April 16, 1925 – Dec. 11, 2012

Linwood L. Thomas Sr. of Buffalo, a head sacristan of St. Martin De Porres Parish, died Tuesday in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 87.

Born in Lackawanna, he attended the parish school at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church and Our Lady of Victory High School.

Mr. Thomas enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1944.

He worked at Bethlehem Steel’s Lehigh Cement plant for 27 years, retiring in the early 1990s.

Mr. Thomas was a longtime member and sacristan of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Buffalo. He held that position until the parish was merged with St. Boniface, St. Benedict the Moor and St. Matthew parishes, becoming St. Martin De Porres in 1993.

There, Mr. Thomas continued as the head sacristan, selecting, packing and securing liturgical items from the churches that would be used in Masses at the newly formed parish.

Mr. Thomas also assisted in training altar servers, folding weekly bulletins and stuffing them with inserts. In 2005, he received the diocese’s St. Joseph the Worker Award from Bishop Henry J. Mansell, and in 2008, he was honored with the Man of the Year award from the St. Martin De Porres Holy Name Society.

He is survived by two daughters, Denise Thomas Rogers and Ilene P.; a son, Linwood L. Jr.; and two sisters, Dorothy Underwood and Judy Wilhite.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Martin De Porres Church, 555 Northampton St.