BURIED TOGETHER

Partner Billy Rambo

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East Germantown Lutheran Cemetery East Germantown, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Woodlawn Cemetery, 517 E 233rd St, Bronx, NY 10470

 Robin May ThomasRobin May Thomas (April 26, 1915 – April 10, 1944) was a young art connoisseur and night-life patron

He was the son of Blanche Oelrichs and Leonard M Thomas and and grandson of George C. Thomas, once a partner in Drexel, Morgan & Co. He committed suicide in 1944 and was found dead in his bed at his home near Litchfield, CT. His stepsister Diana Barrymore claimed her mother had a far greater affection for Robin than for her.

He was originally buried in Pershing, Indianapolis, in the plot of a close friend, Billy Rambo, who had died the fall before him, according to his own request, but his mother had him removed to her family plot in the Bronx. On his stone was inscribed My beloved spake and said unto me Rise up my fair one and come away. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Costly jewels and jeweled accessories worthy $1.000.000 that had been part of his attire as one of the leaders of New York's cafe society were included in an estate which Robin Thomas, 29- year-old heir to a Philadelphia fortune, left to friends and relatives in his will.

The will was probated in Philadelphia because a large part of the estate was held in trust funds there. Among the large cash bequests are $100,000 each to his mother, to his half-sister, Diana Barrymore, actress-wife of the theatrical producer, Bramwell Fletcher; and a niece, Vivian May Thomas, who also receives the Connecticut estate. One legacy that was not be fulfilled is that of $50,000 and a valuable cigaret case to Thomas friend, William Lloyd Rambo, 22-year-old former Navy gunner's mate, who jumped from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in New York less than four months before Thomas' own death. The young heir had directed that the bequest to Rambo take precedence over all others if his estate proved insufficient. Among the Jewelry noted in the will were a $5000 platinum and sapphire cigaret case and ruby cuff links to his brother Lieutenant Leonard M. Thomas, U.S.N.R; a ruby and gold cigaret case and "gold fish by Jean Schlumberger" to his mother; carved ruby and diamond cuff links and studs to his sister-in-law, Yvonne Thomas; sapphire and diamond cuff links to the executor Joseph L. Bailey, Philadelphia stock broker; and a ruby ring to Lloyd Pantages, of Los Angeles, a friend. The residuary estate, including all his furniture, paintings, works of art and remaining Jewelry, was left to his mother.


by Arnold Genthe


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