It is with great sadness we announce the premature passing on March 30, 2023, at age 62, of Bruce Thomas as a result of an aggressive metastatic cancer. Although that sadness is far outweighed by the joy he brought his family and friends during his lifetime. His cheerful personality, wit, sense of humor and generosity of spirit were legendary to all.
Bruce moved to Carpinteria in 1978 and it is there he established lifelong friendships with so many.
Later, Bruce moved to San Diego and developed a successful business, Thomas Industrial Water, Inc. He operated the business until the day he died.
In the early 2000’s Bruce bought 2+ acres of undeveloped land in Borrego Springs and in 2005 he oversaw the construction of his “dream” home. He was rightly proud of this home with backyard swimming pool and jacuzzi, and the majestic views of the surrounding mountains and desert. And the doors were always open for family and friends.
He was UNCLE BRUCE to the children of his sister, Janet Minehan and brother-in-law Tom Minehan: Jennifer, Seth, Taylor, Krista, Matt, Molly, Patrick, Thomas and Toby; as well as the children of his brother Lee Thomas and sister-in-law Joann Thomas: Andrea, Colin and Christopher. And he was the favorite uncle to all.
With loving care Bruce’s sister, Janet and niece, Jennifer, arranged his transfer from Scripps Hospital in San Diego to Hospice Care in Borrego Springs where he bravely met the challenge of his impending death in the comfort of his home he so loved and to be reunited with his beloved dogs, Spot and Chelsea.
A private celebration of life has been scheduled. Rest in Peace Bruce.