Thomas graduated from Taylor High School, class of 1952, where he played football and baseball.
In 1957, he registered with the P.I.A.A. in football and baseball. That same year he became a chartered member of the Amateur Softball Association, Scranton Chapter, in Scranton, Pa., umpiring fast pitch, modified pitch, and slow pitch softball in the area.
Thomas started to umpire collegiate men’s baseball and collegiate women’s softball in 1959.
In 1970, he founded the Taylor Girls Softball Association which is still very active in the area. From 1970-73 he was sports editor for the Tri-Boro Banner, a weekly newspaper in the Taylor, Moosic, and Old Forge area.
He retired from officiating high school football in 1980, and from the P.I.A.A. in 1993. This year he will start his 40th year of A.S.A. softball umpiring.
For 28 years, Thomas was a member and past president of the Taylor Borough Council, and was past president of the Taylor Men’s Club. He is Public Relations Director for the Empire Sanitary Landfill in Taylor, Pa.
Thomas is president-elect of the National Welsh-American Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Welsh-American Foundation, Scranton Chapter American Red Cross, Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority, Community Concert Association of Scranton, and honorary vice-president of the Ystradgynlais Male Voice Choir, Ystradgynlais, South Wales.
He is presently active in the Acacia Lodge #579 F.A.M., Keystone Consistory, Irem Temple Shrine, Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association, Abington Rotary Club, St. David’s Society of Lackawanna County (past president), and St. David’s Welsh Male Choir of Lackawanna County.
He is married to the former Fay A. Evans, and has two daughters, Darlene Williams and Robin Vanderwahl.