graduating in 1944.
Growing up he worked in the family business, W.A. Thomas & Son Seafood and Fisherman’s Inn. He later took over the operation of W.A. Thomas & Son Seafood and later began Capt. Alex’s Seafood Restaurant. After the business closed he continued to be active, working as a District Court Commissioner, starting Harold’s Courier Service, raising chickens, selling and delivering eggs and during oyster season, shucking and selling oysters.
Harold met and later married Betty Elaine Boyles on Nov. 30, 1952, but later divorced. On Aug. 13, 1959, he married Lola Jean Dawson Warner. They were married 53 years.
He was a Sergeant in Charge of Communications in the Maryland National Guard, 115th Infantry, 29th Division, a member of the Bay Coun- try Moose Lodge, Stevensville Elks Lodge, Knights of Pythias and past president of the Kent Island Lions Club, and as a member of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department was one of the first divers.
He is predeceased by his parents; wife (Jean); a son (Michael); granddaughter (Kellie Silvers); and sister (Betty Schultz).
Harold is survived by nine children: Alexis Thomas (David); Lynn Clendaniel (Craig); Dawn Thomas (Charles); Cherry Wilson; Teddy Thomas; Buddy Thomas (Colleen); Terri Schelhouse (Billy); Annie Gardner (David); Donald Warner (Karen), 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, June 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. and a Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 11 a.m. at the Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester, MD, with a gathering beginning at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kent Island Fire Department, 1610 Main St., Chester, MD 21619 or Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Dr., Centreville, MD 21617.
Online condolences may be made at: www.fhnfuner alhome.com.