Kenneth Leland “Lee” Thomas Jr.

Middle Granville, New York – Kenneth Leland “Lee” Thomas Jr., age 77, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Glens Falls Hospital following a brief illness.

Lee was born on May 12, 1944, in Whitehall, New York, the son of the late Kenneth L. and Alice (Brooks) Thomas. He was a graduate of Fort Ann High School. He married the love of his life, Marilyn J. Jones, on Nov. 13, 1965.

In an effort to provide for his growing family, Lee tried on many hats. The one that stuck was the felt hat we all know him by as a “concrete professional.” He was purported to be known as the “father of concrete” throughout the Slate Valley. It seems that he was working a job for Clarence Armor at one point, and Clarence convinced him to work for him in the concrete business. Which he did, eventually branching out on his own. Lee was known far and wide for his work. Over his 52 years in business, each of his children had the opportunity to work with their father in some capacity and take away from the experience what they would and will always treasure: the memories and lessons they learned.

In addition to Marilyn and Lee, the Thomas family comprised four children. However, being the neighborhood parents with big hearts, their door was literally always open to whomever needed it. Children were always welcome, whether it was for lunch or a change of address.

Lee was a people person. Breakfast was not only about nutrition, but the social aspect. For years it was breakfast at Scotties. When the payphone would ring at 6 a.m. the waitresses didn’t bother to answer because they knew it was some contractor needing Lee or the concrete company calling about an order to be delivered. The restaurant became known as “Lee’s Office.” Lee eventually moved his breakfast place to the Pine Grove and had to resort to a cell phone as payphones were no longer an option. He ate lunch at various haunts throughout the area, depending on the location of his pour. There were always friends to meet up with at various taverns to talk over the day’s work, making new friends and visiting with the old. Stewart’s was another favorite of Lee’s where he stopped for coffee and conversation. He was a fan of Stewart’s milk.

As is the case with everyone, Lee had different relationships with each of his children, but love was the common denominator. Each will treasure special shared moments with Lee. The love extended to the grand- and great-grandchildren as well.

Lee was predeceased by his parents and siblings Richard Thomas (1951), Elaine Thomas (1951) and Betsy T. Darius (1978). After his beloved wife Marilyn passed in 2012, no one ever filled the void in his heart or his home.

Lee is survived by his four children Ken Thomas (Sue) of Middle Granville, David Thomas of Granville, Beth Goodspeed (Kevin) of Fort Ann and Sheri Thomas of Scamperville, Vermont. He was blessed with 12 grandchildren, Ridge (Harley), Taylor (Shay), Katarina (Leo), Tristan, Devon (Chris), Kyla (Tyler), David Jr. (Maria), Ryan (Angelina), Russell (Ashley), Kevin Jr. (Amanda), Travis and Seth (Makayla), and 19 great-grandchildren, Makenna, Xander, Ryder, Tildy, Elli, Lorraine, Lilly, Ryland, Skylar, Charlie, Whitney, Marilyn, Harper, Ryker, Amya, Wesley, Hayden, Kevin III and Kailey. Left to treasure his memory are his siblings Les (Victoria), Jean, Nancy (Billy), Susan (Ed), George (Rosalina), Joe (Jennifer) and brother-in-law John Darius (Sandy).

Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday a funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Jerry McKinney. MASKS MUST BE WORN WHILE IN THE FUNERAL HOME.

Following the funeral, the celebration of Lee’s life will continue at the Granville Family Diner, formerly known as AJ’s (Lee’s other office location), at the Big Lots Plaza in Granville on Quaker Street.

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