AUBURN — James I. Thomas, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, March 28, at the Hospice House of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.

He was born in Maryland on July 13, 1943, the son of the late Robert and Maggie (Contie) Thomas. James moved from Maryland to Maine at a young age to pursue his music career with his band, The Soul Brothers, where he happily remained for the rest of his days. He proudly worked for Marden’s for over 13 years as a forklift operator, until his retirement in 2011. James’ passion for music filled his life with people and memories to last a lifetime. On a perfect day, James would be found taking a long drive while listening to music in search of a perfect spot to fish. Those who knew him would refer to him as a rare talent and a dedicated worker.

James is survived by his three daughters, Kim Thomas of Long Island, N.Y., Tiffany Thomas of Portland, and Tonya Bailey-Curry and her husband, Al Curry, of Lewiston; his two sisters, Eva Grant of California, and Thelma Thomas of Maryland; his brother, Clarence Thomas of Maryland; his nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his sister; and his grandson, Dante Bailey.

James’ family would like to thank the staff of Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for providing such excellent care and support during a difficult journey; Clayton Roy of The Fortin Group for the longtime friendship and for giving him his final ride; and his dear friend Wendy Gagne, who showed selflessness and compassion to his very last day.

Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting James’ online guestbook at

James I. Thomas

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