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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Services Set for Staples Teacher Cody Thomas

Services were announced today for Cody Thomas, the Staples English teacher and co-adviser to the award-winning Inklings school newspaper who died Saturday at age 27. (See WestportNow Jan. 25, 2016

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Cody Thomas: died Saturday. Contributed photo

Relatives and friends may call at the Lacerenza Funeral Home, 8 Schuyler Ave., Stamford on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 2 to - 8 p.m.

A prayer service will be held at the Lacerenza Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford.

Donations may be made in his memory to Staples Tuition Grants, PO Box 5159, Westport, CT 06681-5159 or http://www.staplestutitongrants.org/donations.

The family today published the following obituary notice:

Cody Randall Thomas, 27, of Stamford passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

He was born in Stamford on Jan. 8, 1989 to Matthew G. Thomas and Anna Colaurcio Thomas. Cody was an English teacher at Staples High School in Westport.

He is survived by loving mother Anna Colacurcio Thomas and father Matthew G. Thomas both of Stamford, his sister Callie-Rose Thomas, grandparents Vito and Rosa Ciminnelo Colacurcio also of Stamford, his grandmother Janis Thomas Goodcuff of North Port, Fla., by his uncle, Randall M Thomas (Carolyn), and aunt, Kathleen T. Giordano (Richard), his uncle Felice Colacurcio (Georgia), his cousins Annamaria Downey Gueco and Sean and Liam Downy of Seattle, Wash., cousins Alex Giordano of Stamford, Racquel, Veronica and Tiffani Colacurico of Stamford, and cousins Logan and Lena Thomas of Trumbull. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Louis J. Thomas and Lawrence Goodcuff, and aunt, Tracy Thomas of Stamford, and his aunt, Callista C. Downey of Seattle, Wash.

Cody was a musician, poet, writer, mentor and altruistic educator.  He was a graduate of New York Arthur Carter institute of Journalism, University and had a master’s in education from the University of Connecticut. Before joining the staff at Staples High School, he was a writer for the Stamford Advocate, and editor of the rock journal Revolver. 

As co-advisor with the Staples High School newspaper Inklings, he helped bring them to the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Convention where they received a gold medal award. His love of music led him to study music at New York University and play in many local bands after graduation. 

Cody was loved by friends, family and students alike. He was known to go above and beyond what was expected of him as a teacher. He didn’t just make kids better students he made them better people. One of his students commented that he has molded too many minds and touched too many people to disappear anytime soon.

Cody was an intelligent and articulate young man whose drive to do better brought him many successes in life. He will be missed by family, friends, the students at Staples High School, his co-workers and all the people whose lives that were touched by his. 

Relatives and friends may call at the Lacerenza Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8 Schuyler Ave., Stamford on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 from 2 to 8 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford.

Donations may be made in memory of Cody Randall Thomas to Staples Tuition Grants, PO Box 5159, Westport, CT 06681-5159 or http://www.staplestutitongrants.org/donations.

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