Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Grandpa Thomas

Grandpa Thomas passed away on Monday, May 5, 2014.  He had pneumonia and was in the hospital. The Dr. came in on Sunday and told him that he was not going to get better and there only option was to put him on a breathing machine. He didn't want to have to do that and either did the family. I am so grateful that we were able to make it to the hospital to say our good byes and he was still all there mentally. I am so glad that he didn't have to be sick and suffer for a long time. I am so grateful for the plan of salvation and that we can be with him again. It was nice to know that he would be reunited with Grandma and other family members that have passed away. The funeral was very nice and it was nice to be surrounded by all the family. 

Here is his obituary 

William Brady Thomas
"Uncle Bill"
Our Family Patriarch, Brother, Friend, and Hero left us to rejoin his sweetheart, the love of his life, on Monday, May 5, 2014. He passed away comfortably with his family by his side, from a sudden bout of pneumonia. William Brady Thomas was born on August 22, 1928 in Sandy, Utah to Byron Gray and Dora Brady Thomas.
It is difficult for us to think of our father without also thinking of our mother. Our parents demonstrated perseverance, honesty, integrity, and a work ethic that has defined and shaped each and every one of us to live our lives to be better than them. Their example of unconditional celestial love set a bar that we strive to eventually reach. Their love of our Savior and commitment to living a righteous life provides a never ending example of the people we ought to be. Their work of continuous compassionate service encourages us to carry on their legacy. In addition they taught us to have fun, and find joy in every day.
Our father was a beacon of encouragement, acceptance, inspiration, and provided constant mentoring to each and every one of us. He loved us each unconditionally, even in those moments when we received a swift kick in the pants, as needed. If you were to look up the definition of "A Real Man," you would find a photo of our father and his name. Our father lived his life providing Christ-like unconditional love and service while being a sentinel for his family. He leaves behind a phenomenal family legacy of 98 (with three on the way) to live up to. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many Ward and Stake callings, as Teacher, Bishop, Stake Presidency Counselor, and Patriarch. Bill served in the United States Navy during WWII. Dad was a proud organ donor. Through his service he has been a positive influence to many.
He is survived by his children, Byron (Sharlene), MI; Mark (Carolyn) currently serving a mission in South Africa; Kelly (Teri), TX; Melanie (Brad) Dansie, UT; Lindsay (Sylvia), UT; Cindy (Phil) Matthews, UT; 49 grandchildren, and 37 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Russell Byron (Susan), UT. Preceded in death by his parents; his sweetheart Elise Poor; his brother Eugene Brady; son Danny Neil; and grandson Chaz Mark.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sandy Utah Hillcrest Stake Center, located at 8485 S. 1000 E., Sandy, UT. Friends may call at the same address on Friday, May 9th from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment, Herriman City Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Goff Mortuary located at 8090 S. State St., Midvale, UT.

Please honor the wishes of our father and in lieu of flowers please take your family out to dinner, or go fishing.