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Ronald Lee Thomas

  • On February 18, 2021
  • 18 Comments

Ronald Lee Thomas, age 77, of Pittsburgh’s North Side, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 15, 2021. A beloved husband of 46 years to the late Joann Thomas. He was born March 25, 1943 on the West End of Pittsburgh and is the son of the late William and Agnes Thomas. Loving Father of Reagan L. Thomas and Michael (Rebecca Elias) Thomas; grandfather of Michael R. Thomas, Jr.; brother of Nadine (the late Jim) McCoy, Shirlene (the late Louis) Johnson, Bernita Foster and brother-in-law of Fred Jamison and a host of nieces and nephews.

Ronald proudly served in the U.S. Army and the 339th Reserve Unit and worked for the City of Pittsburgh water company where he served for 35 years. He raised homing pigeons and was a member of the National Pigeon Racing Club. He was known to be a stylish dresser and had a beautiful spirit to match. He most enjoyed traveling with his wife Joann and family.

Friends will be received on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 2:30 pm until 6:30 pm at Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 5405 Steubenville Pike, Robinson Township, PA 15136. Due to COVID restrictions masks and social distancing are required. A private service will be livestreamed on Tuesday, February 23rd at 10:30 am at www.grievefromhome.com. The streaming service will go live 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial with honors will follow at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.PittsburghCremation.com.

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18 Comments

Victoria Duarte
  • Feb 21 2021
Regan and Mike... I am truly sorry for your lost..Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.” “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday unseen and unheard but always near Still Loved Still Missed and never forgotten.. Always here for you.. Love you fam
Sylvia Hutchings
  • Feb 21 2021
I knew Ronnie for over sixty years. He was always a caring, loving funny guy. Ronnie never met a stranger. Although an only child he was incorporated into others family, because he such a loving spirit everyone wanted to be a part of Ronnie’s life. He will be sorely missed but will remain in the hearts of many. Sylvia Hutchings Atlanta, GA
Lori Ann Christian
  • Feb 21 2021
Dearest Cousin Ronnie, Your wisdom, style and humor filled me with such joy throughout my life. I will never forget the homing pigeons, holiday dinners and card games. But most of all, I will always carry the lessons of life and love you shared with us all! Thank you for teaching us all to love one another unconditionally! Rest In Peace!
Kimberley Christian
  • Feb 21 2021
Love you forever my double cousin! May you rest in heavenly peace
Ms. Dorothy Bradshaw
  • Feb 21 2021
Our heartfelt condolences. ... The loss of one’s father marks one of the most profound rites of passage in our life. The Bradshaw Family send our condolences to you for the passing of your father. There will never be another man like him. Reagan & Michael , personally I will miss Mr. Thomas, which he told me to call him Ronnie. We had the best conversations every time we met. Visit him on the porch, in the house and even while he was on the travel in the vehicle. He expressed to me that I was such a lovely lady and he enjoyed conversing with me. Our conversations was common and normal by letting him hold the conversation in the subject of his choice, which made him such a happy man. As the days went on and I watch his demeanor changes begin to pass he still enjoyed a great conversation. Your father was one of the nicest people I know l, along with your mother. Reagan,I know how close you were to your father and what an influence he had on your life. I will truly miss him also, how he seems to calm down when I was in his presents . Looking forward for our moments together . I am truly sorry for father’s sudden Home Going from this earth ,his sudden departure took me by surprise . The pain I felt . Life doesn’t seem fair sometimes and this is one of those moments. Your father I will miss him terribly. A father may past on but his thoughts and hopes and dreams will always live within you . I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as you are going through your process of grieving. Love you , Just a call away Mother Bradshaw &Darrell Bradshaw No matter wherever he is, he'll always be watching over you. ...
Rhonda Harmon
  • Feb 21 2021
Raegan and Mikey-I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear father and my cousin Ronnie. He had a remarkable spirit and always had a smile for me even the last time I saw him. I will always remember him for that. Praying that God gives you comfort during difficult time. Your Cousin Rhonda
John Mitchell
  • Feb 21 2021
My deepest condolences to both Reagan, Michael and family for their lost. Uncle Ronnie, as we called him, will be missed. He was such an incredible man with an incredible spirit. He could always make you laugh and he also always asked the important questions that made you feel important... you always knew he cared. He leaves a family legacy that will carry on throughout all of us. I will miss you and our nightly conversations between you, me and Reagan. RIP - Uncle Ronnie. With warm regards and love, Johnny John C. Mitchell
Toni Denise Brooks
  • Feb 22 2021
I’m celebrating your home going cuz. To a man of great integrity. Words can not express how much I miss and I love you. We laughed together, you always kept it real. You were a father who always took time to explain things to his children and give us the low down on life and how to navigate it. A husband who was also his wife’s best friend. You have given me the greatest advice I’ve ever had, whether it be about dating, holding on to a job, finances and quitting cigarettes, I will always keep in mind the things you’ve shared with me. When you got old, despite your dementia you always took the time and was concerned about my problems and how I felt. You always wanted the best for me. Talking to you when you had the dementia was the bright spot in my day because even though you were experiencing pain it never stopped you from raising your head out of bed every morning, looking at the sun and saying to yourself “ it’s a new day, let me try this again.” Thank you for being that butterfly I hold in the cusp of my hand gently, appreciating your worth, delicacy and value.
Tamara Davis
  • Feb 22 2021
Rae, please remember that you are not alone... We are always here for you. Love you, T.D.
Shirlene Johnson
  • Feb 22 2021
Reagan and Michael: You both have have my deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow. In this life, I’ve been honored to be called his sister and your aunt. Ronnie proved his brotherhood to us throughout all of our lives. He was always present for the good and the bad, fun and laughter, crying and tears! For he understood life consist of all these things. Your father was full of life, and could make the darkest times a bit brighter. He was Sooo special and had a gift of bringing joy wherever he went. You will be missed in more ways than human words can express. Rest In Peace, my loving brother, Rest In Peace! You will forever live in my heart.❤️ Love your sister, Shirlene.
Michael Johnson
  • Feb 22 2021
Uncle Ronnie, To one of THE BEST whoever lived it! The man filled with spectacular wisdom; wander, power, and wit, All wrapped in one. Thank you for the cherished memories that won’t end, and for the pure joy you brought to a family and multitude of friends, year after year. Forever loved, Never to be forgotten!
Shamayne Moore
  • Feb 22 2021
My condolences to you and the family. May all of you find comfort in God’s word during this trying time. Love you guys. Cousin Tammy and family❤️
Roger
  • Feb 23 2021
Sergeant Ronald Thomas, Thanks for the times that we had in the Army together knowing you throughout the years of service and you are civilian side .I never forget the talks and walks we did. it's always a blessing . God bless and till we meet again
John and Ethel Quarles
  • Feb 23 2021
My family will continue to keep Reagan and Michael in prayer. Leaving a family in this world is difficult. But entering into "God's House" is a comfort for all of us. Cousin Ronnie we love you!
Kathy
  • Feb 23 2021
My deepest condolences to you Reagan and Michael. I have such fond memories of your dad and the fun the family had together through the years. God bless the two of you and know that you are in my prayers, much love
Kena Payne
  • Feb 23 2021
Dearest family, sorry for the lost of your dad and one of my laughing partners. God gave us him and now its time for him to return to his heavenly family. I miss you Ronnie! Reagan and Mike may God continue to hold your hand and guide you through this troubling time. He's with the Lord where theres no more suffering and no more pain. Kiss our other family members. Lil Mike I am glad you met your pap and may you always have a memory of how much he loved you. Love Kena & George
Howard & Renae Tyree
  • Feb 25 2021
Please accept our condolences to Ronald's Daughter, Reagan, Son, Michael and the rest of his family. My wife and I had only Known Ronald and his family for only a short while but had grown to love them all for their graciousness, wit and humor. We were fortunate to have spent a vacation together with Ron and his family for which we will always remember and cherish. Surely if we can help Reagan in anyway, please let Renae and I know. God Bless You All, Howard & Renae Tyree
Kowenia Watson
  • Feb 26 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss... I’m here if you need me.
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