Dec. 7, 1947 – April 11, 2016
BEMUS POINT – Joseph K. Thoman Jr., a retired school administrator, died Monday in Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, after a brief illness. He was 68.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1965 graduate of Clarence High School and earned degrees from Geneseo State College and Buffalo State College. He served in the Army Reserves in the 409th Personnel Services Company in Tonawanda until 1982.
Mr. Thoman began his career as a mathematics teacher in the Akron School District, then became a school business administrator in Penn Yan. He was assistant superintendent for business and personnel for the Niagara Wheatfield School District from 1984 to 1993, spent two years with a school in Camden, then became business administrator for the Iroquois Central School District. After retiring in 2004, he did consulting work and served as interim business administrator for the North Collins School District.
He was active in local and state organizations of school business officials. He also led many United Way campaigns in his schools.
He was active in Rotary International in Penn Yan and Sanborn. While living in Wheatfield and Camden, his family hosted many foreign exchange students.
While he lived in Clarence, he sang in the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, was a member of the Board of Pensions for the United Methodist Church and was a trustee and member of the worship team at Harris Hill United Methodist Church.
In retirement, he was active in the Bemus Point United Methodist Church as a trustee, choir member and in Christmas musicals. He also began a men’s Bible study program.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Nancy Smith; two daughters, Jennifer Scherdin and Jessica; a son, Kristopher; a brother, James E.; and five grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. May 7 in Bemus Point United Methodist Church, 4954 Bemus-Ellery Road.