James Rene Tomas, 78, has passed from this life on May 23rd, 2019. Survived by his passing are his beloved wife of 50+ years, Ann S. Tomas, his only son, James S. Tomas, of Tampa and his only daughter Renee S Tomas, of Tampa as well as several beloved nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
James, known as “Nene” or “Papa Toe” to his family and closest friends, and various nicknames by his co-workers and “navy buddies” over the years, passed peacefully freeing him from his broken body to claim his place in his father’s kingdom.
He was a member of St. Clements Episcopal Church in North Tampa for decades where he worshiped faithfully with his family.
James graduated from Hillsborough High School where he was also known as “Wheels” for his love of cars and drag racing. After graduation, and in 1959 he decided to serve our nation in the United States Navy for 4 years aboard the USS Boxer (Carrier). He always said these were the best times of his young life. (Before he met Ann, the love of his life, of course, and after his first taste of snow in Chicago where he had basic training, he didn’t like that kind of cold!)
Upon honorable discharge in 1963, he came back to Tampa where he was a clerk for the Circuit Court. Not really a “desk guy” he was a welder and mechanic at heart who loved working in the industrial fields, so he accepted a job with Westinghouse here in Tampa until they closed and moved from the area. He then secured a position in Tampa with TECO where he spent the remainder of his career, 29 years, retiring as an A Meter Mechanic.
While working at TECO, he assisted in the building of the “Mouse Ears” on I-4 right before you get to Disney World. One of his favorite projects and a source of pride. While working for TECO, he also went back to school and earned his AA at Hillsborough Community College in Electronics, another of his proudest moments.
Throughout his life his love of family and God guided his path, but his love of sports, all sports may have been what might be interpreted as an obsession. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school, a marathon runner, and an avid fisherman, however his amazing knowledge of stats in both college and professional sports from football, basketball, baseball to racing and more, was his most mind-boggling ability when it came to sports. He held season tickets for the Bucs for many many years and attended Tampa Bay Rays games until his health no longer allowed him to do so.
He has missed his sister Pat and his brother Oscar and felt strongly that he would join them again in his Father’s House. May they all rejoice in the full and joyful lives they have lived here on earth.
Over the years many people have touched his life and he theirs, he was called a mentor, a father figure, a brother, a role model and friend, having had a profound effect on many young lives.
He will be dearly missed, and humanity is lesser for the passing of James R Tomas, one of “The Good Ones”. We will carry his memory and his love in our hearts and minds.
A Memorial Service for James Rene Tomas will be held Saturday, June 8th, 11:00 AM at St. Clement's Episcopal Church. If you care to send condolences, cards or flowers, these are to be sent to 1307 W Rambla Dr., Tampa FL 33612.
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