Father George Thomas
August 22nd, 2016
Father George Thomas died Aug. 18 at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. He was a priest for 67 years and 91 years old.
Born in San Francisco, Father Thomas attended St. Teresa School in Portrero Hill and later St. Joseph College Seminary in Mountain View and St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park. He was ordained Dec. 18, 1948, by Archbishop John J. Mitty.
In ministry for many years before the establishment of the dioceses of Santa Rosa, Oakland and Stockton in 1962 and the Diocese of San Jose in 1981 from territory once part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Father Thomas served in parishes in Oakland, Modesto, and Los Altos.
In 1972, Father Thomas was named pastor of Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Portola Valley, where he served for 33 years retiring in 2006.
Father Gary Thomas, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Saratoga is Father Thomas’ nephew.
“My keenest recollection of my Uncle George was his fidelity to his priesthood, his very blue collar approach to his ministry, his well-known hobbies of fishing and hunting, and his appreciation of nature and the people of God,” Father Gary said.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Aug. 26 at Our Lady of the Wayside Church, 930 Portola Road, Portola Valley at 11 a.m. preceded by a vigil service at 10 a.m.
Remembrances may be made to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109.
From August 25, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.