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Christmas won't be the same in Thomasville

September 21, 2006

Thomasville-  Christmas this year in Thomas County won't be the same. A man known throughout the county as Santa Claus has died. 

Fifty nine year old Ron Shank best known for portraying Santa Claus at events across Thomas County including the city's Victorian Christmas died Wednesday morning at his home in Thomasville. Many remember Shank for always being in character. 

"It would be July and he would see a child on the street and the child would recognize him and he would say, now you need to be good, Christmas is coming, so he would immediately jump into character, that was what Ron Shank did," said Felicia Brannen, Thomasville Downtown Main Street. 

Shank was a founding member of Thomasville's On Stage and Company theater group and was a social worker at Southwestern State Hospital and a volunteer with the Boston Fire Department. A service will be held Friday at 10 o'clock at Allen and Allen Funeral Chapel.

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