In Loving Memory of Sam Thatcher 1937-2016

Sam Thatcher

Name: Samuel Thatcher
Home Town: Ocean Isle Beach
Date of Death: 06/05/2016
Birth Date: 08/14/1937
Service Date: 06/09/2016 at 10:00 AM
Service Place: St. Brendan’s Catholic Church

What can be said of Samuel Thatcher, a man who was the father of five kids and the grandfather of five. Sam was a tenacious and devoted man, quick-witted and tough, but one who quickly earned the respect of all who knew him.

It is with a heavy heart to announce that Samuel Thatcher, 78, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Sam was born on August 14, 1937 to Samuel U. Thatcher and Catherine Tyrell Thatcher in Brooklyn NY. Sam, a true Brooklynite down to the accent, would grow up developing a kinship to his city; it was a relationship that would toughen him, and that would advance his maturity. At 20, Sam met Helen at a picnic in Breezy Point and asked her to attend a marine ball in Manhattan. The lifelong soulmates married in 1960 and began raising their children in Brooklyn.

In 1968 Sam joined the NYPD, New York’s Finest, and was a dedicated and respected Police Officer. Raising his kids in Brooklyn was always the plan but New York in the 1970’s was not where Sam and Pat thought was the best place to raise a family and moved “upstate” to Highland Mills, NY.

Their new life in Highland Mills was a tough choice in the beginning, Sam had to commute to the Bronx everyday to his new Precinct the 44th and Pat had to adjust to life in the country. What a team they were and true to Sam and Pat’s personalities they quickly became part of the fabric of the community. Even with his commute Sam was an active member of the Woodbury Men’s Club, the Boy Scouts of America, where in 1980 Sam received an award for being “Troop 149’s Spark Plug”. He was also a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.

In 2003, Sam and Pat, with the persistent love of golf they found in retirement, decided to move to North Carolina. It was there where they would spend much quality time together and make many new friends. They created a new life in the tight-knit community Ocean Ridge, one that the children also became a part of, but it was their own.

Sam’s children and grandchildren have memories that will never fade; how he jingled change in his pocket, the scent of cologne, the Donald Duck impression he loved to make, and his laugh that resounded through the house and in our hearts. Pop, you may now rest with your beloved Pat, our Nan, Nannie and live on through the love and laughter you inspired within us.

Samuel was preceded in death by his beloved wife Helen Patricia Thatcher, and son Michael Thatcher. He was survived by his brother William Thatcher and wife Ellen Thatcher, children, Marybeth Runkowski, and husband, Dennis; Kathleen Thatcher, and fiancé, Chris Sharp; Bryan Thatcher; and Robert Thatcher, and wife, Lenore; five grandchildren will always remember his sense of humor, his prescient in the room, and countless lessons he taught in their formative years: Samantha and fiancé, Patrick Choules; Dennis; Kassandra; Brendan; and Emily. He will always be loved by her entire family, along with his many dear friends.

A mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Thursday, June 9th in the St Brendan’s Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium.

The family request in lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573 or Make-A-Wish at Hudson Valley, 832 South Broadway, The Wish House, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

The follow up to my worst week in my life just became worse.

My Dad. a man who loved life as much as he loved his beautiful wife of 56 years, passed away quietly in the hospital in South Carolina yesterday. A little over a week after the passing of my Mom, his wife — the love of his life — he succumbed to a broken heart and left us to be with his bride. This is all I have for now, too many emotions, way too many.

Rob, Kathy, Sam, Marybeth, Bryan

Sam and Pat Thathcer

This is certainly the worst week of my life!

Helen Patricial Thatcher

Friday, family, and friends buried my beautiful Mother in a wonderful ceremony. It was a moving, sad and emotional experience full of love for my Mother.

Yesterday afternoon my Father collapsed suffering from a heart attack. My nephew Dennis Runkowski and I performed CPR for about 7 minutes until the EMT’s arrived — they were fast efficient and very professional. They stabilized him and rushed to the hospital. He has been lying in the CVICU in a drug-induced coma since arriving.

This afternoon they started bringing his core temperature back up to 37ºC, they will then stop the drugs that are keeping him in a coma. We are all hopeful that after this process he will open his eyes, be alert, bitch that he is hungry and wanting to go home. This has been one of the most distraught weeks I have every experienced.

Please keep him in your thoughts, tomorrow is going to be a very big day and I hope it ends in smiles.

The doctor told us that he is suffering from a broken heart. 🙁 He loved my Mother intensely as she loved him. Here are some picture of family and friends gathering after Friday’s service for my Mom.

In Loving Memory of Helen Thatcher 1938-2016

Helen Thatcher

Helen Pat ThatcherHome Town: Ocean Isle Beach
Date of Death: 05/24/2016
Birth Place: Brooklyn NY
Birth Date: 08/18/1938
Service Date: 05/27/2016 at 10:00 AM
Service Place: Saint Brendans the Navigator Catholic Church
Interment: St. Brendans Columbarium

In the face of such great loss, what can be certain is that Pat, Pepper, Nan, Mom, or any nickname she acquired that carved her relationship to the sayer of such name, was an immensely strong woman with a profound faith.

It is with great sorrow to announce that Helen Thatcher, 77, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Helen, known to most as Pat, was born on August 18, 1938 to Charles and Helen Connell Mack. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY..

After attending St. Brendans HS in Brooklyn, Pat began working for Western Electric in New York City. Pat met Samuel Thatcher, who would soon become her beloved, at a picnic in Breezy Point, when she was 19. They instantly realized they were soulmates and married soon after they met. It was in this partnership that they would don the nicknames, Salt and Pepper, from one of their sons; names such as these can only highlight the love and support Sam and Pat gave one another throughout their lives together. Soon after their marriage, Sam and Pat, knowing their love could reach wide and far depths, added five children to their family: Marybeth, Kathleen, Bryan, Michael and Robert.

The choice to move the family from Brooklyn to Highland Mills, NY, was tough for Pat, but one she never regretted. She quickly settled in and began work for the NY State DMV. She worked hard and became the assistant director of several DMV offices in the state. Pat was very focused on and dedicated to raising her children and becoming an active part of her community. She put much of that fierce passion for community into her work with Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, as she was, herself, a devout Catholic.

As Pat’s children grew and graduated from college, her and Sam found a passion in the sport of golf. Their combined love of the sport eventually brought them into a new phase of their life; Sam and Pat moved to Ocean Isle Beach, NC in 2003, spending quality time together on the golf course and making many new friends.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel Thatcher, and her children, Marybeth Runkowski, and husband, Dennis; Kathleen Thatcher, and fiancé, Chris Sharpe; Bryan Thatcher; and Robert Thatcher, and wife, Lenore; five grandchildren will always remember her warm, boundless laugh and prominent mentorship in their formative years: Samantha and fiancé, Patrick Choules; Dennis; Kassandra; Brendan; and Emily. She will always be loved by her entire family, along with her many, dear friends.

In the words from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: “…We do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Nan, though now you are eternally unseen, you are, for me and for the rest of your children, grandchildren, and friends, a light, a source of glory, in our collective memory. May you live in peace and happiness in heaven.

The family request in lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573 or Make-A-Wish at Hudson Valley, 832 South Broadway, The Wish House, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

Private online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.