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EDWARD H. THOMAS SR., PLANT SUPERVISOR

Edward H. Thomas Sr., a supervisor at the Ford Stamping Plant in the Town of Hamburg, died Monday (Nov. 25, 2002) after a long illness. He was 83.

Born in Attapulgus, Ga., Thomas moved to Buffalo as an infant and graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School. He and his four Hutchinson-Central teammates comprised the All-High city basketball squad in 1938. He led the team to the Yale Cup championship the same year and went on to play as a professional and on teams sponsored by local merchants.

He also played softball and, in 1958, was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame of Western New York.

Thomas served in the Army during World War II.

Thomas started out at the Ford Stamping Plant as a laborer, but later became one of the first African-Americans to work as supervisor. He also was a union steward.

Thomas was married twice, to the late Barbara Camp and to Florence Johnson.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Thomas and Carol Wilson, both of Buffalo; four sons, Ronnie, Edward Jr., Judson and Kenneth, all of Buffalo; a brother, Ernest of New Jersey; 24 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Rebecca McCaley Savage-Brown.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home, 995 Genesee St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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