Tony Thomas Jr. Obituary - 2022 (2024)

With deep sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Tony Thomas Jr. Tony passed peacefully at his home on October 18, 2022, at the age of 79.

He is preceded in death by his parents Tony & Marie Thomas, his sister Sandra Affonso & his brother John Thomas.

He is survived by his loving children Kevin (Kay) Thomas, Toni (Emilio) Huarte, Vikki Thomas, Doug (Heidi) Thomas, Jennifer (Anthony) Nuno and Shannon (David) Zuniga. 16 adored grandchildren & 5 great granddaughters. Tony leaves behind 3 sisters, Beverly Rodrigues, Bonnie (Dennis) Ricardo & Isabelle Thomas, along with numerous nieces, nephews and his beloved cat Snowflake, who never left his side throughout his long journey with Alzheimer's.

Tony Thomas Jr. was born in Eureka, CA on August 14, 1943. His family settled in Turlock, Ca. As a young boy, he worked on his family's dairy with his 2 older sisters. After graduating from Turlock High School in 1961, he took a job as a truck driver for Pacific Sod in Patterson, Ca. Shortly after his father's passing, he returned to Turlock to run his family's dairy. In 1977 he relocated his family to Los Banos, Ca., where he became the proud owner of the Los Banos gem, "Rooney's Liquor". For 37 years he owned and operated "Rooney's Liquor" with his infectious smile and unique wit. He was beyond proud that his store was the #1 in beer sales in all Merced County for many, many years. (He also sold the most lottery tickets in Los Banos). He loved being the owner of his store where he formed and cultivated so many lifelong friendships within his community. He was a master at telling jokes and making people laugh was his special talent. Tony's compassionate & generous heart made everyone who walked into "Rooney's" a friend.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel from 9:30 -11:30 am. Recitation of the Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church begining at 12:00 noon. Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in Turlock, Ca. at 10:00 am, at Turlock Memorial Park 575 N. Soderquist Road, Turlock, Ca. 95380.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Los Banos, Ca.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Tony Thomas Jr. hosted by Whitehurst Funeral Chapel.

With deep sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Tony Thomas Jr. Tony passed peacefully at his home on October 18, 2022, at the age of 79.

He is preceded in death by his parents Tony & Marie Thomas, his sister Sandra Affonso & his brother John Thomas.

He is survived by his loving children Kevin (Kay) Thomas, Toni (Emilio) Huarte, Vikki Thomas, Doug (Heidi) Thomas, Jennifer (Anthony) Nuno and Shannon (David) Zuniga. 16 adored grandchildren & 5 great granddaughters. Tony leaves behind 3 sisters, Beverly Rodrigues, Bonnie (Dennis) Ricardo & Isabelle Thomas, along with numerous nieces, nephews and his beloved cat Snowflake, who never left his side throughout his long journey with Alzheimer's.

Tony Thomas Jr. was born in Eureka, CA on August 14, 1943. His family settled in Turlock, Ca. As a young boy, he worked on his family's dairy with his 2 older sisters. After graduating from Turlock High School in 1961, he took a job as a truck driver for Pacific Sod in Patterson, Ca. Shortly after his father's passing, he returned to Turlock to run his family's dairy. In 1977 he relocated his family to Los Banos, Ca., where he became the proud owner of the Los Banos gem, "Rooney's Liquor". For 37 years he owned and operated "Rooney's Liquor" with his infectious smile and unique wit. He was beyond proud that his store was the #1 in beer sales in all Merced County for many, many years. (He also sold the most lottery tickets in Los Banos). He loved being the owner of his store where he formed and cultivated so many lifelong friendships within his community. He was a master at telling jokes and making people laugh was his special talent. Tony's compassionate & generous heart made everyone who walked into "Rooney's" a friend.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at Whitehurst Funeral Chapel from 9:30 -11:30 am. Recitation of the Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church begining at 12:00 noon. Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in Turlock, Ca. at 10:00 am, at Turlock Memorial Park 575 N. Soderquist Road, Turlock, Ca. 95380.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Los Banos, Ca.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Tony Thomas Jr. hosted by Whitehurst Funeral Chapel.

Tony Thomas Jr. Obituary - 2022 (2024)

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