Thomas, Newton


Born: Dec 18, 1923
Died: Apr 08, 2017

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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

Visitation Information

Date:

Apr 12, 2017

Time:

7-9 p.m.

Location:

Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
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2nd Visitation Information

Date:

Apr 13, 2017

Time:

9:30 - time of service

Location:

Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
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Service Information

Date:

Apr 13, 2017

Time:

11 a.m.

Location:

Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
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Interment Information

Location:

Riverside Cemetery
Bleams Road
New Hamburg
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Charities

Although charitable funds are sent directly to the charity, please remember to contact us directly to give a card from you to the family in memory of their loved one.

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 532
65 Boullee Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1E1
(519) 662-3770


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Condolences

Condolence from Jessica from ClairHills sent on April 18, 2017

Was an absolute pleasure getting to know Newton when he was with us at Clair hills. Will miss his friendly smile!!
Condolences to the family.

Condolence from Donna and Ian Sandy sent on April 17, 2017

Bev and family – we are so sorry to hear of your loss and are thinking of you and of your family during this most difficult of times.

Condolence from Betty Orr (Biro) sent on April 14, 2017

My deepest condolences. We were neighbours many years ago and every time I saw your Dad in the Legion he would always talk about the old days.

Condolence from Tish and Gord Whealy sent on April 13, 2017

Gord and I were very saddened to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and every day.
Love Tish and Gord

Condolence from Barbara Desjardins and Bill Hayden sent on April 13, 2017

What a wonderful life he had. Our sympathy goes out to each of you and we hope your treasured memories bring you comfort. Sincerely, Barb and Bill

Condolence from Bonnie Ritz sent on April 12, 2017

So sorry to hear about your father’s passing.
You are in my thoughts and prayers and have my deepest sympathy

Condolence from Barbara Desjardins and Bill Hayden sent on April 12, 2017

What a wonderful life he had. Our sympathy goes out to each of you and we hope your treasured memories bring you comfort. Sincerely, Barb and Bill

Condolence from Judy Ritz Seyler sent on April 12, 2017

Sorry to hear about your Dad. He always took time to chat when I was at your home or if I saw him downtown. I’m sure you have lots of memories to smile about even through this sad time.

Condolence from Greg Reny sent on April 12, 2017

Hello my cousins. So sorry to hear of my Uncle Newt’s passing. My deepest condolences to you all. He was one of my favourite uncles and I always made a point to drop in and visit New Hamburg to see him whenever I was returning from a Toronto business trip in the 2000’s.
I always loved his dry humour and rebellious disposition.
I hope to be at tonight’s visitation for one more visit of my Uncle.

Condolence from Susanne Bastable sent on April 11, 2017

I have many fond memories of Aunt Adriana and Uncle Newt. I spent a lot of time at their house with cousin Nat. I’m sad to know that they and cousin Liz are gone. Gord took a shine to Uncle Newt – it must have been the fishing connection! Bev, Newtie, Natalie and families, we are thinking of you all…Susanne

Condolence from Barbara (Krampien) Bolt sent on April 11, 2017

Newt was a blessing to my father (Albert Krampien) who passed away April, 2013. They would talk on the phone and correspond about events from the past. I still have all of those letters, and will cherish them. Newt had such a sharp memory, and will be so missed by our family.

With sadness,
Barbara & Mike Bolt

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