Newton Arthur Thomas LL.B.
Born December 18, 1923, Fort William, Ontario
It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Newton Thomas of New Hamburg on the fine spring day of April 8, 2017 after a short stay at The Village of Glendale Crossing Nursing Home in London, prior to which he was a resident at Clair Hills Retirement Home in Waterloo for several months.
Newton was predeceased by his beloved wife Adriana (Van Putten) and his dear eldest daughter Elisabeth Tupholme. Newton was also predeceased by his sister Betty Fullard and her husband Clarence, sister Margaret Thomas, sister Katherine Lapp and her husband Donald, and sister Anne Reny, as well as his sister-in-law Alice Deryke and brothers-in-law Horace Zehr and Rodney Klassen.
Left to mourn and cherish his memory are his family – son-in-law Gary Tupholme of Bracebridge, daughter Beverly (Bernie) Whealy of Iona Station, son Newton Thomas Jr. of London and daughter Natalie (Keith) Randall of Kitchener. Sadly missed by his grandchildren Wesley (Jackie), Craig, Peggy (Rick), Tom (Sabrina), Ryan (Katrina), and Sean as well as 9 great grandchildren. Remembered by sisters-in-law Gerda Zehr of New Hamburg and Henny Van Putten of Amsterdam and brother-in-law John Reny of Ottawa. Survived by his last sibling Connie Klassen and her husband Butch Martin of New Hamburg.
Newton or “Newt” as he became better known spent his formative years growing up in the old Laschinger home in New Hamburg on the bank of the Nith River. While attending grade school his thoughts often drifted to “fishing the Nith” and was regularly seen enjoying his hobby. Fondly, his family recollects and can credit his Uncle Irvin Laschinger, who years earlier secretly attached a live fish to Newt’s line on his first days’ introduction to the sport while being distracted, for a lifetimes passion being born on that fine spring day so many years ago.
In 1944 Newt enlisted in the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, Canadian Army Corps, and went overseas in September of the same year. In 1945 he was flown to Brussels, Belgium, where his unit fought its way into Holland, going on to Amsterdam where his unit of 125 men took many thousands of Germans prisoner. It was there, on a bridge, that he met Adriana, where she and a friend were lifted onto his vehicle to help direct them to the Olympic Stadium. His vehicle had lost its way.
After Newt and his bride came back from the war, Newt finished his B.A. at Waterloo Lutheran University and then completed his law degree in Toronto at Osgoode Hall. After Newt graduated from Osgoode he did his articling in Kitchener where he was called to the Bar. One day he surprised his wife by staying home from work and announced he was opening his own law office in New Hamburg. From this humble beginning, Newt served thousands of satisfied clients in the New Hamburg area, who knew when they had placed their confidence in him, he would execute their wishes.
Visitation will be held at the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. and again on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Pastor Tim Graham officiating. Interment of ashes in Riverside Cemetery, New Hamburg.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 532 or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolence and memorial tribute information at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca