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Benjamin E. Thomas Jr.

June 4, 1930 ~ May 18, 2018 (age 87)
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Benjamin E. Thomas Jr., of Delray Beach, Florida, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania left his earthly home to be with his Heavenly Father on May 18, 2018.  He was 87.

Ben, or as some knew him as Bud, was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Langley High School.  He then went to the University of Pittsburgh for his undergraduate degree.  He joined Sigma Chi Fraternity and was recognized with the Significant Sig Award in 1993 by the National Fraternity.  Ben served in the Air Force and then returned to the University of Pittsburgh were he obtained his Jurist Doctorate degree in 1957.  He worked for Crucible Steel and then moved to HJ Heinz Company where he worked for 29 years and retired as Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel.  Ben was an active member of the Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church and served on the Mt. Lebanon School Board.  He was President of the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Association.  He moved to Boca Raton, FL in 2008. 

Ben is survived by his beloved wife of almost 66 years Bertha Abbott Thomas; his three children Carol Olsavicky (Edward) of West Chester, PA; David Thomas (Joanne) of Houston, TX, and Susan Thomas of Boca Raton.  He also leaves behind cherished grandchildren: Laura Olsavicky Banoub, Rachel Olsavicky, Benjamin Thomas and Eleanor Thomas and two nieces and three nephews.

Although he will be deeply missed, his family takes comfort in the knowledge he is safely home in Heaven.

A Memorial service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00AM at Glick Funeral Home, Boca Raton, Florida.

The family has suggested, in lieu of flowers, a donation be given to a charity of your choice in loving memory of Ben. 

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