Thomas, Adam “Jim,” 89, of Atlantic City, died on Wednesday, April 4th surrounded by his loving family. Devoted husband of Dolores (nee Costello) and father of seven children: Christine Thomas, Dawn (Frank) Loyle, Patty (Ward) Holland, James Jude Thomas, Matthew Thomas (deceased), Kathleen (Kelly) Given, Claudia Billings (deceased), sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Born on April 13, 1928 in Philadelphia, Jim was raised in Atlantic City where he spent most of his life. He attended several of the island’s Catholic schools, including Our Lady Star of the Sea and Saint Nicholas. Jim was a great patriot and proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. In 1949, he met the love of his life, Dolores, while selling ice cream on the beach. Their 68th wedding anniversary will be on April 29th.
Jim grew up in the Depression Era, which he credited with forming his work ethic and tenacious spirit. Growing up in “hard times” developed Jim’s sense of entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and risk-taking; this resulted in him owning and operating several area businesses. A master mechanic and salesman, Jim sold cars to practically every police officer and fireman in Atlantic City. He especially loved finding and restoring antique cars, which he bought and sold across the country throughout the years. Jim enjoyed buying and selling real estate and turned several of these acquisitions into successful ventures such as Jim Thomas Motors, Jim Thomas Liquors, and JT’s Lounge. He was proud of his accomplishments and took great satisfaction in being a “self-made” man.
Jim loved music, playing the guitar and singing whenever someone gave him the opportunity! He had a sharp memory and was an avid history buff, especially on the subject of military history. He won many games of Trivial Pursuit while playing with his family. He was a coach for the Atlantic City Hurricanes, a member of Woodbine Developmental Center’s parent group, and he took great interest in the City of Atlantic City, running for Council in 1994.
Jim’s greatest treasures were in his family and his faith. He was a parishioner of the Parish of Saint Monica, attending Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Among the many thrills of his life was being the self-appointed chauffeur of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen when the Venerable visited Atlantic City in 1957. He loved the writings of Archbishop Sheen and Father Anthony de Mello, often quoting their insight to his children and grandchildren. Jim passed his faith on to his children and ensured that they all had access to a Catholic education. He will now be in Paradise along with his beloved children Matthew and Claudia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Jim at 11am on Monday, April 9th at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 2651 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City. A viewing will take place beforehand from 9:30-11am. Following the mass, the Rite of Committal will be offered at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing. Arrangements by the George H. Wimberg Funeral Home, Linwood – Ventnor. Condolences may be extended to the family at ghwimberg.com