In Orange, Wed., Sept. 19, 2006, Roger Barry Thomas, Sr., 71, of Hamden. Husband of Judyth Capper Thomas; father of Roger B. Thomas, Jr. of Hamden, Kim S. Thomas of Hamden and the late Holly Ann Thomas Sequino. Also survived by 6 grandchildren, Joseph and Jason Sabato, Patrick Thomas, Roger Thomas, III, Christina Nunez, and Elaina Thomas; a brother Harold A. Thomas, Jr. of Woodbridge; and cousins, nieces and nephews. Son of the late Harold Arthur and Marion Kuehner Thomas, Sr., Roger was born in New Haven, April 30, 1935. He was the president and co-owner with his brother, Harold, of Industrial Sheet Metal Corp. of Orange.(Article in Trade Journal on acquisition of Industrial Sheet Metal Corp.)Industrial Sheet Metal Corp. Announces New Ownership Harold A. Thomas, Sr., Harold A. Thomas, Jr. and Roger B. Thomas have announced acquisition of the Industrial Sheet Metal Corp., Orange, Conn., from the Conn. Air Conditioning Co., of West Haven, Conn. The Industrial Sheet Metal Corp. has been engaged in air conditioning and ventilating and will continue in the same business. The firm currently has the sheet metal contact for the new Edward Malley building and the new West Haven High School, as well as four other new area buildings. Harold A. Thomas, Sr., has been in the sheet metal business for the past 34 years and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers. For the past six years he has been associated with Industrial Sheet Metal Corp. as manager and vice president. He was one of the founders of this company with the late George Ellis. He has assumed the position of president of the corporation and also continues as general manager. Roger B. Thomas is a pattern design graduate and has been shop foreman for the past two years. He will continue in that capacity as well as in the capacity of vice president of the corporation. Harold A. Thomas, Jr., is a graduate of Quinnipiac College and spent two years with the U.S. Army in Germany. Until recently he was manager of a pharmacy in Hamden and manager-owner of a pharmacy in New Haven. He has assumed the duties of assistant manager and also serves as secretary-treasurer of Industrial Sheet Metal Corp.) Roger B. Thomas, Sr. was a Mason and a member of Trumbull Lodge # 22. Funeral service Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006 at 10 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Friends may call Friday from 4 - 8 p.m. Masonic service by Trumbull Lodge at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to The Ronald McDonald House of CT, 501 George St., New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. Dear Judy, Roger, and Kimmie, I am so sorry for the loss of .Big Roger.. As it often happens, we’ve all grown and gone our separate ways in life, but I want you to know you how dear I hold the memories of my childhood with all of you and how I cherish the happy times we all shared in our idyllic little neighborhood. It was the most special place, made even more special by the people in it. I’ll never forget the talent shows in your garage, Judy’s lamb birthday cakes, .walking through the park one day. right into your pool, and a million other little things. Yours was a friendly, welcoming home and Big Roger such a charming, gentle family man. He was a sensitive guy with a ready smile and I know what a loving dad he was to my earliest friends. I will always remember him with love and warm thoughts (and as the one who taught me how to tolerate my hard contact lenses when I first got them!) Please know that my thoughts and prayers are and will be with you. Love, Steph

  2. Dear Judy, Roger, Kim and Hal, My deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. How blessed we all were to have known Big Roger and been part of his life. Not only was Roger a second father to me but also a friend. Most recently I cherished visiting the family at Christmastime. When I think of him, the first thing I hear is his laughter. He had an great infectious laugh just like Holly. There are many fond memories of growing up in our neighborhood (which was a big family) that will never be forgotten. The world has lost a great human being. Bye Hamburger, we’ll all miss you. Love, Hamburger

  3. Dear Thomas Family, One of the great blessings of my life is the place where I work. This morning I took the burden of Roger’s passing away to my staff devotions and to my classroom. Our staff of 39 prayed for you and your family. We asked God to touch you and comfort in your time of sorrow and remembrance. My first period class of eight children (four of them fourth graders) also prayed for you and your family. We asked God to help you and thanked him for doing what we asked in Jesus’ name. They asked a lot of questions about Hal and Roger and I had a hard time not crying as I answered them. They can’t believe that we’ve been friends since 1977 which seems like 1488 to them. I think we must celebrate Roger Thomas and remember him for all the good he was and the good he did. Roger was a man who loved his family deeply through good times and bad. He was a man who didn’t quit when many others would have. He was resourceful, smart, loyal, and the room came alive when he laughed or smiled. He was also an intelligent conversationalist who was sharp and informed. Those who knew Roger best are the ones who were blessed the most. Who wouldn’t miss him? Our job is to carry on and keep going like he did – not quitting – not giving in. We must enjoy our time here in life and make the most of our days. We can never hug enough, love enough, pray enough, laugh enough, or encourage enough because when we do we experience the magic that is in life. Choosing to love one another frees us from the darkness of dislike, hate, and bitterness. We all have faults, problems and issues, but like Roger Thomas did, we should choose to care, and choose to love. Of course we will miss him deeply. But having known him and been loved by him gives us all the strength to continue into the wonder of another day. Thank you God for blessing us with the life of Roger Thomas! Sincerely yours, Richard Clough

  4. I learned about this yesterday morning.. I couldn’t believe it. Many days during my late elementary school and Jr High years were spent hanging out at his house with his grandson. He was a kind hearted man who was awesome to talk to. I’ll always remember him.

  5. I want to express by deepest sympathy to your family. Roger was not only a business associate but he was truly a good friend. He will be deeply missed.

  6. I work at Humphrey’s in Orange and I honestly didn’t know Roger very well, but what I do know is that he was a sweet, generous man with an enormous heart. I just want his family to know my thoughts and prayers are with them.

  7. Pop, You taught me many great things from cards to how to cook, I’m gonna miss camping, fishing, and sitting on your lap. I’ll never forget all the fun things that we did together and all the love that we shared. I love you so much and we will all miss you terribly, someday when we meet again i hope you will be proud of me. Thank you for every thing. .I love you more than you love me.. : *

  8. To my dear friend Judy and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I keep thinking of all the good times we had together and cherish the wonderful memories. Love you all. Barb

  9. What can I ever say to describe my Pop. As I sit hear reading all that you all have written I see what a loved man he was. He raised me and he was the best example of man i could hope for. He was always there for me and I wish i could have been there for him more often. I’ve heard how much pride he took in me and I cant begin to explain the connection I felt with him. When I would get in trouble I would hear it from the rest of my family expressed in a vocal way but all he had to do was give me a look and I knew. Dissappointing him hurt me more than the repercussions I would incur. He was not only a shining example of a man but also a citizen and human being. My grandfather was a father to me as a child and the loss I feel now that he has gone to a better place can never be replaced. My Pop was what all of you have said but he was also so much more and I miss him very much. I love you Pop. love, Joe

  10. WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU. WHEN I MUST LEAVE YOU FOR A LITTLE WHILE, PLEASE DO NOT GRIEVE AND SHED WILD TEARS AND HUG YOUR SORROW TO YOU THROUGH THE YEARS. BUT START OUT BRAVELY WITH A GALLANT SMILE; AND FOR MY SAKE AND IN MY NAME LIVE ON AND DO ALL THINGS THE SAME. FEED NOT YOUR LONELINESS ON EMPTY DAYS, BUT FILL EACH HAND IN COMFORT AND CHEER AND I IN TURN WILL COMFORT YOU AND HOLD YOU NEAR, NEVER NEVER BE AFRAID TO DIE. FOR I AM WAITING FOR YOU IN THE SKY. DEAR, JUDY, ROGER,KIM AND GRANDCHILDERN TOM AND I ARE VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR HUSBAND, DAD, GRANDPA ROGER WAS A GOOD MAN ALWAYS WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

  11. Words alone can not express how I feel of this loss. I am truly thankful to have grown up with Roger as part of my life. His kindness and influences will not be forgotten. Working for ISM in the ~80’s were one of the most memorable periods in my life and his teachings were an inspiration to learn and master my craft. I remember a wooden propeller he used to have many years ago when I was young and that made me want to fly airplanes. Well, forty years later………… I always looked forward to visiting at Christmas, it was my favorite part Like a father and friend, there will always be a place in my heart. With love and thanks, ~Hamburger

  12. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Roger was a very special person in our lives. Your loss is deeply felt.

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