Community stalwart dies aged 90

A FORMER local Building Society manager who was heavily involved in Bridlington charitable organisations, clubs and sports teams has died aged 90.

Don Thomas died on Sunday at Scarborough Hospital and his funeral service will be held at Octon crematorium on Monday, February 21.

Mr Thomas was well-known in the local community thanks to his involvement with Bridlington Rotary Club – of which he was a member for over 40-years – as well as being a member of both the Bridlington Probus and 41 Clubs.

He was a keen golfer and member of Bridlington Golf Club as well as a fervent supporter of Bridlington Rugby Club of which he spent several years as vice president.

Mr Thomas, of Cardigan Road, managed the Bridlington branch of the Halifax Building Society in the sixties and early seventies before becoming district manager based in York.

He later retired to Bridlington with his wife Rita who sadly died in August last year.

His son, Paul, described him as a ‘sociable’ character.

He said: “He liked to get involved in many things through the Rotary Club and the various other organisations he was involved with.

“He lived a long and very full life and I’m sure there will be an awful lot of people at the service on Monday who knew him well and will miss him very much – he was a very a sociable person.”

Paul Atkinson, current president of Bridlington Rotary Club said that Mr Thomas was a popular member of the organisation.

“He was a genuinely nice, pleasant and helpful personality,” said Mr Atkinson.

“He was very active in the community through local Rotary projects and will be sadly missed by the club.”

As well as his son Paul, Mr Thomas also leaves behind a daughter Viv and grandchildren Lloyd and Nigel.

His funeral will take place at Octon crematorium on Monday at 1pm followed by refreshments and reminiscences at Bridlington Golf Club, Belvedere Road.