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Roland Maxwell Thoms

 THOMS    Roland Maxwell   May 1935 – September 2019  Roland was born in Carbonear, NL, the second eldest son of Charles and Marjorie Thoms.  His younger years were spent close to family, friends and the Church.  His love for Newfoundland, his family
THOMS Roland Maxwell May 1935 – September 2019 Roland was born in Carbonear, NL, the second eldest son of Charles and Marjorie Thoms. His younger years were spent close to family, friends and the Church. His love for Newfoundland, his family and cod fishing never wavered. After high school Roland moved to St. Johns to try his hand at auto mechanics. In 1957 he joined the RCMP and was posted across the country to Kamloops, BC. In 1961 he was posted to Lytton, BC where he met and married his honey bun, Lorna Russell. Within the next eight years three children were added to the family. Throughout this period Roland generously gave his time to the Kinsman and the Lions Clubs. In 1972 the family moved back to Lytton, to try ranching on the McKay Ranch in Botanie Valley. Roland work ceaselessly, growing alfalfa and raising cattle. He also continued to volunteer his time with the St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Board and the Lions Club. After 37 years of ranching Roland retired and moved into town to enjoy some good books, gardening and long walks with his dog, Tucker. Roland was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008, un-phased; he went forward with resiliency and a positive outlook. In 2017, he made his last move, to a care home in Kamloops. While there Roland retained his love for nature, his characteristic wit and remained a gentleman to the end. Roland is pre-deceased by his father John Charles, mother Marjorie (Forward), step-mother Linda (Clarke), brother-in-law Bert Coish, brother John and nephews Jerry and Bobby. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Lorna, children; Sandra, Lisa (Tony) and Corby, grandchildren; Haley, Kayla, Austin (Maddi), Reese, Dylan, Dane, Jake and his only great-grandchild Mason, siblings; sister Bertha Coish, brothers Winston (Olive) and Allan plus many nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: St. James Anglican Church, 13 Bond Street, Carbonear, NL A1Y 1C4 or St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Auxiliary Memorial Fund, PO Box 697, Lytton, BC V0K 1Z0

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