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Retired Meadows trainer Pat Thomas dies

November 20, 2020

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Retired Meadows-based horseman Pat E. Thomas, 81, of Eighty Four, Nottingham Township, Pa., died Nov. 18 at his home.
He was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Barberville, Fla., a son of Jack and Mary Helen McMillan Thomas. He was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church in Washington, the United States Trotting Association, and was an avid hunter.
During the late 1970s and early 1980, Mr. Thomas was one of the leading trainers at The Meadows. Among the notable horses he trained was fan favorite Roger Lobell.
Longtime Meadows announcer Roger Huston noted on his Facebook page that in recent years he would see Mr. Thomas at the track, in attendance for each and every racing program, seated at a table on the Casino Level near the elevator.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Patton Thomas; son, Kenneth (Helen); daughter, Linda (Roy Barnhart); grandchildren, Kenny, Bobby and Abbey; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Friends will be received Sunday (Nov. 22) from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Kegel Funeral Home, Inc., Tim P. Kegel, supervisor, David P. Kegel, director, 3560 Washington Ave., Finleyville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Nov. 23) with Pastor Jeff Diedrich officiating. Interment will follow in Finleyville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, 200 Racetrack Rd., Washington, PA 15301 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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