Carl B. Thomas, 91, of Spofford and Treasure Island, Fla., passed away March 29, 2016, after a sudden illness.

He was born in Tupper Lake, N.Y., Dec. 25, 1924, son of George and Mary (Provost) Thomas. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Pacific for four years during World War II, before his honorable discharge in 1946.

He married Betty L. Burowski on Nov. 16, 1947, in a ceremony in Plattsburg, N.Y.

He worked for Hemlock Construction as a blasting foreman for 20 years. In 1971, with the support and help of his wife, he started his own drilling and blasting company, Carl B Thomas Construction Corp. and subsequently D & L Thomas Equipment Corp., Thomas Instruments and North American Track of Charlestown, S.C. He was known all over New England for his expertise in the blasting industry.

He was a longtime member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers and the New England Chapter of the Society of Explosives Engineers.

Mr. Thomas enjoyed walking the flea markets and was a collector of many things. While in Florida, he enjoyed fishing on his boat and in Spofford, his garden. He was a kind, generous and a well-respected businessman.

Survivors include his sons, David Thomas and his wife, Linda, of Spofford and Chris Thomas and his wife, Donna, of Keene; his daughter, Lynn Thomas and her fiancé, Stephen Dillingham, of Spofford; two sisters, Emaline Bruculere and Betty Nuzzo; two brothers, Kenneth Thomas and Byron Thomas; five grandchildren, Eric, Jennifer, Mathew, Jason and Jonathan; and 10 great-grandchildren.

His wife of 65 years, Betty L. Thomas, and a son, Jeffrey Thomas, died earlier.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Keene. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St., Keene (www.fletcherfuneralhome.com).

 

Memorial donations may be made in Carl B. Thomas’ name to Joan’s Pantry, P.O. Box 48, Spofford 03462.