The Brownsville community is mourning the death of Michael Thomas, known as Mr. Mentor, criminal justice advocate, community activist, and retired corrections officer.

He died from prostate cancer on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021.

From his Scared Straight Program, with tours of Rikers Island; to his #1 Dad Program, Thomas’ work did not stop during his full time job and after retirement. Not only did he try to make a difference at work, he also touched many lives in the community. 

“Michael loved Brooklyn,” his family stated of the Brownsville native. His concern and love for the youth encouraged him to start his Mr. Mentor Program and the Save the Youth Foundation, to educate the young people about their rights pertaining to the law and as a deterrent from incarceration. 

The viewing for Michael Thomas took place at the Citadel Cathedral of Praise & Worship on Dec. 1, 2021. He was laid to rest at Evergreens Cemetery the following day.

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