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Richard Thomas attended school in Delta, B.C. before moving to Ontario where he studied Broadcasting at Conestoga College in Kitchener. In 1983 he moved from radio station CKPR in Thunder Bay to CFOS in Owen Sound. In 1986 he accepted a position as the Regional News Correspondent for CKCO Television, a job he held until 1999. Since that time he has owned and operated Richard Thomas Communications in Owen Sound, where he lives with his wife and children. 

A lifelong reader, Richard began writing seriously in 1991. His first novel, Gas Head Willy, was shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for the best first novel of 1996. He has been awarded the Heritage Certificate of Recognition by the Grey County Historical Society; and in 2018 the Ontario Historical Society presented him with the Carnochan Award for outstanding service to Ontario's heritage community.

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