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Thomas, John L. “Jack” August 30, 1935 - February 20, 2024

Date of Funeral

February 25, 2024

John L. “Jack” Thomas, age 88, of North East, died Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Edinboro Manor.

Born in Beaver Falls on August 30, 1935, he was the son of Jesse and Nellie Buzzard Thomas. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, and vegetable gardening. He was blessed with a loving and close family, and he always made time to attend frequent family gatherings, which often included a game of horseshoes, one of John’s favorite pastimes – and he was always happy when a holiday dinner was followed with a round of playing cards. He was a member of the Erie Horseshoe Club, and a faithful member of the Nazarene Church. A press operator by trade, John spent his career working in local manufacturing at Presque Isle Plastics, Zurn, and at the time of his retirement, Ervite Corporation.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Phyllis Reed, an infant sister Evelyn, a half-sister Judy Pildner, and his former wife June Mihalak. He is survived by his son John Thomas and his wife Amy of North Carolina; his daughter Patty Metzenbacher and her husband Tracy of Edinboro; his daughter Kim Winkelbauer and her husband Norb (Foobie) of Edinboro; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and a half-brother Danny Thomas.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Edinboro on Sunday from 4-6 pm, followed by a service. Burial will take place Monday at 11:00 at Erie County Memorial Gardens.

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Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home in Edinboro on Sunday from 4-6 pm, followed by a service.


  1. REPLY
    Dan and Diana Smith says

    John, Patty, and Kim,
    Dan remembers Jack’s old red Honda motorcycle and John giving us rides on it after he earned Jack’s trust. He also remembers the horseshoe pit in the back yard. Didn’t realize Jack was that serious a player
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sorry we weren’t able to make it to visitation

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