Wilbert Albert Thomas III

Wilbert Albert Thomas III

His working years found Big Bud completing many concrete projects for Madison Masonry and General Contracting. Of course he found his real calling in retirement; he was meant to be a grandfather. He and Harper were thick as thieves wandering his Woolwich property, Bud Walking and Harper following along on his little Jeep. If he wanted a grilled hot dog in the dead of winter, Bud would pop out on his deck and oblige. The two shared a love of fruit snacks, juice boxes and pillow fights with the couch cushions. Bud was Swedesboro as Swedesboro could be; a Kingsway graduate who knew everyone. And everyone knew him. You didn’t have to be that close to him to get a favor; if he heard of someone in need the answer was always yes. From the days of his youth he loved his vehicles; never without a few trucks and motorcycles. Free time found him heading out of the area to do a little hunting, everywhere from Maryland to Kansas. If his T.V was on he’d be cheering the Phillies, watching some old westerns or catching up on golf scores. He was a meat and potatoes guy, listened to a little country music, was always up for dessert and liked to occasionally spend some time at the Trop in A.C.
Bud is survived by his son, Wilbert IV “Buddy” (Kelly) Thomas , siblings, Larry, Chris (Abby) and Kathy (Bill) Rode; and many nieces and nephews.
Come celebrate 64 great years Saturday 10 a.m. to noon at Daley Life Celebration Studio and tell a great story about Bud at the noon storytime service.


  1. Jeff Wilson says:

    Memories of volleyball along the lake and playing craps at Tall Pines what a great person . Gone to soon

  2. Avis Shiveler Brangan says:

    So sorry to hear about Buddy’s death. I haven’t seen Buddy for a long, long time so I almost didn’t recognize him. Lots of great memories at Connie and Bud’s house on Lakeview Drive. Numerous batches of chocolate chip cookies, Christmas’s that started at 3AM and swimming at Swedesboro Lake. My thoughts are with you. Avis Shiveler Brangan, 318 Jay Street, Venice, FL

  3. Barbara Ridinger says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. Buddy was a good friend to my dad for years and a frequent visitor at the Leonard house. Many prayers for comfort are being sent to his family during this difficult time.

  4. Maria says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss . Buddy was the nicest guy who always had a kind word.He will be very missed by his family and friends.

    • Christa says:

      My deepest condolence, when I saw him he was always standing at the bar. Super nice guy, he had a great smile and always seemed Happy. He will be missed by many. My thoughts are with his family ❤️

  5. Richard Stone says:

    Peace, prayers and comfort to the entire Thomas family.
    Buddy was The. Best. Ever.
    His expertise at layout was without peer. His sense of humor always left me smiling in every interaction.
    He will be missed.

  6. Nicholas Merlino says:

    With great sadness my condolences to Bud’s family a great man and friend.

    • Regan Fox says:

      Such a great guy gone way too soon! Thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones! Godspeed Bud! Gone but never forgotten!

  7. Jack McCaughan says:

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Buddy ..Condolences to his family,, RIP Budman,,See you on the other side,

  8. Stosh says:

    Keeping Buds family in my thoughts and prayers. Best person to work with. Gone to soon.

  9. Susan Rodriguez-Hawthorne says:

    Buddy was always a pleasure to chat with and this past New Year’s Eve I was so happy to run into him and we laughed and laughed! I’ll miss seeing him! My sincere condolences to his Family.

  10. Christa says:

    My deepest condolence, when I saw him he was always standing at the bar. Super nice guy, he had a great smile and always seemed Happy. He will be missed by many. My thoughts are with his family ❤️

  11. Nadine says:

    I met buddy recently
    He was the kindest man and spoke of his grandchildren often
    He would bring me in asparagus every week for my kids
    I’m gonna miss his gentle conversation

  12. Angelo Alberto says:

    I have not seen Buddy since High School (wow). I want his family & friends to know that ALL of my memories of Buddy are that he was ALWAYS a friendly, kind and fun-loving person.
    I am sure you will remember him with smiles and good memories.

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