Norman Thomas, age 89

of Plymouth

Norman Thomas, age 89

Norman Thomas, age 89, of Plymouth, formerly of Brockton, died peacefully, Saturday, August 12, 2023 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth, in the comfort of his loving family.

Norman was born in Fall River, to the late Manuel Thomas and Mary (Gonsalves) Greeson. He was raised and educated in Fall River. Just before his eighteenth birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served as a seaman aboard the U.S.S. Fessenden DER 142, a radar picket destroyer escort, during the Korean War. He was a life member of the VFW and enjoyed many reunions with his former shipmates.

He lived in Plymouth for ten years, previously in Brockton for fifty years. Norman and his wife, Barbara were also longtime winter residents of North Fort Myers, Fla., where they enjoyed many friendships.

Norman was employed as the chief engineer at the Carney Hospital in Dorchester for over thirty years.

He was very handy, loved gardening, working around his home, and was always involved with a project. He enjoyed traveling, trips to the casino with family and friends, as well as family gatherings.

Most of all, Norman was devoted to his family, especially his children and grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for sixty years of Barbara L. (Salters) Thomas.

Devoted father of Natalie Coneys and her husband James of Quincy, Nancy Akalin, PhD. and her husband Murat Akalin, M.D. of Calif., Dolores Thomas of Nev., Marie Lindahl and her husband Brandon of Conn., and the late Norman Thomas, Jr., who recently passed on May 19, 2023.

Loving grandfather of Karina Hagler of Nev. and Michael T. Coneys of Quincy.

Dear brother of the late Dolores Medeiros and her late husband Manuel, James Greeson and his wife Bernice, and Margaret Greeson.

Norm is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and their families.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Agatha Parish, 432 Adams Street, Milton, on Friday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The Mass will be livestreamed at Inurnment, with military honors, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Norman’s memory may be made to the veterans’ organization of your choice.


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  • Sending our love and prayers in the loss of our precious Norm. He and Barb are our vest friends here in North Ft. Myers, Fl. REST IN GOD’S LOVING ARMS DEAR FRIEND.

  • Barbara, so sorry to hear this sad news, think of you both often, I know how hard it is, especially the years you were together ❤️

  • We are sorry for your loss. Norman, was such a wonderful person.
    A first cousin, but more like a big brother. He will live on in my memories forever.

    A sailor off to that far heavenly shore,
    where other loved family member awaited his arrival with open arms.
    I am sorry for your loss. Norman was such a wonderful person.
    He will live on in my memories forever. Norman, my first cousin, was more like a big brother.

    He is a sailor set off to a distance shore, where other loving family members and friends await his arrival with open arms. May the memories of Norman help you find peace.

    James Pacheco & Family

  • Barbara,
    I’m so sorry to hear bout Norman-I will miss my best friend for over 30 years. I will always remember the fun and good times we had—
    God bless

  • The Joyce Family
    We are sorry for your loss John Hill Sam Dennis an I all had the honor of working for The Chief Norman Thomas
    Tom and Sandy Joyce

  • Mr. Thomas,
    Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Navy as a “Tin Can Sailor” on the the destroyer escort USS Fessenden during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

    Fair Winds And Following Seas