Brett Alan Thomas, 41 of Columbus, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Doctors Hospital surrounded by his brothers and one of his best friends. He was born on September 16, 1978 in Columbus to Kent and Lynda Sue (Long) Thomas, whom he loved immensely.
Brett was a force of nature, who lived his life fearlessly and passionately. He graduated from Madison Plains High School in 1997, and then matriculated to Kent State University. At Kent State, Brett studied politics and law, and found a crew of lifelong friends who would be with him on his life adventures for the next 20+ years.
After graduating from Kent State in May 2001 with a B.A. in Political Science, Brett returned to Columbus, where he lived his remaining years. He made new and amazing friends, honored his parents, bought his lovely home (which he called his “chateau”), earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies, read many books on American and world history, and had many adventures and capers (which he could conjure up in even the most mundane of outings).
Summarizing the sum of Brett is impossible. He was wildly complicated, contradictory, and surprising. And yet, if pressed, we can say at least this: Brett was a lifelong and fierce Buckeyes fan who enjoyed a smooth bourbon, laughing with his friends, road trips, and writing poetry. He was an avid music fan and concert goer, his favorites being Queen, Kings of Leon, Madonna, and the Killers. He was a foodie, who especially enjoyed “sconces” and “gury cheese.” He loved wine and debating the virtues of various bottles of wine with his friends. He enjoyed debating politics. Actually, he just really enjoyed debating. Everything. He was brave, bold, loyal, curious, and an amazing friend.
Brett will be missed beyond measure by his friends and family. We will carry our love for Brett with us throughout life, finding comfort in the laughter from memories that can only come from having loved and been loved by Brett.
He is survived by his brothers Trevor Kent Thomas and Troy Christopher Thomas; nephews and niece Tyler Hodge, Trent Thomas, Sierra Thomas and Shane Thomas; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Brett’s life is being planned at the EBERLE-FISHER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 103 N. Main Street, London, where online condolences for the family may be sent to www.eberlefisherfuneralhome.com.
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