Douglas Paton Thomas “Doug”
Douglas Paton Thomas “Doug”, 73, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2008, formerly of Fryeburg, ME, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Fort Myers, FL. He was born in Middleboro, MA to the late George and Marjorie Thomas. Doug was preceded in death by two siblings, Bradford Thomas and Dorothy Thomas.
He attended and graduated from Middleboro High. After high school he joined the Navy and proudly served as a Combat Corpsman with the Marines in Vietnam. He was severely injured in the line of duty and medically evacuated to Japan and eventually back stateside to Chelsea Hospital in Boston to recover. He was awarded two purple hearts for his combat related injuries and was honorably discharged from the Navy. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Johnson and Wales University.
Doug married his beloved wife of 48 years, Marilyn Thomas of East Bridgewater in 1972. They settled in Middleboro and then moved to Fryeburg, ME for 30 years where they raised their family. Eventually they retired to Florida where he enjoyed spending time with his wife, treasure hunting at yard-sales and fishing.
Doug will be remembered for his patriotism, love for family and unforgettable sense of humor. Throughout his life his character was larger than life. His wife, children and grandchildren will be forever grateful for his unconditional love and support.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Thomas of Cape Coral; three loving children, Meredith Mansfield (Marc) of Andover, MA, Beth Folger (Scott) of Westford, MA, and Michael Thomas of Cape Coral; brother, Gregory Thomas (Bonnie) of Goose Creek, SC; grandchildren, Madison, Mason, Bradford, and Audriana; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
There will not be any services held in FL.
“My hubby, my boyfriend, my best friend…I will forever love you.” ~ Marilyn Thomas
Memorial Contributions in memory of Douglas Paton Thomas are suggested to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) www.ihelpveterans.org., 1232 Market Circle, #2b, Port Charlotte, FL 333953.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.