Dr. John Barry Thomas died on July 14 at his home in Harthaven. He was 95 and had recently celebrated his birthday while surrounded by many family members.

He was born in New Haven, Conn. on May 18, 1927 to Dr. John J. and Eileen B. Thomas. As a child, he enjoyed summers in Rockwood, Ontario at the home of his maternal grandparents. He was valedictorian of his graduating class at Ansonia High School. He then earned a bachelors of science at Yale University and a M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He had a long career practicing internal medicine in Hartford, Conn.

In 1969, one of his patients introduced him to Harthaven and he eventually built a home there. He and his family spent many summers there and he ultimately retired there. He has also lived in West Hartford, Conn., and Naples, Fla.

He had many interests and hobbies, including woodworking, cooking, sailing and traveling. As a young man, he built several of his own sailboats and in his later years he enjoyed building model ships. He was very proud of the prizes he won at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair for his loaves of bread and ship models.

Jack was predeceased by his wife, Ann Owens Thomas, whom he married in 1951. He is survived by his three children, Martha Osborne and her spouse Robert, Jack Thomas and his spouse Anne, and Matthew Thomas and his spouse Beverly; grandchildren Thomas Osborne and his spouse Youn, Dr. Maggie Thomas and her spouse Dave Mich, Sarah Osborne her spouse Justin Ovsak, Andrew Thomas and his spouse Katie, Hillary Minerd and her spouse Ben, Eileen Thomas, Brittany Thomas and Owen Thomas. In his later years, the lights of his life were his great-grandchildren Madeline, Margot, Jojo, Sage, Clayton, Harry and the newest addition to his family, Sloane.

Memorial donations may be made to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.