Waterville Bernard Daniel Thomas, 85, of Violette Ave. died early Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville. He was born in Waterville, Sept. 29, 1924, the son of Maroon and Habouba Boulis Thomas. He was the first born son of 11 of their children. Bernie was a 1943 graduate of Waterville High School. He had been Captain of the basketball team. He was a very talented athlete in both basketball and football. He had been a rural postal carrier for 20 years. Bernie loved to travel. During his retirement he enjoyed multiple trips to Florida, Calif. and Las Vegas. Bernie was a member of the Waterville Lodge of Elks, Lebanon Youth Society, and a 37 year member of the American Legion Post #0005. Survivors include his wife Patricia Poulin Thomas of Waterville; two daughters, Nicole Leigh Harmon and husband Brock of Fairfield and Michelle Lee Cothran of Waterville; two brothers, John ''Jackie'' Thomas of Waterville and Wayne and wife Charlotte Thomas of Bradenton, FL..; brother-in-law, Bill Joseph; sister-in-law, Shirley Thomas; and by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers and sisters, Mary and husband Charles Noel, Francis Joseph, Marie and husband Joseph Smus, Marietta Thomas, Julia, Ann, Thomas, Joseph and Lewis Thomas. Bernie's family extends special thanks to the staff at the Early Bird Restaurant in Oakland for all the attention and care given to Dad during the past few years. He really appreciated all of his 'restaurant friends'. Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 4, 2010 at the Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.. The Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Fri., Feb. 5, 2010 at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church, Front St., Waterville with Rev. Larry Jensen officiating and Rev. Mr. Peter Joseph assisting. A mercy meal will be held at the church after the service. Burial will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove St., Waterville in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernie's memory may be made to St. Joseph Maronite Church Building Fund, 3 Appleton St., Waterville, ME 04901 or to Charley's Strays, P.O. Box 64, Clinton, ME 04927.