James (Jim) E. Thomas, Sr., age 76 of Orange, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side August 28, 2014, at CT Hospice in Branford. Jim was born on March 25, 1938, a son of the late Jeannette Sennett Thomas and Lester H. Thomas. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Thomas, and his sons, Scott A. Thomas of Texas, James E. Thomas, Jr., Michael Thomas and daughters, Deborah (Mark) Augur and Karen Thomas all of CT; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers, Lester (Carol) Thomas, Douglas Thomas and sister, Gail (James) Skelly, as well as an uncle, aunts, several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Gina Thomas and a brother, Robert Thomas. Jim was an accomplished artist whose main focus was in Norman Rockwell reproductions, many of which are now gracing the walls of numerous homes. He also enjoyed many other pastime activities including boating and archery. Jim was very proud and passionately held his Schaghticoke Native American Heritage close to his heart never missing the opportunity to speak of his connection to the Schaghticokes, and also participated in several of their tribal meetings and activities. In granting Jim's wishes, there will be no calling hours. Burial Service will be private at Orange Center Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of BEECHER & BENNETT-TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven.

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  1. Barb & family So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, but he’ll suffer no more & will be with Mom & Dad. Love A Alma Ruskin, Fl.

  2. Barb & Scott, I am so very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. Know that he is in a better place and is not suffering any longer. My heart goes out to you both. I will keep you in my prayers. Love, Norma – Auburndale,Fl

  3. Dear Barb and Family. I was very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear husband, father, brother and uncle. Lucianne Lavin

  4. Dear Barbara and family, Uncle Oliver and I loved Jim. We will miss him very much. We have several of his paintings and think of him when we look at them. He was a credit to the Thomas family. Special and funny guy. Love and sympathy, Aunt Jane Thomas

  5. Jim will truely be missed by all. He had the best smile. When ever we talked, we would laugh. His native american paintings/portraits were so magnifincently done that many cannot follow in his artisitc footsteps. He was soft spoken like the summer wind and easy going like the ripples along the shore. I will think of Jim always and miss him dearly.

  6. There are times for everything in life but not when it comes to Death do we Accept. Thank God for the wonderful life and legacy you left forever, May God bless your soul.. Walter Ufot

  7. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We are so happy we were able to meet him and have him visit. We are thinking of you and your dear family. Love. Norm and Doris

  8. We are so very sorry to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this most difficult time. Love, Tony, Cheryl, Chris, Jonathan & Brandon

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