David Charles Thomas, 78, Brookings, died March 27, 2002, at a Brookings care facility following a long illness.

He was born Feb. 7, 1924, in Plymouth, England, to Charles and Florence Howard Thomas.

He was raised in England and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II. In 1949 he moved to Canada where he received citizenship.

In the mid-1950s, Mr. Thomas moved to the United States and became a citizen. He worked in various aspects of the electronics industry including engineering and sales.

After retiring, he met Alice Whitaker Dec. 1, 1983. They were married July 1, 1984, in Victoria, British Columbia. They went on an Alaskan cruise for their honeymoon.

They traveled extensively in the United States and Canada in their motor home. Pursuing a love of jazz music, they traveled to jazz festivals in many areas of the country.

Mr. Thomas was an avid reader and a frequent patron of the Chetco Community Public Library. He was a member of the Brookings Elks Lodge and was a door greeter for many years. He also served as a volunteer driver of the Disabled American Veterans van.

Survivors are his wife of Brookings; daughters and sons-in-law, Melanie and Jim Bonagofski of Morgan Hill, Calif.; Caroline and Damien Carey of Kingwood, Texas; son and former daughter-in-law, Howard Thomas of Morgan Hill and Judith Thomas of New York City; grandchildren, Jonathan Thomas of Morgan Hill and Kerstin Thomas; stepson, Jim Mitchell; stepdaughter, Patricia Mitchell; stepgrandchildren, Kenneth Bell; Elizabeth Ginn; and Jennifer and Cristina Bell.

Also surviving are four step great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings, OR 97415.

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.