Sean Thomas, 27, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 2, 2019. He is survived by his parents Thomas & Marie Jones of New Port Richey, FL; his sister Melissa Previte and her husband Tony of Spring Hill, FL; his sister Colleen Manfre, her husband Agostino, and his beloved niece Gianna (Little G) of Washington, DC; Poppi George Screnock & wife Corazon of New Port Richey, FL; Uncle Petey & Aunt Marianne Screnock of New Port Richey, FL; Aunt Donamarie Jones, Aunt Nancy & Uncle Jimmy Miles from River Vale, NJ; Aunt Barbara Ann & Uncle Carl Sibiga of Tom's River, NJ; Cousins Michael Screnock of Virginia; Nicole, Jace, and Ricky Duran from New Port Richey, FL and Kathleen Miles & Shannon Miles from River Vale, NJ. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph & Clare Jones of River Vale, NJ, Maryann Screnock of New Port Richey, FL and Uncle Joseph Governale of Dumont, NJ.
Sean was a brilliant scholar, dedicated Environmental Scientist, and extremely passionate about nature. He worked as an Assistant Staff Scientist for Cardo, an Ecologist, a Research Chemist for Mote Marine Aquarium, was a Produce clerk at Publix Super Markets and held various internships as an Ocean Technology specialist at Mote Marine Lab as well as working with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to determine water quality statewide.
Sean attended River Ridge High School where he excelled in his academics, varsity soccer and as the kicker for the football team, where he was so proud to have nailed a 50 yard field goal and executed 2 onside kick recoveries in the same game versus Gulf High School. Starting at age 8, he played his entire competitive soccer career with West Pasco Thunder, where he met most of his lifelong friends on that first U-9 team.
He attended Saint Leo University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Ecology. Some of his most fondest memories were being part of the Men's Soccer team as a goalkeeper. He was part of the Tri-Bet Biological Honor Society, awarded the NCAA Academic Achievement Award, inducted into the National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society, and honored with the Community & Personal Development awards for the St. Leo Men's Soccer team.
He had a vast love for all sports, including football and the Tampa Bay Lightning. He loved fishing and writing inspirational quotes. Sean was an amazing person who always saw the positive side of things and who's life mission was to inspire others to be better versions of themselves. Our wish is that he has done just that in the short amount of time he had here with us.
“True success is to discover your own gifts that you have within and using them for the greater good of humanity” – Sean Jones