Arthur C. Thomas Restaurateur


Services for Arthur C. Thomas, a Greek immigrant and retired restaurateur, will be held at noon today in the Chapel of the Holy Resurrection, at the Greek Orthodox Cemetery on Windsor Mill Road in Woodlawn.

A resident of Towson, Mr. Thomas died Friday at Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He would have turned 100 this month.

He first came to the United States from Greece as a 19-year-old but returned home to serve as a sergeant in the Greek army during the Balkan Wars.

After four years, he returned to the United States and settled in Springfield, Mass. In 1918, he entered the U.S. Army, serving as an artilleryman in France during World War I. He spent three years in a convalescent hospital in New York, recovering from the effects of chemical warfare.

On returning to Springfield, he learned the restaurant business. He started as a busboy, became a waiter and then opened his own hot dog and hamburger stand.

He moved to Baltimore in 1951, leasing the dining room at the Marylander Apartments. He later opened the Beehive Restaurant downtown on Lexington Street. After eight years, he sold the business and retired.

Mr. Thomas was a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and president of the Worthington chapter of the Order of the American Hellenic Progressive Association.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Raverta Thomas; a daughter, Helen P. George of Towson; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.

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