- November 2, 2011
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
of Charles' Passing
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“Gina, we just received your note. Bob and I are so very saddened by your news. I tried to phone, but the number wouldn't work. We cannot begin to...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Carol Ruschmeyer Parkey - FL
We are shocked and our hearts are hurting for you and the family We did talk
to Eddings while Charlie was in the hospital but had no idea...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: David and Camille Sweigart - TX
“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
3 of 13 | Posted by: Tanisha Yonker - Albuquerque, NM
“Regina and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. Charlie and I had many good times together as AFA State and Region...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Tom Kemp - Crowley (Fort Worth), TX
“It was a privilege to have known Charlie during my career at Sandia Labs. He was an interesting and kind person to be around. Always the gentleman...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Sharon Bremer - Richland, WA
“Bob was assigned to AFOSP as the Enlisted Advisor to Gen Scheidle and we were acquainted with the Thomas's through various Air Force social and work...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: KAREN AND BOB AGEE - WA
“Just a note to say how deeply sorry I am for you the family. Charlie was such a kind and thoughtful person. He always had time to listen and to...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Richard H. Steele - Albuquerque, NM
“Charlie will be sorely missed by all his friends.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Gina and his entire family. He did a tremendous amount for...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Pete and Pat Robinson - NM
I have such wonderful memories of the times we spent together. Everytime the Lobos play Air Force I look over at the Air Force crowd...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Noskin - Los Ranchos, NM
“Charlie Thomas was one of my heroes. He and his wife, Gina, brought a touch of class to the Kirtland AFB and New Mexico communities. He brought...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: George Pearce - Albuquerque, NM
“DEAREST FAMILY OF COL. THOMAS,
I HEARD ABOUT YOUR LOSS ON THE NEWS ON FRIDAY AND AM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS.
THIS WAS...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Regina Marie Pedro
“Thanks for your service to our country.
“Day is Done” are the first words of "Taps"
Know you have ended your days
with a job “well done”
...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: MSgt Donald Yeaman - Rio Rancho, NM
“On behalf of the French Family of Companies we wish to express to you our deepest condolences.
13 of 13 | Posted by: Harold Hamilton - Albuquerque, NM
THOMAS, COL. CHARLES GEORGE, USAF, (Ret)
Age, 71, a resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, November 2, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Regina Marie Thomas of Albuquerque, NM; three children, Jennifer Harkins and husband, Brian of Boston, MA, Elizabeth Shriver and husband, Jesse of Las Vegas, NV, and Brian Thomas and partner, Drury Roberts of Lubbock, TX; grandchildren, Rachel and Emily Harkins and Amanda and Eric Charles Shriver; sister, Eileen Bikowicz and husband, Robert of Scotia, NY; brother, Lawrence Thomas and wife, Mary of Phoenix, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Colonel Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Thomas; and daughter, Carolyn Marie. He was born in 1940 in Manhattan, NY and was a graduate of the Air Force Academy, Class of 1961. Colonel Thomas married the former Regina Pitassy in October of 1965. He had various Air Force assignments, and received two Legion of Merits, an Air Medal and nine Vietnam Service Medals. Colonel Thomas flew over 7000 hours in several different aircraft, his favorite being the C-141. His final military assignment was Wing Commander of the 1606th Air Base Wing at Kirtland AFB from 1985 to 1988. After leaving the Air Force, Charlie worked for Governor Gary Carruthers as a Cabinet Secretary of the General Services Department. Col Thomas spent 13 years at Sandia National Laboratories before retiring. He was also on the board of the Albuquerque International Sunport; Past President of the Southwest Defense Alliance; a board member of the Air Force Association; was one of the original members of the Kirtland Partnership Committee which was responsible for the retention of Kirtland Air Force Base during BRAC; and for the past 20 years was Military Analyst for KOAT, Channel 7 in Albuquerque. In 2010, Col. Thomas received the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce Steve Schiff Award. Charles was a member of John XXIII Catholic Community. Friends may visit French-Lomas Chapel Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday November 7, 2011, 11:00 am at John XXIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr. NE, Albuquerque, with Father Arkad Bizak as Celebrant with a reception following at the church. Interment will take place at The Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, CO at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Kizito Elementary School in Mekenke, Uganda or St. Mary's High School in Eleneacita, Kenya in care of John XIII Catholic Community, 4831 Tramway Ridge Dr. NE.
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