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M. Robert Thomas

  • On October 14, 2020

M. Robert Thomas, 1947-2020 passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Beloved husband of 51 years to Barbara Pleins Thomas; loving father of James (Katherine) and Russell (Sarah Massack) Thomas; proud grandfather of twins Dex & Max Thomas; treasured brother of John (Lori) Thomas of San Diego, CA. Son of the late LT. COL. Madison W. Thomas and Florence Little Thomas.

Bob graduated from Penn State University (BA), enlisted in the U.S. Army and then graduated Robert Morris University with an MBA. He retired from ASKO Inc. after 26 years as Vice President of Administration. Bob enjoyed golfing with his buddies and spending time with his family and friends. He especially loved going to his grandson’s baseball games or taking them fishing. He was a long-time member of Ruthfred Lutheran Church and a past council president.

A special thank you to our neighbors Gordon and Marlene Ogle; Alyssa and Carrie from Family Hospice for their help and caring for Bob.

Private services were entrusted to Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, McMurray, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Family Hospice, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or Ruthfred Lutheran Church, 3400 South Park Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102. Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.PittsburghCremation.com.

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Megan McPherson
  • Oct 14 2020
Thomas family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how much Mr. Thomas was loved ♥️ Sending lots of hugs and prayers of peace to you all ????❤️????
Kathy Popich
  • Oct 14 2020
Barb and Family, I am so saddened to learn of Bob's death. We became friends when we worked together at Mayview and remained friends for over 40 years. Bob was one of a kind! I'm so sorry that we weren't able to get together more often. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Robert et Jackie Radke
  • Oct 15 2020
Bob's departure is a loss for many. His depth of knowledge and keen sense of humor endeared him to us. We shall always remember his joking manner. We miss him greatly and our sympathy abounds for Barbara and the whole Thomas clan. We can only hope that he brings joy into the next world and with God's blessings keeps watch over his family's well being.
Navin P
  • Oct 15 2020
Thomas Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was dear friend to us at RKCS and also great leader. We truly missed his leadership and some of funny comments. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Oct 16 2020
Captain Spaulding ... we will miss you. As a charter member of the Graham Spanier Drinking and Tailgate Team, we will sorely miss you. Your wit and pithy statements kept us googling. Rest in piece. Lynn & Jim
Richard Sica
  • Oct 16 2020
Barbara and Family. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of our beloved Bob. As you know, Bob and I were business associates and then good friends. It's uncommon for such relationships to endure beyond the time when the business aspect fades into ancient history but such was the case with Bob and myself. I thoroughly enjoyed the verbal banter, puns and substandard golf that we would inevitably share. As the saying goes, upon his birth they broke the mold! He was the second Captain Spaulding, but the one and only Bob!! I will be forever grateful to have known him.
David Nakles
  • Oct 19 2020
I will sorely miss the "Captain". His wit, expansive vocabulary, and wry sense of humor were priceless. But mostly I will miss his friendship. A prime example of this was the Captain Spaulding Golf Invitational, which he held every year. I was was always hesitant to participate due to my total ineptness at golf but he was relentless and finally convinced me to attend, which I did for a couple of years. I had a great time, mostly because the event was imprinted, not by the Captain's golf prowess, but by his love of life, which recognized that it was the people that mattered. He was truly a wonderful person who squeezed the most out of every day. RIP.
Carol Robinson
  • Oct 19 2020
Barb. So sorry to hear about your husband Bob. I knew he was very ill. We get through it somehow. One step at a time. Fond memories of you from neck cooler days. My sincere sympathy Carol Robinson