WATERVILLE - John "Jack" Thomas, 85, died Sunday morning, June 22, 2014, at Inland Hospital, with his family at his side. He was born in Waterville on Aug. 30, 1928, the son of Maroon and Habooba Kalil Thomas. He was educated in the local school system and was a graduate of Thomas Business College here in Waterville with a business degree and also a graduate of the University of Maine. He was also a veteran of the Air Force as a staff sergeant and served at Luke Air Base in Glendale, Ariz. He was formerly employed as a federal bank examiner-field office support of the FDIC for many years. He was well known by his neighbors as he walked along the sidewalk and spoke with them about sports and local news. He enjoyed bowling, traveling to Hollywood Slots in Bangor, traveling to Florida with family and pilgrimage to St. Anne de Beaupre Shrine in Canada. He also liked to watch theater plays at the Waterville Opera House and listen to opera music. He was a former member of the Lebanon Youth Society, a member of the Waterville Lodge of Elks, the honor guard of the Blessed Sacrament, a member of the Scholarship Committee of St. Joseph Maronite Church and an avid fan of the New York Yankees. He is survived by his son, John Thomas, of Waterville; and daughter Pamela Casavant and husband Dan, of Waterville; and daughter-in-law Jeanne Thomas, of Oakland; his brother, Wayne Thomas and wife Charlotte, of Bradenton, Fla.; several in-laws, Donald Rodrigue and Muriel Vigue, of Waterville, and Shirley Thomas, of Winslow; grandchildren Jacob Bearce and wife Misti, Thomas Casavant and fiancee Michelle Pratt, Ethan Casavant, Jack Thomas, Lucas Thomas, Ben Mathieu and Megan Kelley; great-grandchildren Brandon, Dusty and Anna Bearce; several nieces, nephews and the Mathieu and Kelley extended families, and his loyal and longtime friend Peter Maland, of Sun City, Ariz. John was predeceased by his parents; his beloved wife, Marietta, who passed away in 1995; and his brothers and sisters, Nim, Ann, Mary, Franie, Julia, Tom, Joey, Lou and Bernie. The world lost one of its truly exceptional people. He went by many titles as John, Jack, Jackie, Mr. Thomas, Dad, but it was the lucky ones who got to call him Giddo. As a person, he had one of the rarest of gifts, he made you a better person. Not through any explicit demands, but with the same quiet dignity that he carried with him wherever he went He will be dearly missed by the friends and family who were blessed to share his love, the memory of his life will never leave us. It will remain in our hearts as a constant reminder of his love, and as a shining monument to the wonderful possibilities of the human spirit. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. Mass of Christian burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, Front Street, Waterville. Private committal prayers and burial will be July 12 at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Waterville. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to the St. Joseph Maronite Church Building Fund, c/o St. Joseph Maronite Church Rectory, 3 Appleton St., Waterville, ME 04901.