Wade P. Thomas Jr., a retired Annapolis lawyer who earlier had owned a bakery chain, died July 2 of kidney failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
The longtime Crofton resident was 83.
He was born in Baltimore and raised on Wardman Road in Stoneleigh. He was a 1946 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1950 from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Thomas was a salesman for National Cash Register Corp. and owned a chain of six Cakery Bakeries, with five stores in Maryland and one in North Carolina.
He was in his 40s when he entered law school at the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 1968.
Mr. Thomas practiced family and estate law in Annapolis for more than 25 years before retiring in the late 1990s.
His wife of 47 years, the former Laurie Townsend, died in 2010.
He enjoyed cooking, entertaining and storytelling.
Mr. Thomas left his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.
Plans for a memorial gathering to celebrate his life in September were incomplete.
Surviving are a son, Wade P. Thomas III of Severna Park; a daughter, Caitlin Thomas of New York City; two stepdaughters, Jennifer Smith of Nyack, N.Y., and Wendy Butler of Kenai, Alaska; a brother, Lee Thomas of Queenstown; a sister, Aurelia Burt of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.