James Thomas


James W. Thomas, 76, surrounded by family, finished his last race peacefully on October 28, 2021, in St. Petersburg. He joined the United States Navy while still in high school and retired as a Chief Storekeeper with 22 years of service. He retired from Clearwater Police Department with 20 years of service. His coworkers and community members affectionately dubbed him Robocop. He was recognized in both of his careers for his meritorious service and received a lifesaving award from Clearwater PD. He was a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church for 37 years until it closed, joining the Music Ministry and Festival Committee. For ten years, he participated in and raised thousands of dollars for the Susan Komen 3-Day for the Cure in honor of family members. He was an avid runner, sailor, coin collector, consummate animal lover, family man, and friend. He was known for his fabulous storytelling and amusing quotes.

He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph W. Thomas and Nina E. Smith. This good and stellar man has left a family who love him:  Dorene, his wife of 40 years, his daughter, Jaymie Murray, and son-in-law, Charles Murray. with grandchildren, Charles “C.J.”, Sean, Meghan, and Dylan, son, Jeffrey Thomas, and daughter-in-law, Kristin, with granddaughter, Olivia, daughter, Jessica Thomas, daughter, Nikki Le, with grandson, Carter, brother and sister-in-law, Charles W. and Patricia Thomas, goddaughter, Seri Van Bibber, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, his beloved dogs Cruiser, Taser, and Rookie, and cats, Casanova and Salem. 

He has instilled in those that love him a legacy of courage and service. He demonstrated leadership as a top sailor and outstanding police officer, and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, godfather, brother, and friend. To say that he made a difference in this world is an understatement.  He will be missed by those whose lives that he touched.

Should anyone wish to remember him in lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in his memory to Project Paws Alive, Inc., 1193 SE Port Saint Lucie Blvd., Suite 289, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952, or Vincent House, 4801 78th Avenue North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781 (online availability). 

Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday November 6, 2021 at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church is located at: 4661 82nd Ave. N., Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Calvary Catholic Cemetery is located at: 5233 118th Ave. N., Clearwater, Florida 33760

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1 month ago

This man has fought a good fight and was loved by many.

Laurie Anne Nicastro
1 month ago

Uncle Jim you were such a wonderful man who truly loved your family. I admire your strength and I will miss you as you take the journey home. We all love you and know your pain is over. Thank you for being such a great man who took on a clearly dysfunctional family when you joined and you did a great job with your children.

Marie Spinelli
29 days ago

Uncle Jim was a wonderful man. I chose him to walk me down the aisle when I got married because my father is deceased. He will never be forgotten. I’ll never forget about sassafras tea. May you always Rest in Peace.

The Reeder Family
29 days ago

A donation was made to Project Paws Alive, Inc. in his honor. We send our most heartfelt condolences to you all.

Scott Campbell
28 days ago

I am so sorry for all of his beloved family’s loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Carl Edwin Conyers
28 days ago

Jim you will be missed but Never Forgotten. Rest in Peace My Brother My Friend…

carol j schmidt
28 days ago

I am grateful for having been blessed to have crossed paths with you in life. You have left a positive impression with everyone at CPD. Thank you for the memories. May you rest in heaven as your time on earth is done. Job well done. Prayers for your family as they go through this tough time. You will be missed dearly.

28 days ago

I met

Mike OHara
28 days ago

I met Mr Thomas about 15 years ago when I was down in Florida vacationing with my family. His son jeff a friend of mine up here in Rhode Island had offered to have his dad take us sailing while we were in Tampa. Mr Thomas was unbelievably hospitable taking us out on his sail boat for the day and out to dinner afterwards. Really made our family vacation extremely enjoyable. My kids loved it and it was a pleasure to spend time with him. His wife Dorene was just as nice as he was. Left a lasting impression. I… Read more »

Rosanne Beck
28 days ago

My Condolences to Dorene and the Thomas family. Jim was a great cop! He served with great integrity and compassion. It was an honor to have worked with him. Rest in peace my friend.

Bernadette DiPino
27 days ago

Chief Doreen Thomas- My deepest sympathies to you and your family. What an amazing life…filled with honor, duty, and public service. God bless Ret. Chief Bernadette DiPino

Donald Hall
27 days ago

My prayers to Dorene and the family; Jim was a hard working officer and respected by his peers.
“Fair Winds and Following Seas” God Bless!

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