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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 al­

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