Name: Alfred B. Thomas
Born: July 14, 1933
Died: September 25, 2018 (85)
SMC Member: December 14, 1993 (25)
Grosse Pointe Park resident Alfred Bruce Thomas, 85, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. He was the loving husband of Louise Potts Thomas and father of Bruce Metzgar, Jeffrey Scott and Jennifer Elizabeth (Crawley). He also is survived by his grandchildren, Jeffrey, Previn, Suraj, Edward, Katie, Tom, Jessica and Amanda (West).
Born July 14, 1933, in Nashville, Tenn., Al graduated from Case University (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland. As a metallurgist, he worked at DuPont in Georgia, Westinghouse in Pittsburgh and Clevite Corp. in Cleveland. At 28, he took time off and went around the world in 13 months.
After earning a law degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School, Al worked for Huck Manufacturing in Detroit and the Family Support Division of Wayne County, where he started a program to find the husbands of mothers on welfare who didn’t pay child support. It went from recovering $60,000 a year to $26 million a year.
Al also was active in the Grosse Pointe community, serving as president of the Senior Men’s Club, Services for Older Citizens, Ecumenical Men’s Breakfast and Michigan Circumnavigator’s Club. He also was active at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church serving as an elder, deacon, worship council moderator and chairman of the Ecumenical minister committee.
A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI