Oscar P. “Ozzie” Thrasher, Jr., 91, of East Falmouth, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
Ozzie was an amazing man that was loved, is missed and will always be cherished. His story starts on March 29, 1927 where he was born to Ella G. and Oscar P. Thrasher in Fitchburg, MA. He was the fourth out of five children and is predeceased by his siblings; Richard Thrasher, Dorothy Ferrera, Ann Latini and Ruth Proulx.
Growing up in Fitchburg, MA and attending school, Ozzie found himself searching for a greater calling. At the age of 17, he entered into the U.S. Navy in May of 1943, where he served on the USS Essex, a CV-9 air craft carrier stationed in the Pacific Ocean during WWII. He held the rank of Seaman Second Class and was a mechanic in charge of air craft and damage control during his service. Ozzie was honorably discharged in February of 1946 and returned home to Fitchburg where he became a police officer for the Leominster Police Department and served for 9 years.
During his time as a police officer, he worked off shifts bartending at the Lakeview Club. Holding a tray of drinks, while doing the twist he met the love of his life. His “Sweetie” Pat and Ozzie, spent the next 57 years showing all who surrounded them the meaning of true love and devotion. Their commitment to family and each other will always be felt.
Ozzie obtained his Masters Electrical License and started his own successful business, Thrasher Electric Company in 1967, which is still going strong today. He took extreme pride in his work and you will never find a cleaner job site than one that he worked on.
His enjoyments were many: a competitive Roller Skater, avid golfer, cheering on his beloved Red Sox and Patriots, he could play a mean set of spoons and cribbage was his game. His beer was Schlitz and his smokes were Lucky Strikes. He was an active member of St. Barnabas Church and held his Boy Scouting family close to his heart, where he was a Troop Leader and Awards Chairman for many years. Ozzie loved the sea and beach and food at Mary Ellen’s always made him smile. He was a friend of Bill Wilson for 30 years and was an incredible sponsor and supporter to many of his members.
Ozzie’s legacy will be his family, which he was so very proud of. He is survived by: his loving wife Patricia (Medeiros) Thrasher, Scott & Nancy (Bassett) Thrasher, Brian & Amy (Collins) Thrasher and Kristin (Thrasher) & Doug Shearer all of Falmouth. He treasured all of his grandchildren: Samuel & William Thrasher, Tyler Bergstrom & Ryli Thrasher and Caroline & Lauren Shearer. Uncle Oz also adored all of his many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 18, from 4-7pm at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A celebration of Ozzie’s life is planned for Friday, October 19, at 11am at St. Barnabas Church, 91 Main St, in Falmouth. Interment will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, please send your support to: Cub Scouts-Pack 39, 195 John Parker Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536 or Falmouth Fire & Rescue Department, 399 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540.