Thoms was a lifelong Mainer with an inquisitive mind and independent spirit. She was devoted mother and grandmother.
As well as her son and daughter-in-law, her granddaughters Corey and Paige Thomas as well as nephews Trenton and Bradford Thomas from Hendersonville, North Carolina remain. Unfortunately she is predeceased by both of her parents as well as sister.
Early Life and Education
Tom had an extraordinary capacity for caring about people and was deeply committed to Lovelock community, exemplified by his generosity with time and steadfast devotion. Additionally, he held firm to his Azorean heritage, being an active member of St John the Baptist Church Lovelock as well as participating in Portuguese Festa Committee until his illness.
Wolfe began life as an avid reader and writer. He found great interest in history, literature and music, writing poetry and short stories when time allowed; additionally playing guitar and some piano as a side interest; making regular trips across Europe; meeting Aline Bernstein while on one such trip who encouraged him to pursue writing novels as a career option.
Thomas was widely revered in America as an author, journalist, and film maker. He published books such as Home Where I Belong and Jory; appeared in several movies; and provided voice talent for commercial jingles.
He made several trips to promote his work in the US. Additionally, during this period he was regularly published in Life magazine.
Tom Canup was an indispensable member of Metropolis, Illinois community who always brought happiness. All who knew him will mourn his departure: golfing, gardening and riding his white VW Beetle will remain some of his greatest loves; other hobbies included camping on Lake Superior with family. Laurel Canup survived him along with their daughters Karyn Canup and Chloe Canup from Metropolis.
Achievement and Honors
Thom loved working and was proud of his achievements. He held various maintenance jobs at Saratoga Springs Golf Course, Power House and Skidmore College Boiler Laboratory; later becoming a Customs and Border Protection Agent.
He was also an author, publishing multiple historical books. According to Dark Rain, writing helped him process his military experiences; once standing in a pond to understand how his protagonist might have felt during a flood was said by her as proof.
Tom was very proud of his three children: Michael, Tracy and Katie. He served them faithfully as their Uber driver, moving van driver, snack provider, babysitter, corny joke teller and number one supporter – never missing an important school, sports or special event!
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Thoms met Aline Bernstein, a theatrical set designer. Although older and married with children of her own, she encouraged Wolfe to pursue his dreams of writing a novel.
He was a wonderful husband to Faye and a proud father and grandfather who will be greatly missed by his extended family and dear friends alike. Additionally, his beloved pets will miss him greatly; leaving behind an enduring legacy of caring for others and creating life-long memories with those around him. A true gentleman with an indomitable spirit and generous soul.
Thoms has built his wealth through years of involvement in the music industry. He has released hit albums and performed in movies and television shows.
He has served as deacon at Luverne First Baptist Church and as delegate on both Industrial Development Board and City Council; treasurer for Rotary Club; as well as being honored as a Paul Harris Fellow!
John Shows leaves behind his wife Mary Alice Shows; daughters Corey and Paige Thoms; his son-in-law Chris Reediger; his grandchildren Fitz Bryan, Caroline Brantley and Thomas and Reid Shows as well as great-grandchildren Jada Jarvie and Nayeli Huff; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends whom he predeceased along with both parents and sister.