Former AFRO copy editor, Robert M. “Mitch” Thomas, who also worked for other publications as a reporter and circulation manager, died of natural causes in Bryn Mawr, Penn.

After being honorably discharged from the military in 1943, he earned an English degree with honors in journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to complete certification in advertising and public relations.

His work with Gino’s Restaurants – a business established by Colts teammates Alan Ameche and Gino Marchetti – facilitated Gino’s becoming a comfortable place for families to gather, and one of the most successful fast food chains.

Always determined to help other, his community service affiliations included the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Philadelphia Police Athletic League and the Catholic Community Relations Council, for which he received numerous awards.

His loves extended beyond his family to his faith and fishing.

Thomas leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 60 years, Pearline (nee Bell); his children, Robert M. Jr., Richard M. Randall M., Reynald M. and Ariane M and five grandchildren.

Services were held March 17 at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Philadelphia.