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Former assemblyman desired Dearborn, politics

Known as a “Watchdog of Dearborn,” Doug Thomas served 21 years on a Dearborn City Council though his passion for a city stretched over his central stint.

“The city of Dearborn and politics were his life,” pronounced Jane Thomas, his mother of 15 years. “Politics of each kind. The city of Dearborn — he only lived and breathed (it).”

Mr. Thomas upheld divided Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Florida where he changed in 2009. He was 82.

Mr. Thomas was innate Jun 29, 1932, and was lifted in Dearborn. He was unprotected to politics during an early age when his father served as a debate manager for former Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard, Jane Thomas said.

He graduated from Dearborn High School in 1950 and warranted a bachelor of humanities grade in domestic scholarship from Bowling Green State University in 1954. He enlisted in a U.S. Army in 1954, where he served in active avocation for dual years. He afterwards served in a Army Reserves until 1964.

As a owners of Fairlane Travel for 29 years, Mr. Thomas enjoyed coordinating trips for clients and also roving a universe himself, his mother said.

He was inaugurated to a Dearborn City Council in 1981. In 1985, he done an catastrophic bid for mayor of Dearborn and was re-elected to a legislature in 1989. He served 5 terms between 1990 and 2009.

“I always appreciated Doug’s use on a City Council and his joining to what he believed was best for Dearborn,” Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr. pronounced in a statement. “As councilman, he entirely intent in support of his position and thereby done Democracy work in Dearborn. He also hexed (a) good clarity of amusement and a knack for gripping we on your toes. We all owe him a debt of thankfulness for his service.”

Mr. Thomas was really approachable, an item that served him good in his purpose as a councilman, his mother said.

“If there were any citizen problems … he’d be right during a door,” she said.

In further to his passion for politics, Mr. Thomas desired sports, quite baseball, his mother said. He played golf adult until 3 years ago, she said.

Mr. Thomas is also survived by daughters Pam Thomas and Debbie Kraus; and stepson Jeff Valentine.

A entertainment to applaud his life will be hold 6:30 p.m. Mar 21 during Beer Garden during 22184 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

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Article source: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/02/17/former-councilman-loved-dearborn-politics/23536605/

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