DELMAR – Paul M. Thomas, 73, of Delmar, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at St. Peter’s Hospice. Paul was born in Albany, the son of the late Herbert J. and Hazel E. Martin Thomas. He lived most of his life in Albany and Delmar, but during the 1980s lived with his family in Peru, NY. He was a graduate of Vincentian Institute, and Siena College and served for several years in the U.S. Army. He had a long career with the Social Security Administration as a District Office Manager, retiring from the Schenectady office. Paul loved baseball and the New York Yankees.
Paul is survived by his beloved wife Kimberly J. Davey Thomas; his daughters Elizabeth Patel (Sheel) of Chatham, NJ, Sarah Leahy (Edward) of Madison, NJ, and Emily Thomas (Mark Rykken, Jr.) of Brooklyn; his sister Barbara Sumner (William) of Delmar; his sister-in-law Roxanne Thomas of Voorheesville; his grandchildren Jayan, Naomi, and Gabrielle Patel, and Teddy and Lucas Paul Leahy; several nieces and nephews, and his dear friends Jim and Carol Smith and Bill and Pat Mehleisen. He was predeceased by his brother William Thomas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Historic St. Mary’s Church, Pine & Lodge Streets, Albany, on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. There will be no calling hours. Interment will follow the mass at 12:00 p.m. in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Paul was a big part of my childhood playing sandlot baseball, etc. As like many others, we lost touch until the last year or so. Such a beautiful family! Kim, thank you for reuniting us. We will always keep your family in your prayers.
I was fortunate enough to have Paul as a manager. He was kind to all, and made us laugh! May you all know peace.
Paul was the best boss I ever had. He was caring, fair, patient, funny smart and just. When my daughter was ill in Rochester he would ask me each day how she was doing. He then arranged for me to go and work there so I could b near the hospital. A wonderful man. My sincere condolences.
I was one of the fortunate employees of SSA to work with Paul , he was kind, caring and helped his staff when in need . Kim I will keep you and your family in my prayers
Mary Ellen Bailey
Paul was a kind, thoughtful and highly respected manager in our Troy SSA office. He will always hold a special part in our hearts. Rest In Peace you have now have received your reward in heaven
Paul, John Sullivan, and I started together in a training class in Albany March 3, 1973. We were able to stay connected for many years. Paul and John are two of the people who helped shape my life not only at work but in my personal development. Paul was a considerate and kind man who always left me feeling that I was lucky to know him. It is truly a sad day for me and all those who knew Paul. The world just lost a really good one!!
We never got a chance to meet Paul but Mark,Jr. spoke kindly of him often. We offer our friendship, love and prayers. Emily we are always by your side.
Mark Sr., Theresa, Mark Jr. and Michael Rykken
I will always remember Paul, as a very kind, thoughtful, humble, caring, good man. I know your loss is difficult and words can’t express the sadness I feel for all of you. You are a wonderful family and you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!
Mary Ellen Bailey
Paul was our Manger in the Troy Social Security office and was always so kind and thoughtful. My condolences to his wife and family He has earned his place in heaven. Rest In Peace Paul
To Kim and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Jill Rice and Jack Phimister
Mary Thomas Ammian and Jim Thomas
Please accept our sincere sympathy for Paul. I remember a story his Mom and my Mom told my brother and I. His Mom and our were Mom pregnant at the same time. They were very close and shared so much. As we got older we kept in touch from afar and would see him at family functions. He always made us laugh and had a smile on his face. We are so sorry for your loss.
Paul and I were classmates in high school and for a year at Siena. My fondest memories of him were riding to and from Siena in his very old black sedan and him solving ROTC drill inspection problems by bringing a can of shellac spray to make our shoes look like mirrors… until the hot sun on the drill field made the shellac blister into bubbles ala bubble gum. The result was several demerits for all who sprayed. The world will miss this kind and gentle soul. Rest In Peace my old friend. Sincere condolences to his family.
Kim and family, so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers .
Our condolences to the entire Thomas family. May Paul rest in peace after a life well lived.
We’re so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was such a fun guy! Always a smile and a dry sense of humor. May he Rest In Peace
Emily and the Thomas family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this tough time. Family and friends are so important right now, so I’m sending you my love.
I am very sorry Kim for you and your family’s loss. I hope that the happy memories you have, in time ,will over shadow the sadness today.
Paul was frequent customers at my Dunkin in Slingerlands. I remember his personality and smile. We always had his Extra large decaf raspberry black coffee ready for him when he came in. Kim I am very sorry for your loss.
I have so many fond memories of Paul from when we were childhood friends and neighbors. Paul had beautiful handwriting and one of the most handsome baseball gloves I had ever seen. He excelled at every sport he played but what I remember most is that he was always fair, honest and so very kind. Paul was a big part of my childhood. The world has lost a good one. I will keep him in my prayers.