘KEEP PUNCHING’ in Heaven. ..With Deepest Sympathy,
    Tony Liccione

  4. Dear Joanne and Family: We were so very sorry to learn of Sam’s passing. Although we haven’t known Sam for very long, we enjoyed each and every time we met for the Rochester Boxing Meetings. Please know that our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Sam will surely be missed, but your memories will certainly sustain you during this most difficult time.

  5. Dearest Joann & family,
    Such a tremendous loss . Sam was my friend. He was such a sweet and kind man. Always willing to share his vast knowledge and so loving of his sweet wife. Always had a story, always wanted teach me something new. I will miss you so much and promise to be as good to Joann as you were to me. Sundays will never be the same

  6. Joanne and Family,

    I am very sorry for your loss. Sam was a good person to all who knew him. Dedicated family man and will truly be missed.

    God bless and remember the good times.

    Ed Philps

  7. Joanne,John and Family, I’m so sorry for the sudden loss of your husband and father. Although I did not know Sam, I’m sure he was loved by so many in such a large family and will surely be missed. Hold on to the good memories. Love you guys, Paula

  8. John and Joanne we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything please give us a call. We are there for you.

  9. We are so sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Sam. We have very fond memories of him and will cherish those throughout our lives. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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