Ray­mond Allen Thorne, Jr. “Buddy”

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - Buddy Thorne, 86, died in peace Au­gust 22, 2018 at Har­ris Hospice Unit in Char­lotte, N.C. Buddy is sur­vived by his beloved bride of 62 years, Pat Thorne; daugh­ters Su­san Thorne (David John­son) and Becky Thorne Tin (Noell); grand­chil­dren Michelle Mof­fatte (Ian), Jen­nifer Schrand, Carl Br­zo­rad, Will Br­zo­rad, and Ki­ran Tin; and great- grand­daugh­ter Lily.

An avid drum­mer and lover of jazz, Buddy played in var­i­ous jazz bands through­out his youth, once sit­ting in with the great Dizzy Gille­spie and Buddy Rich, and play­ing in his own band, The Sounds Un­lim­ited.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from the tele­phone com­pany, Buddy be­came a lo­cal icon in some cir­cles in Char­lotte, known for rid­ing his three-wheel trike with cigar- in-mouth to visit with friends at Lupie’s Cafe, Thomas Street Tav­ern, and An­gry Ale’s. One of Buddy’s pas­tors at St Luke’s Lutheran joked that “Buddy has a barstool min­istry.” Buddy left a huge foot­print in a lot of hearts.

His pass­ing will be marked by a memo­rial ser­vice at St Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3200 Park Road, Char­lotte, at 11 am on Novem­ber 18, 2018; his in­urn­ment prior to the ser­vice will be pri­vate. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life in Buddy’s honor with live jazz at Lupie’s Cafe will fol­low and is open to the public be­gin­ning at 1: 00 pm. In lieu of f low­ers, please make memo­rial gifts in Buddy’s honor to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

A full obit­u­ary and on­line con­do­lences may be found at www. her­itage­cares. com.

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