The Obit For Pat Thomas

James Dalton "Pat" Thomas

Published in the Vancouver Sun from 9/27/2008 - 9/28/2008.

THOMAS James Dalton ("Pat") Born in Calgary, Alberta on May 11, 1918, Pat passed away peacefully at home on September 21, 2008.

After his formative years, his parents, Edward and Florence and older siblings Gladys, Lawrence and Mickey moved to Vancouver, BC in 1925 where he eventually graduated from Kitsilano High School. His early years were consumed with sports, particularly baseball.

At age 15 he began playing in a semi-professional league in Vancouver and he played throughout British Columbia and the Western United States.

His baseball career was interrupted by WWII when he joined the Air Force, becoming a flight instructor. In 1944, while stationed in Ottawa, he met Beatrice Hardwick. They met again in Vancouver and were married in 1948, first settling in Norgate in North Vancouver before moving to their home in West Vancouver in 1955.

After the war he articled as a chartered accountant for H.D. Campbell (predecessor to Clarkson Gordon, now Ernst & Young) and began working as an accountant. He entered the stock brokerage industry with Victoria Securities Ltd. and in 1961 he and Jimmy McKissock founded West Coast Securities Ltd., where he continued until his retirement in 1989.

He coached and managed amateur baseball and hockey teams, eventually founding a junior hockey team on the North Shore and rising to become a leader in amateur hockey in the Lower Mainland.

Despite his many personal accomplishments, he of course, was most proud of his two sons, Craig and Jim. He was very involved in encouraging their development as student athletes and businessmen; coaching and mentoring them throughout their careers.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife Beatrice, his two sons Craig (Colleen) and Jim (Vicki) and his four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Melanie, Carolyn and Christine. Pat will be remembered for his generosity, his enthusiasm and tenacity and most definitely his love for story-telling.

A family service will be held at Ocean View Cemetery on Friday October 3, 2008 at 10:00 am and a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday October 3, 2008 at 2:00 pm at the Capilano Golf & Country Club, 420 Southborough Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7S 1M2.

As athletics were such a part of the Thomas Family, in lieu of flowers please send donations to KidSport BC at #260 - 3820 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC, V7B 0A2.

KidSport£ is a community-based sport charity that provides grants for children aged 6-18 to participate in a sport season of their choice.