Dave Thomas

Birth Name:
Rex David Thomas
Birth Date:
July 2, 1932
Birth Place:
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Death Date:
January 8, 2002
Place of Death:
1 Bay Colony Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Cause of Death:
Carcinoid neuroendocrine tumor in the liver
Cemetery Name:
Union Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Business and Finance
Dave Thomas was a successful businessman, philanthropist, fast-food tycoon and the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy's, a fast-food restaurant chain. In 1979 sales exceeded $1 billion dollars and at the time of his death, there were more than 6,000 Wendy's restaurants operating in North America.

Fun Fact

Dave Thomas was known for appearing in more than 800 commercial advertisements for the chain from 1989 to 2002, more than any other company founder in television history.

Dave Thomas dropped out of high school at age 15 to support himself. After retirement, he returned to high school in Florida, and graduated in 1993. His classmates voted him most likely to succeed.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Union Cemetery

3349 Olentangy River Road

Columbus, Ohio, 43202


North America


Map of Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio

Grave Location:

Mausoleum Chapel B, Lot 1B, Space 1

Grave Location Description

As you enter the mausoleums, Mausoleum B is on the left side. As you open the doors to Mausoleum B look to your left, second from the bottom, and you will find the final resting place of Dave Thomas and his wife.

Grave Location GPS

40.0277738112, -83.0327841445



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