Harold T. Thomas

Harold ”Hal” T. Thomas born in Philadelphia on July 16, 1923 passed away on March 21, 2017 at Belmont Village, Sunnyvale, after a five year bout with Alzheimer’s. He was 93 years of age.

He leaves his son, Harold T. Thomas, Jr. of Richmond, B.C. Canada, daughters Sasja Yum of Phoenix, Arizona, April Peno of Santa Cruz, California, step-daughters Cyd Mathias and Donne Singleton, five grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, and one step-great granddaughter, as well as a few close friends and relatives. He is predeceased by his first wife, Mae Margaret Warren, his second wife, Dolores Anita Thomas, and a step-daughter, Jan Channel and step-grandchild, Robin Channel.

In his early years Harold attended the Tuskegee Institute where he obtained his degree in Engineering.  During WWII he helped build the famous B32 Bombers.  After the war he married and eventually moved to California with his young family to work at AeroJet in Sacramento, IBM in San Jose, and eventually retired from General Electric in San Jose.  He resided in Willow Glen, San Jose for over 55 years, helping with the Willow Glen Art Fairs and was a collector of Les Lambson paintings. He enjoyed the beach, photography, and reading about medical research.


Harold will be cremated and the remains will be scattered at sea in the San Francisco Bay on May 4, 2017. Hal asked that you remember him “kindly”, and the family asks in lieu of a memorial or funeral that you donate to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at https://curealz.org/in-memory/harold-thomas in the name of Harold Thomas.