In Loving Memory of John Paul Thomas May 20,1947 ~ August 3, 2019 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Paul Thomas. John passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019 after a brief battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. John was 72 years old. John Paul Thomas, known to his friends and family as "JT", was born In Gardena, California to Paul Bowen Thomas of Adair, Oklahoma, and Betty Jane O'Rourke (Thomas) of St. Paul, Minnesota. John graduated from Gardena High School in 1966. In January 1966, John married Jill Gae Belcher (Kirby) of Torrance, California. They had one daughter together, Joell Gae Thomas (Sepulveda). John was a talented musician and lifelong songwriter. His love for Music goes back to his early youth. He began his Music career starting up numerous bands throughout the sixties and seventies and Traveling across the country playing his music and sharing his passion with the ones he loved. His Music was his Life. John Lived in Redondo Beach during the last 15 years. He enjoyed having Yard sales and selling Arts and Crafts with his longtime girlfriend Gabriele Cripe. They made many friends in their community and shared a home together. John had a huge heart, and he always opened his home to those in need. John had a unique appreciation for the simple things in Life. John Loved His Family, his Music, and his Pets. John is survived by his Daughter Joell Sepulveda (Adrian), Sister Susan Jayne Wolf (Don), Niece Michelle Figueroa (Walter), Great Niece Naina, Step Mother Mozelle Thomas, Stepsisters Sherry Wilcox and Cathy Robbins, Aunt Marilou Brown (Thomas), Cousin Joan McCarty, Girlfriend, Gabriele Cripe, and Lifelong friends Michael Brady of Moorpark, California and Mike Evans of Dallas, Texas. John is preceded in death by his Father Paul Thomas, Mother Betty Jane, and Step Father Ernest Haahr. Dear Dad, I know that no matter what, you will always be with me. When life separated us I know it is only your soul saying goodbye to your body, but your spirit will be with me always. I love you, Your Daughter Joell.

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  1. I’ll never stop missing you Dad! Your sudden passing has left us feeling empty inside. We had one plan for you, but God had another. I love you Dad.

  2. Dear Adrian and Joell,
    I’m so sorry you two are going through the loss of you daddy, Joell. I know its very difficult. I’m sad too, as John was my only sibling. I’ll miss him for the rest of my life, as I know you will too. I hope the next week isn’t too hard on you. I’m sending you lots of love, peach and prayers. Take care and know I love you dearly. Auntie

  3. I’m grateful JT no longer has pain. I’m grateful he knew he has the best daughter and his spirit will look over you Joell and all his loved ones. You share his love of music and enthusiasm for all you do in life. May that love comfort and carry you through life.

    My love and condolences.

  4. I can not explain the hurt and empty feeling I have with the passing of my BEST FRIEND IN LIFE. For over a half century JT and I shared memories, only the two us lived and experienced. We never had a conversation that did not include a laugh….I think of him constantly and always will. I love you JT, and we will share more laughs when we meet in heaven. Rest in Peace my buddy.

  5. It’s a different place and time without our friend around. JT, your friendship was exuberant, your humor, your music, all genius! I know he is looking over the ones he loved most, his loving spirit will remain a constant and a comfort. You are truly missed JT. You are thought of often and always with a smile. Rest in peace, JT. ♥

  6. John Thomas you will be missed!!!! You were such a good friend to Tom and I for more than 30 yrs!! We’re going to miss sharing Thanksgiving and Christmas with you, you always brought a smile to our faces. You will be in our thoughts until we meet again REST IN PARADISE <3

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