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Bill Thomas, a humanitarian.
By Jim and Anita Hall


July 16, 2007
Monday PM

With deepest sympathy our family offers condolences to the Bill Thomas' family in his passing. He was a great man, a humanitarian, he loved his family, all people and the state of Alaska. I was on councils and audiences and would sit in awe when he would "cut" through the blue smoke and set the record straight on matters of board rules. He was knowledgeable on so many things.

He was kind, gentle and never met a stranger. He helped people of all ages, teaching them the native ways and loved doing it. Last summer he came out to give lessons in "putting up salmon" with my daughter, he was still a little weak but wanted to talk her through the process. She loved having him there, and it's an experience she will treasure.

We would also see him at basketball games, watching the young people, he had great faith in them and would often give them encouragement for just being there. That encouragement meant a lot to the young players, we know, for one of them was my grandson.

He will be missed by many and he was loved by many. Our prayers to his wife, Diana, his children, and his big extended family.

Jim and Anita Hall
Ketchikan, AK

Received July 16, 2007 - Published July 16, 2007


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