The many mourners at his funeral, held at the House of Faith in St George, included councillors from across the political divide. Among them was the chairman of the council, Cllr Ian Boulton.
Cllr Thomas, who leaves a widow, Christine, four children and several grandchildren, was a councillor on South Glos for many years up until the last election but remained as a Bitton parish councillor. He became an Alderman in 2011.
He also served on many other organisations over the years including as a governor at The Meadows School, Bitton Parish Welfare Fund for the Elderly, Bitton Village Residents’ Association.
Paying tribute to Mike Thomas, Cllr Jane Allinson (Lib Dem, Oldland Common), who worked with him for many years, said: “A committed Liberal Democrat, his record of dedication and commitment to Bitton and the wider community began in the 1970s.
“He was an expert on planning matters and had a particular interest in transport issues. His expertise in matters financial as a retired bank manager was greatly valued by these bodies.
“Mike, who was born in Barton Hill, never forgot his roots and was able to relate to folk from all walks of life. He was a committed Christian and lived his beliefs.
“He gave up his time freely to the service of others. He was so proud to serve the residents of Bitton. Mike was a gentleman and a gentle man. He will be greatly missed by many folk whose lives have been touched by him.”