William J. Thomas, DDS

william  thomas, dds
William "Bill" J. Thomas, DDS (age 58) passed away on October 24, 2008 at his home in Vienna, Virginia. Beloved husband of Becky Thomas; father of Lacey Parker, Billy Thomas, & Jake Thomas; son-in-law of Irene & Ed Thomas; brother-in-law of Judy Thomas. He is also survived by special friends Lily, Daisy, & Minnie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Shenandoah River, Attn: Karen Andersen, 1460 University Dr., Gregory Hall, Winchester, VA 22601.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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Memories Timeline


  1. We love Bill. He always had a great story about family, fishing and life. Our family will really miss him.

  2. You were my boss, my mentor, my friend, my “brother.” For 22 years, we shared talks and tears, laughter and fun. Every November 5, I will raise a glass to you. Because of your big heart, you will forever have a place in mine. – Sister Ray

  3. Bill- God has a special place in Heaven for those with hearts as big as yours. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I will cherish the memories of our Wolftrap concerts, our 10-mile bass-fishing trips in the Shenandoah and Potomac, and the other myriad celebrations that make life memorable. God Bless you my friend for all you shared with our family- Becky, Sierra, AJ, and me. Your lifelong service to the community is legend, but it is your friendship that will be treasured in my heart forever. My family and I will miss you deeply. May God Bless you Becky, Lacey, Bill, and Jake. -Ron, Sierra, & AJ Litwin

  4. You made me feel I had a second home. You were there whenever anyone needed you, friend or stranger. You were a teacher of excellence. You were a nature lover as nature loved you. You are in my heart forever. I will miss you and will never forget you. Bruiser

  5. My boss of 29.5 years is gone. But his memories will live forever with his family, employees, patients, Vienna Youth Sports, and the many other people’s lives that were touched by him. Rest in Peace Dr. T

  6. My boss for 25 years. I will deeply miss him. I really saw him as part of my family. I loved him very much.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thomas family and with the staff of Dr. Thomas office. Riley & Olivia loved his quick smile, booming voice, enthusiasm, everything that made his office a great place to be a patient. We are so saddened by this news but feel blessed Dr. Thomas was a part of our lives.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thomas family and Dr. Thomas’ staff. We are saddened by your loss and we too will miss him. But, every time we look at our girls’ beautiful smiles he will be remembered.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, and office staff. Everytime we look at our daughters beautiful smile, we will think of you!! Thanks Dr. T

  10. My baseball coach for three years, he made everything a special experience. Truly a great man who brought a smile to everyone around him. I am honored to have known him.

  11. Lacey, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Let me know if I can do anything for you here at the office.

  12. Bill was a great friend and will be missed. I especially enjoyed our monthly lunches together when we would ultimately wind up talking about our dogs. He is an inspiration to me–helping me in so many ways, both professionally and personally. My staff and I send our deepest sympathy to your family.

  13. Ruth and I will always miss hearing Bill’s voice. He was the strongest, most ethical person I ever knew. When I started practice all those years ago he gave me encouragement and confidence with his positive attitude on life. I remember canoeing down the Shenandoah together after dental school graduation 32 years ago and I’m sure he’s up in heaven fishing there right now.

  14. Our sincere condolences to the Thomas family. Dr T was one of a kind. We will think of him when we look at our boys’ beautiful smiles.

  15. Am so sorry to hear of Bill’s death. He was one of my best students in Ortho when I taught at GU> He will surely be missed by all of U and the dental community. Hope U can recover from this tragedy!! John Rushton

  16. My first memory of Bill was playing Whiffle Ball in the back of Irene’s house some 30 –plus years ago when I was barely a teenager. I remember thinking at the time that he was the most fun person I had ever met. Over the years, I had that same thought every time we met. Perhaps the most amazing thing to me about Bill, was that in every interaction I had with him over the past 30 years, I always left our meetings feeling better about myself. He never missed an opportunity to check how my family was doing, how my career was doing and, in the process, tell me how terrific I was. Seeing my son have the opportunity to play Cornhole with Bill recently, at about the same age as when I first played Whiffle Ball with Bill, is a memory I’ll always cherish. I’m a better person for having known him. All my love and my family’s love to Becky, Lacey, Billy and Jake and everyone else in the extended family. Bobby, Michelle, Carter & Sydney Louthian

  17. to bill, we say, thanks for the many years we have spent together, all the love, fun, and laughter, the nights out to dinner, days on the river…the jokes …all our lives have been enriched by GOD for having shared you with us and having made our lives more meaningful…until we meet again, know that you were loved by all… may God bless you and your family and give you peace and understanding, one and all… we shall miss you and you will forever reside in our hearts…as some great mind once said, “… you are much like the old lamplighter ,you could always tell in which direction the old lamplighter had travelled because of the lamps he had lit…” … we, too, can follow your trail, bill, because of the many lamps you have lit in making this a better place for all of us…… all our love to you and your family, arlene and bob

  18. Dr. thomas I wish you comfort and peace may god be with you . thank you for all the teachings and for being a excellent doctor. you will always be remember. thanks for have giving me the opportunity to work for you Thelma guerrero.

  19. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Thomas family – family and staff! Dr. T. was truly a remarkable doctor and person. He will always be remembered by Taylor’s beautiful smile!! I’m glad we had the opportunity to know him. Sincerely, The Beck Family

  20. I feel very sad to hear about Bill’s passing. He was a mentor and a source of inspiration for me. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and his staff at this most difficult time. Eva M. Pleta, DDS

  21. I remember bringing my daughter,Jennifer, to Dr.Thomas and walking over construction and being greeted by a smiling Dr.T. He told us that she was his first patient. Next we brought my younger daughter Heather and now my grandson Tyler (Jenni’s son) is a patient of Dr.T. I visited with Dr.Thomas recently at Tyler’s appointment and we had a wonderful time reminiscing. We all truly love Dr.Thomas and will miss him grately. Our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to his beloved family. Sincerely, Barbie Walling

  22. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and staff of Dr. T. He was not just an orthodontist to my girls, but a friend to the family. He never forgot a birthday, to acknowledge a big sports win, or just to cheer us up on a down day. For him to leave this earth at such a young age means God must have had special plans for him in heaven. He was an unusually kind and patient man and the Daley family will miss him dearly.

  23. Our daughters have been visiting Dr. “T” for over eight years now. He never missed a chance to ask them about their sport teams, dance or art activities. He was a remarkable doctor and friend to us all. I will continue to think of Dr. “T” everytime I look at my girls’ beautiful smiles. We will miss him so. – The Belte Family

  24. Dr. Thomas gave Bonnie the gift of a beautiful smile and was well on his way with Ryan. We will miss him greatly.

  25. Bill was always able to offer a kind word and bits of advice. I often consulted him for words of wisdom, and I am deeply saddened for his family. Grief is a horrible thing, but I am sure that a higher power had plans for him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

  26. Dr. Bill was a great friend and supporter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and will be missed by all of us. Tight lines, Bill.

  27. I will miss Bill very much. He was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. When you saw him, even if you were a little down, he would make you feel better about yourself and the profession of dentistry. When I would refer my patients to him everyone, without exception, would tell me how much their kids loved him and how they, the parents, were so impressed. I will miss Bill greatly. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bill’s family

  28. Dr. T. made the entire process of orthodontia work so easy and fun for my children. All the photographs in the office kept us entertained and laughing. Braden’s smile is perfect and Cameron’s is coming along beautifully. Dr. T. will be missed by all of us. Our deepest sympathy to his family and to his staff.

  29. Our deepest sympathies to Dr. T’s family, friends, and staff; Isabel and Daniel Gross loved going to see him and he made even painful things seem painless. Let’s hope he’s smiling up there in heaven!

  30. Dr Thomas has been part of our family for over 20 years. I will always be grateful for him sharing his passion and knowledge of the river with me. I also appreciate him sharing his faith. He has created fond memories for me that will last forever. Our prayers of peace go out to Dr Thomas and his family. We love you Dr. T ! Josh

  31. We were shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. T’s passing. All three of our children over a ten year period were patients. He and his staff are a part of their childhood. He was a wonderful doctor, so caring and fun. He will be greatly missed. With condolences, The Gray Family

  32. I will never forget all the great laughs and “THE BIG TALK”, the rock-n-roll, the best day on the Shenandoah River in the rain, all your stories, our softball lunches (we could never get you out at 1st base), most of all I’ll never forget the unique and talented person you are and everything you taught me. Thank you for being a friend to me and my family. I will miss you. you’re PR friend forever, JILL-O

  33. Bill was one of the most giving people I had the pleasure of knowing. He always took time to meet with me and pass on his wealth of knowledge on everything from orthodontics to personal development. His only requirement was that when I got close to retirement I had to come back and tell him how it all worked out. Bill, I will still have the conversation one day….just in a better place. My thoughts and prayers go to all his friends and family.

  34. Dear Becky and children, You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss him very much. This world is a better place because of him. I am glad that God shared him with so many. I hope heaven has a great turkey sandwich with havarti cheese on a kaiser roll with honey mustard sauce waiting for you Dr. T !!! Love, Mary ( former co-owner of Wolftrap Deli )

  35. Becky, sincere condolences to you and your family, we will keep you in our hearts and prayers. God Bless you!

  36. Dr. Thomas was a terrific coach, friend, and mentor. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this difficult time.

  37. Thank you Dr. Thomas for all of the things that you have done for me. You will be remembered always by me and my family. You are a great person. -Justin Bingham

  38. “A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most complete prayer” Gotthold Lessing To The Thomas family, We send many grateful thoughts your way…..our prayers are with you. Find comfort in knowing how special Dr. T. was.

  39. Dr. T was a very special person to our entire family. We will all miss him and extend our sorrowful condolences to his family and to his office staff. Dr. T was such a warm and giving person; we will never forget the time when he came into the office after hours to fix a broken part of my son’s braces. We had left a message to try to get an appointment when the office re-opened, but he called us and offered to come in just to keep my son from being uncomfortable all weekend. We think that it is a wonderful tribute to him and his generous spirit that the artistry of his work will light up the smiles of the people of Vienna for decades to come.

  40. We extended our heartfelt sympathy to the Thomas family and to Dr. T’s office family. We will forever be grateful for Dr. T’s professionalism, his humor, and the beautiful smiles he created inside and out. We will you Dr. T!

  41. Hello Thomas Family, I am extremely sorry for your loss and my prayers will be with Dr. T and your entire family. As much as I would like to be at the service to support your family and show my condolences, I will be unable to attend due to school in South Carolina and I am very sorry for that. I will always remember Dr. T as the gentle giant he was. After knowing Dr. T and your family for essentially all my life, it was very tough to hear that he passed. Take care and be safe Thomas Family. On a lighter mood, I will always remeber Dr. T for the light hearted fisherman he was. I couldn’t even count the amount of time I passed the Thomas house to see Dr. T practicing his fishing cast in the yard. Love Always, Neil Moyer

  42. We lost a great man this past Friday. The extent of which continues to grow each day that passes as the reality of this loss sets in. This man was one of the most caring and giving human beings I’ve personally ever known. There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for those he cared for. He was a loving husband, father, neighbor, coach, mentor, and my very good friend. I’ll remember him for many things. He reintroduced me to my favorite past time which is fishing and spending entire days with him on the Shenandoah River. I’ll remember him insisting that I drive his brand new Corvette (and shortly thereafter I had to have one of my own). I’ll remember a man that was totally unselfish wanting to give far more than he received and wanting only a mere thank you in return. I’ll remember him for being one of the best coaches that my sons ever had. I’ll remember hooking up his riding lawn mower with a pull cart filled with hay and taking our boys trick-or-treating. I’ll remember a man that was always trying to bring the best out of people by insisting they be the best they can be. My list of good memories of this man and his family goes on and on… This great man’s name is Dr. William Thomas and he will always be remembered in the very highest regards by all that knew him. He will surely be missed and our deepest sympathy goes out to you Becky, Lacey, Billy and Jake. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to ease your pain. We are here for you as always. Paul, MaryAnn, Ryan, Neil, and Keith Moyer

  43. Dear the Thomas Family, I am greatly sorry to hear about your loss and I cannot express my condolences enough. I will always remember Dr. T as guy that always smiled; even his shirts said so. I do not think I have ever met a man so generous and caring toward others. It seemed like every month he would do something very nice for our family then not accept anything in return. I remember when Dr. T, my dad and I went fishing on the Shenandoah and every time I would try to say something to my Dad, Dr. T was there to shush me so i wouldn’t disturb the fish. That didn’t compare to his yard fishing however, which gave me a laugh every time i rode my bike by. I will never forget the great times Dr. T gave me. This world could not have asked for a better man and I wish you all the best of luck.

  44. To Becky, Lacey, Billy and Jake, My thoughts are with you. May you find peace and comfort among family and friends.

  45. My family and I were so very sorry to hear of Dr. Thomas’ passing. Between 1979 and 1989, my sister Renee and I were patients of Dr. Thomas. In that ten year span of time, one or both of us were in that office almost every month. Going to Dr. T for an appointment, for me, was never a problem. Granted, it was not fun getting the braces tightened monthly, but he was always so good-natured, all the time. He made the pain not seem so bad, and always made the experience at his office a fun one in some way. As the years passed, and we were no longer patients of his, Dr. Thomas would see my parents either in church, or around Vienna, and he’d STILL take the time to ask how my sister and I were doing. That just goes to show how caring he was, and what an amazing memory he had, as well. I will forever be grateful for Dr. T’s dedication as an amazing Orthodontist, his warm personality, and his roles as a terrific coach and leader in the community. Living out on the west coast now, I will unfortunately not be able to attend the funeral. I am sure I speak for my entire family when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with each and every member of the Thomas family.

  46. To the Thomas family, I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences for your loss. Dr. Thomas was the man that furthered my life not only as a baseball player through his utmost dedication but also fostered my growth as a young man in ways which I would never be able to repay him. As a coach he preached practice as the way to gain the edge on the diamond, but more importantly as a man he exuded the dedication and care to his family and teams that no man could ever match–no matter how many teeth molds we would break in his office basement. Dr. Thomas’ undying spirit will always live on in anyone with whom he shared his passionate endeavours. He sent us fair when we would run foul and challenged us to rise when we had fallen. A man never to be forgotten, may Doc Thomas live on in our hearts forever. With my deepest sympathies I wish you the best of luck.

  47. To say I’m sorry for your loss does not get close to how deeply sad I feel for you and the family. Day by day, the pain will ease. Be there for each other. This is something I can say from my own experience. My girls and I will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Katie, Jamie (patients) and Kim Van Valkenburg

  48. My heart felt sympathy to Dr. Thomas’s family and friends. He brought so much joy to others and always put a smile on my face. I am grateful that our paths crossed.

  49. Dear Becky, Lacey, Billy, and Jake One of the great privileges of our lives is to have known Bill and to have called him our friend. Please take comfort that his life will continue to inspire all that he touched and will serve as an enduring legacy of achievement, service, kindness, and generousity. We will never forget him. The entire Thomas family is in our prayers and we hope to be of support to you in your hour of need.

  50. My heart felt sympathy to Dr. Thomas’s family and friends. He brought so much joy to others and always put a smile on my face. I am grateful our paths crossed.

  51. i love dr. thomas so much. he was like a uncle to me. he meant so to me. he make me have pretty teeth for my senior pictures. he bourght so much joy to me. i know he is watching over me in haven.

  52. Becky: We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Erica misses you. Love, The Chambers

  53. My two boys Dalton (12) and Austin (11), and my wife and I loved Dr. Thomas. He was an enthusiastic practitioner who inspired my kids. I personally was inspired by his enthusiasm and try to emulate that in my own practice. His energy and influence in our lives will be missed. Earlier this year I took my kids for an appointment just after an ice storm. The power was out at the office making it difficult to see that early in the morning. Within minutes of our arrival Dr. T converted the waiting room, (where the only operating light in the building was), into a treatment area…I just chuckled as he directed staff to bring trays and hold flashlights so he could see. Anybody else would’ve likely sent us trucking back home to western Loudoun and told us to reschedule. Not Dr. T. he respected our effort to get there and used that famous enthusiasm to get my boys cared for…I’ll never forget that! Our deepest condolences to the family, we pray you will be bound closely together in what must be a difficult time. With love and respect: Del, Mary, Dalton & Austin Wilson

  54. Becky, Lacey, Billy and Jake, Your generosity of spirit allowed Bill to share so much of himself with so many families. We are honored to be among them. He will be with us always. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  55. Becky and Family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of your husband & father. Please accept my sympathies and know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. Debbie DeMarco

  56. Dr. Thomas did the impossible: he made a terribly insecure, pimply teenage girl in braces feel beautiful. Every time I came into the office, feeling like the braces would never end, Dr. Thomas would somehow magically beam hope into my mind, so that I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. His smile was contagious. That’s what his gift was–he gave everyone hope. I just wish he was able to give the same gift to himself. Now, he is probably sharing his gift with those in heaven. He will be missed. My love to everyone in his family. I know he was a true friend to my dad, Bill Sherman. And true friends come once in a lifetime.

  57. Dr. William Thomas was an outstanding orthodontist who used his training and skills very effectively to help his patients as well as those persons who had needs that he was eager to address. I appreciated Dr. T’s generosity which he demonstrated in many ways in his concern for the well-being of friends as well as strangers. He touched the lives of all of us in a very positive way and he also made us more aware of the challenges that life can bring and the need for all of us to try to understand more fully how we can be our brother’s keeper. May Bill truly rest in Christ’s peace and may Becky and the children know and feel the love and support of all their friends.

  58. No words can express the deep sense of loss I and my family feel over Bill’s passing. No one man has had a more profound and positive influence on my life than Bill Thomas. He was always a source of inspiration for me personally and professionally. I loved him like a brother and he will always be my best friend. I will miss the marathon dawn to dusk fishing trips on the Shenandoah, flats fishing Islamorada in February, float tubing the Bull Run at Hemlock Overlook, summertime at Bethany Beach, and after work workouts. Most of all, I will miss knowing my friend Bill is 5 minutes down the road for a quick phone call or getting together for lunch during a busy day. The many good times we had as friends I will cherish for the rest of my life. To Becky, Lacy, Bill and Jake, our deepest sympathy and may God comfort you during this trying time. I want you to know that we are here for you always. God Bless, Glenn & Eileen Gerald Matthew, Mark, Erin & Emily

  59. Our deepest sympathies to the family of Dr. Thomas. He has left his mark on the world in the most kind and gentle way. He has given us something to smile about for the rest of our lives. We were very happy to have you as our Orthodontist and we will miss you very much. God Bless.

  60. Dear Becky, Lacey, Billy & Jake Our hearts are heavy as we send sincere condolences at this time of great loss. Thoughts drift back to Georgetown days; basketball, picnics, sightseeing and chasing your guinea pig around the apartment. Spending four years side by side in dental school, Bill was more than just a lab partner, he was a true friend. Years later, after flying into Virginia, we enjoyed seeing your home and visiting over dinner. We saw Bill’s sensational office and were fortunate to tour it again two years later when we walked in unexpectedly while he was working. He was so happy to see us and I’m grateful for that memory. I regret we talked only once more, when he called my office. Thankfully our son Justin was able to speak with Bill several times while he attended school in Virginia. Always helpful and eager to talk, Justin enjoyed getting to know Bill. Remembering Bill will always be heartwarming……..his big smile and extemely friendly manner……..truly a special friend. I’m thankful he touched my life. Becky, from our family to yours, our sincere wishes that his memory will give you peace and help get you through this time of grief. We are thinking of you.

  61. Dear Thomas Family, Dr. Thomas was one of the best coaches and men I have ever known. He taught all those who were in his life the value of hard work, dedication, and how to find joy and love in everything we do. I will never forget going to every practice and smiling with all my teammates when he would pull up in his van. My deepest condolences go out to his family, he will be truly missed by all who ever knew him. Eamon Hanifin

  62. Dr. T- I have so many memories of working in your office. You were a generous and caring boss but more importantly you were someone who I respected and who respected me. You were one of the most passionate people I have ever met. I will remember our softball games, our trips to Wolftrap, the time you took us fishing (my first time fishing and you were so proud when we caught a fish), the way you would hide my mom’s banana bread! I only hope that when I become a teacher, I will teach with as much passion and love as you did. I miss you very much. Your friend, Moose

  63. Dear Becky and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your sudden loss of such a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  64. Dr. Thomas was an amazing, one-of-a-kind person – I cannot imagine another human being who could make a trip to the orthodontist a fun experience. I loved his kindness, and his ability to make me, a very shy and insecure teen, feel comfortable and at home every time I visited his office. He was a wonderful friend to my father, and the kind of person who was able to make everyone he met feel like a friend. I am certain that he is at peace in heaven and hope that all of the struggles he had here on earth are no longer weighing upon his shoulders. My heart goes out to Becky, Lacey, Billy and Jake. I hope that with time some of the weight will be lifted from your shoulders as well.

  65. People thought our family was crazy when we would travel from our new home in suburban Philadelphia back to Vienna so that all five of the Moss children could have their complete orthodontic treatment done by Dr. Thomas. Well those people didn’t know Dr. Thomas and didn’t know that each trip was worth it. Dr. Thomas was not only a very special orthodontist, but a very, very special friend. We will miss him and remember him always. Mrs. Thomas, Lacey, Billy and Jake – our family is thinking of you. We have all remembered the many trips down the bike path that our families took together. They are treasured memories for us all. Even though distance and time has separated our families, you will be close in our hearts always. The Moss Family

  66. As a coach, Bill was demanding. Constantly pointing out the little things that could make you a better hitter, base runner, fielder, he got the most out of his players. He rejoiced when they won, and when they lost if they gave it everything they had. He handed out bushels of game balls, each with a personal something written on them for the player to remember. He drilled players to be on their toes every pitch, every play, cause you can’t expect a 3 by 5 card to drop from the sky telling you what to do. He made fun of himself, enjoyed a good joke, laughed a lot, and made everyone around him feel special. Thanks Bill for some great memories, we are all better for having known you.

  67. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a great guy. Bill always asked how your family was doing, and made you a friend with just his smile.

  68. I am shocked and heartbroken to hear of the passing of such a vibrant, generous, unique and thoughtful being. Dr. Thomas continued to be a powerful example of service and kindness in my life long after he removed my braces. I am very grateful to have known him, and his family is in my thoughts. Elaine O’Brien

  69. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Dr. T touched the hearts and lives of so many people. His office was the only medical office my daughters enjoyed going to. He always made you feel like a close friend and not just a client. He will be greatly missed.

  70. Dear Becky and Family, My heart is heavy as I think of the loss of your husband and father. I worked for Dr. T 25 years ago as a newly married young girl who had just moved to the Northern Virgina area. He took a chance on me, hiring me with no orthodontic experience, and taught me SO much. I remember years later, interviewing for a job in Colorado and the Dr. saying “if you worked for Bill Thomas you must be good.” And I was, thanks to him! Who would guess that years later my husbands Uncle would buy the house right next door to you all? Years later when my daughter battled cancer and I thought I was a distant memory, Bill sent her the most beautiful blanket. I will always remember his kindness. He truly enjoyed being generous to others! Please know that our family will be keeping you in our prayers. We will pray that your memories will always bring you joy and that peace will wash over you. Please accept our deepest sympathies! Cheryl Moyer and Family

  71. Dear Thomas family, Bill was a classmate and colleague. Our conversations over the past 30 years centered on his devotion for patients, family and fishing. I will miss those conversations and he will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  72. Becky, Lacey, Billy and Jake, The entire Henry family has all of you in our prayers. I just returned home from a trip to Duck and Sue is still there. Susie heard about Bill’s untimely death and alerted us. Please do not hesitate to call us if we can do anything to help you. We loved Bill and will always remember the many special things that he did to make each of us feel special. Sincerely, Jim

  73. I was only with Dr. T for 2 years, but it was the most memorable 2 years of my life. Dr. Thomas was more than my boss. He was a mentor and a friend. When I told him I was venturing into nursing school, he was quick to pull out his anatomy books and the model of the skull. He drilled me on the parts until I knew them cold. He encouraged me to pursue my dreams and told me that the sky was the limit. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and all he taught me…about dentistry, about life, and about myself. I will be forever grateful. Rest in peace Dr. T. We love you…

  74. Dr. Thomas was my orthodontist more than 20 years ago. I received the news today and felt sad for the loss of a great person. Even though I haven’t seen him for about 20 years, he is someone I always thought was great. When visiting his office, he always was interested in my life and how high school was going. I know he was personal and friendly to everyone — that’s just the way he was. My love and condolences goes out to his family.

  75. I worked with you for 20 years Dr. T and you taught me what it meant to be a true professional. Your expertise made it possible for your patients to have a beautiful smile and to feel better about themselves. You were a very generous man and always eager to help others.I will miss you and will always remember all the good things you did in your life for everyone. Your famous comment “A+ Lis” will always stay with me and warm my heart. I know that you are now at peace and I ask for strength and peace as well for Becky and your family. Much Love, Lisa

  76. I fell under Bill’s spell many years ago; he was larger than life, a great story-teller, a wonderful friend. He introduced Sue and I to the joys of fishing on the Shenandoah. I’ll treasure the carefree hours we spent on the river together. The sadness at loss of him is truly overwhelming. Becky, we extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you find comfort in the outpouring of those who loved Bill so much too. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. Mike and Sue Farr

  77. Thank you Dr. Thomas for your professional artistry that put smiles on the faces of so many; our two sons were beneficiaries of your expertise. You made going to the Orthodontist COOL and as parents, we are ever grateful for that. Our sincere sympathy to your loved ones. Dale & Elizabeth Snape

  78. Dear Becky and Family, my three children have the most beautiful smiles thanks to Dr. T. He was a very special man. I look at my kids and am constantly reminded of how many lives he touched as a coach and orthodontist. Our prayers are with you.

  79. Dear Becky, I want you to know I am thinking of you and send my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I know your Bill was a marvelous person,loved and admired by so many.

  80. Dr. Thomas, touched some many peoples lives, shares so many memories with the Vienna community.He was such a positive role model to his family and friends. Dr. Thomas is one of the most successful individuals in Vienna, and so well known around the community. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

  81. I am so sorry for you loss! Dr. Thomas was my orthodontist 15 years ago, what a great man he was. My thoughts and prayers are with the Thomas family during this difficult time. God Bless.

  82. Dear Becky and family, So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughs and prayer are with all of you. Bill, was a wonderful person and will by missed by many people. He was someone who was very very special. Love to all, Barbara Schlegel

  83. To the family of “Dr. T,” Our sincere and heartfelt condolence to you on your–really, on OUR–loss. Dr. T so very naturally expanded his world to include and regard so many people as part of his special family that we are all reeling from this tragedy. There truly are no fit words to thank you for the way you have shared Dr. T with all of us but please know that in so doing you enriched the lives of so many. My daughter Jessica was a happy and willing patient of Dr. T’s practice for several years and still remembers the contract that she herself signed because this wonderful man had the forethought and ability to relate to people of all ages. She never once broke that contract! For myself, I loved receiving those special Mother’s Day cards every year. My fervent hope for each of you is that your hearts will be so full of wonderful memories of Dr. T that there will be no room for sorrow. God Bless you all.

  84. My children and I wish to convey our deepest sympathy for your loss. He took such good care of both of my children and was one of the kindest professionals I know. He will be greatly missed. Rose Tigani Calio

  85. Hopefully, in the future, there will be an appropriate time to showcase this smile you helped me achieve. For now, you will be missed.

  86. They say that the world always looks brighter from behind a smile and Dr. Thomas gave the world many, many beautiful smiles. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and his staff.

  87. Sincere condolences to his family, his wonderful staff and for all who knew him;our hearts are heavy. We will always remember his joy, enthusiasm and, most of all, his smile. We are so grateful for having crossed paths. Peace.

  88. I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Thomas. He was a funny man while I was a patient of his. He made my smile beautiful! God has another angel. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  89. This is a HUGE loss for Vienna. The corner of Church and Center streets were enlivened by the one-of-a-kind Dr. Thomas. Driving by that office today, it seemed so lonely. He touched the lives and hearts of so many. Our daughters were patients from 2000-2008 and we raved about the indelible Dr. T to so many of our friends. We will miss him. We will miss his cartoons. We will miss knowing he is there. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, staff and the town.

  90. I always loved going into Dr. T’s office for many reasons…one of which was to accomplish the goal of getting your polaroid picture on the wall of fame! I also think it was a definite Vienna, VA fashion statement when we wore the t-shirts he would give us too! Dr. Thomas holds a really special place in my heart. And to the Mrs. Thomas, Lacey, Billy and Jake — just know that we are all here for you all, we are praying for each of you and that we love you guys.

  91. We first met Bill through baseball when our son and Jake played together. He was a great coach and mentor. Later, when our son needed braces, we felt so lucky to have a great orthodonist as well as friend and neighbor right here in Vienna. Our son actually looked forward to his appointments, because Dr. Thomas made it fun. They talked about baseball and fishing – shared passions. His passing is a great loss to the whole community. We hope your happiest memories comfort you.

  92. Dr. Thomas was the only doctor I ever looked forward to seeing. He was truly one of a kind and will be deeply missed.

  93. Dr. Thomas was so giving and so kind. His understanding heart was a gift to all who encountered him. Not only was he my orthodontist twenty-five years ago, but also the orthodontist to countless past and current students. I am sad to say goodbye and will wear a smile in his honor. Please accept my deepest condolences at this most difficult time.

  94. My heart goes out to your family. Dr. Thomas took care of my son Jimmy for nine years, correcting a very difficult problem – encouraging him through difficult years. Whenever he saw Jimmy on the baseball field, he would come over, put his hand on Jimmy’s shoulder,talk with him, really listen to what he said, and offer words of praise and encouragement. He was a role model and a fixture in our lives as well as many other families in Vienna. Jake – Your dad always asked about Anne and he would share news about you. He was so incredibly proud of you. I wish I could put into words how sorry I am.

  95. We all always enjoyed our visits to Dr. Thomas’ office or running into him around town. His passion and enthusiasm will be missed. We wish to extend deepest sympathies and prayers to Becky, Lacey, Billy and Jake.

  96. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. He was a friend of our family for many years with our children attending the same schools, attending sporting events and of course, being our 3 children’s orthodontist. He always had a smile and kind word and will be missed. May you find comfort in the memories and his good deeds and heart. Malinda and Larry Zimmerman

  97. Dr. Thomas will be missed by all. He was my orthodontist for 7 years and I had the pleasure of working for him for 6 wonderful months. Never have I enjoyed going to work more than those months. Everyday he had a smile and a good word. He will always be in my, and my family’s hearts. My deepest condolences.

  98. Dear Becky, Lacey, Bill, and Jake, All four of my kids had the pleasure of being “braced” by Dr. T. I first learned of him from Pam Herbert, who bragged about him constantly as the most skilled and professional orthodontist anywhere. I was sold on the first visit and so were my kids. They actually looked forward to their trips to see Dr. T and “the girls.” I think my daughter Laura holds the record for having her braces on the longest-5 years! Dr. T was a perfectionist and every time we thought we were ready for the unveiling he’d want to tweak them just a little more! Of course, finally they came off and she got her picture taken and put on the wall of fame. What a memorable day! He always had a smile, a joke, and nice hug for everyone. He will be sorely missed. Church St. will never be the same without him. May your love for each other and him bring you comfort in the years to come.

  99. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. When Randy called mom last night, she called me and went on about how much fun it was to have Bill part of Christmas breakfast. Caitie has the best looking teeth in Annapolis. Love Vicki and Mickey

  100. Becky, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dr. T will forever have a place in our hearts. He was so kind and so generous. He was loved by all. When we look at Tyler and see his smiling face we will forever remember Dr T as will many more young adults he helped too. He not only helped his smile he helped his heart and made him a better man through his example. I know God will embrace him, accept him into the fold and I know he will say to him good job, my good and faithful son. He will missed dearly. Sincerely, Scott and Wendy Hatch

  101. Although I never knew him as my doctor, Mr. Thomas was always one of the most upbeat and positive people I have ever known. Whether it be in tightening braces or encouraging one of his players after a strikeout, he could light up a room & turn a frown upside-down with just a few words. He brought joy and laughter to everyone he touched whether they knew him as doctor, coach, mister T or simply as Bill. Although you will be missed by many, I know the joy you brought to so many children and adults alike will live on in their memories of you.

  102. May God Bless Dr. Thomas and you, his family. We are deeply sorrowed for your loss. He was so wonderful, kind and compassionate to us and to our grandson Brandon, his patient. We are grateful to have known him and will miss him very much. Love, Carol and Glen Harrah

  103. Two of the best things about our three kids’ growing up in Vienna were the Halloween parades and having Dr. Thomas as their orthodontist. They never complained because it was such an upbeat experience – the prizes, the pictures and the ever-changing stuffed animals to enjoy. We are deeply saddened to hear of his death and hope that God grants peace and comfort to his family, friends and co-workers.

  104. To the Thomas Family, My deepest sympathy goes out to your family as this tragedy has occured. Dr. Thomas was one of the greatest people I knew growing up and contributed greatly to my youth. I will never forget how his sense of humor could cheer you up no matter how you were feeling. I will never forget the numerous fishing trips on the Shenandoah River, little league baseball, and always looking forward to going to his doctors office. Dr. T will be truely missed but never forgotten. My prayers and thoughts are with your family during this tough time.

  105. We will never forget Dr. Thomas. He was the orthodontist for both our children, Kathleen and Matthew, and they simply thought the world of him. My wife and I came to know Bill outside his practice at the workout club, Evolution, where he consistently put men many years his junior to shame with his strength. We saw Bill at the club almost every day and he typically greeted us with a sincere question about the family or work or last night’s game. Our family will always remember Dr. T with great fondness and admiration; he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Thomas family.

  106. I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of DR. T who I had not seen in a number of years.For a brief 2 years in the 80’s, he was my orthodontist,over the years that passed I would always mention to Dr, Lewis DDS…How is Dr. T doing, have you seen him lately?He would say sometimes he just had lunch with him…God has called up a truly “great one” this time.Always upbeat, funny and loved his work and family…Dr. T in my mind is irreplaceable…heavy heart condolences to Becky and family.Dr. T..RIP

  107. As children, my sister and I absolutely loved going to Dr T’s appointments. We bragged to all of our friends that “Our orthodontist had videogames that you can play…for FREE!” As a fellow Calvin + Hobbes lover I adored being able to page through his books while I waited my turn. He was an incredible human being whom I will always remember. God Bless, George Kane

  108. Dear Thomas Family, We share in your grief and mourn your loss. We will always remember the kindness “Dr. T.” showed towards are 3 children. He made each one of them feel respected,valued and at ease. Ortho appointments felt more like going to a friend’s house than seeing a doctor. He was a special man and we were honored to have known him. May you find peace and comfort in each other and in the friends and community whose lives he touch so deeply. Jill and Steve Rogers Coleman, Amy and Aaron

  109. To the family and co-workers of Dr T: We are so shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Chuck and Laurie have been going to the office for close to 4 years now and always enjoyed the caring warmth of all. I look back on my son’s pictures; a boy who lost his smile in grades 2-5 because of his teeth now has a wide grin in high school. Laurie, who started with such an overbite that chewing was a chore now enjoys protein sources. As a parent, I greatly respected the time and professionalism of Dr T and how he would lay all the options on the table from the outset. The kids love his hand-drawn cards, decor, and sincerity. How many lives have been positively impacted by Dr T? Innumerable children, parents, co-workers, and adult clients no doubt. He will be missed by all. We wish you a measure of the “peace that passes all understanding” at this difficult time. Know that you are all remembered in prayer.

  110. We love you Dr. Thomas, we were so fortunate to have you a part of our lives. You will never know the impact you had on our lives. We love and miss you.

  111. So long to the man my friends and I referred to as “The nicest guy in Vienna, VA.” I can only echo many of the sentiments written throughout this guestbook. Dr. Thomas really did have that special gift of making you feel like YOU DEFINITELY MATTERED in this world. There was not even one instance in the 20+ years of knowing him that I ever left his presence without feeling substantially better than I had before. It was almost unreal, but his sincerity was never to be doubted. Dr. T’s supportive words, thoughtful generosity, and enthusiastic presence was unmatched. My deepest sympathy to his cherished family: Becky, Lacey, Billy, Jake, and his beloved canines (both past and present). Vienna has lost another awesome human being; and my father, one of the best friends he ever had. Love and Peace to you all. Denise, Scott, Nathan, Aaron, Justin & Morgan Kaley

  112. Dr. Thomas Family, Your loss is truly felt by all of us. Dr. Thomas was such a wonderful man and his love for his patients and employees was felt by all that knew him. We will truly miss him.

  113. Neighbor and friend Bill, we’ll miss you and are so sad that you are no longer with us. You are in our prayers.

  114. One of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. He made going to get metal shoved in your mouth more fun than most would think possible. He will remain a fresh memory to me of just how professionalism can blend so perfectly with humanism.

  115. I owe my great smile to one awesome guy that will never be forgotten. Not sure what I will do without hearing “JIMMY” when I poke my head in the door to say howdy. My prayers are with all feeling pain at this time. I hope you are able to find in your heart that little smile Dr. T left for you. We will sure miss him but know that he has been called to help some angels have beautiful smiles.

  116. I owe everything I have learned about Dentistry and life lessons to Dr. Thomas. I will forever cherish all the Surf shop T-shirts that he brought us back from all of his trips. Though I worked for him many years ago, I have remembered all that he has taught me. Dr. T you will always hold a very special place in our hearts!! My deepest sympathy to the Thomas Family. Wendi

  117. I do not know where to start. Dr. Thomas was my son Brandon’s Favorite Doctor and he has a few. He felt confident and not so scared when he had an appointment with Dr. “T”. He was a special Person to my Son and our family. He loved fishing and so does my Husband. I felt such comfort in His office with all the Pictures of His family, hung like trophies everywhere. He will be missed in many ways by many people. God Bless His closest. His Family and Friends. May God be with all of you. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. With Much Love, Brenda, Vernon, Danielle and Brandon Duce

  118. Our hearts are filled with sadness at your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Chris, Molly Ethan & Megan Lipp

  119. Our family loved you so much! We miss you so much too! Thank you so much for being in our lives. YOU’RE THE #1 DOCTOR!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for a GREAT smile!! The Kim Family

  120. Only the most special person could make a child look forward to his orthodontist appointments! Our older son loved his appointments with you and our younger son was looking forward to the prospect of needing braces. We miss you already. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Shari, Sid, Daniel & Jonathan Schwartz

  121. Dear Thomas Family, We all are shocked & saddened to hear of your great loss. DR. T was a very special man, one who could make anyone feel special. He created beautiful smiles for 4 of our 5 children. We all loved going to his office because he was so full of life and his staff was so incredible. We are so thankful that God allowed us to know him and play baseball under him as well. Casey loved coached Thomas. So did Kyle, (coach asked him to be batboy when he was too young to play, a job he loved). Please know that you all are in our prayers and will continue to be for a very long time! May you all know the comfort and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Love, The O’Keefe Family

  122. Dear Becky, We have and always will have you in our hearts. Our prayers are with you, Lacey, Billy and Jake. Will always remember Bill for his infectious laugh. He was a great story teller and was always eager to make people happy. He was so well respscted, not only for his work, but for his generosity. Bill was a great asset to this world and will be greatly missed.

  123. We are deeply, deeply saddened by Dr. Thomas’ passing. He took the time to get to know you and without failure remembered to ask about the goings on in your life. Alexandra and Jacob were touched by his loving and gentle spirit. Thank you for the short time you had with us and for being an inspiration to all of us on how to live each day. We will keep your family and office staff in our thoughts and prayers.

  124. Dear Becky,Lacey,Billy,and Jake Bill was one of the most wonderful individuals I have had the pleasure of meeting. His kindness, generosity, honesty and genuine concern will never be matched. I admired and respected him dearly and looked forward to our conversations. He was bigger than life and I will miss him tremendously. Everytime that I look at my three children’s beautiful smiles, I will think of my dear friend Dr. T.

  125. We were shocked and saddened to hear of Dr. T’s passing. Just last week, he removed our daughter’s braces, revealing a beautiful new smile. He gave the gift of new smiles to so many, as the photos on his office wall can attest. Just sitting in his waiting room could bring a smile to your face, thanks to Dr. T’s collection of cartoons and funny photos. We also appreciated his personal touches — whether it was calling to check on our daughter after she had her braces put in, or sending cards to his patients on their birthdays. We always enjoyed driving by Dr. T’s office on Church Street, and seeing the big stuffed animals in the window. He has left a big hole in the hearts of many in Vienna, and he will truly be missed. Our condolences to his family and his wonderful staff.

  126. He put a smile on my face I never imagined possible. I will miss him very much. Love, Christina and the Guenther family.

  127. Dr. Thomas has touched SO many lives (and so many mouths!) and will always be remembered fondly. Both personally and at Louise Archer where Becky was so active with the PTA, Dr. T braved Camp Highroad and Lacey, Billy and Jake attended. There are never the right words so I offer you my prayers. My heart reaches out to you all. May the strength of family and friends carry you through.

  128. Our thoughts and prayers are with Becky and family! We will remember Bill for his unique gift of always making one feel special with his smile, interest, enthusiasm and generosity! For sure, he was a very special person and will be greatly missed by all.

  129. Dear Becky and family: Our hearts are sadden to hear of Bill’s passing. No matter how old we are, losing a husband and father is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. We have such fond memories of Bill and your family over the years and the Vienna community will feel his loss as he truly was one of a kind. May the memories of the good times leave a footprint on your hearts. Although we are thousands of miles away, we also feel the loss and we will be thinking about you all and offer our prayers of comfort. Barry, Linda, Bart, Grant, Keith Lammersen

  130. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. With caring thoughts, Marissa

  131. To the Thomas Family: Dr. Thomas was by far the best baseball coach I ever had. He demanded perfection and knew how to get the best out of us every practice and every game. I will never think of Vienna little league baseball without thinking of Dr. Thomas. His passion for coaching and for all of his players was remarkable. He affected me as a player, but even more so as an individual. Through trips to 7-11 and Dairy Queen, to every post game conversation and game ball presentation, Dr. Thomas will never be forgotten, by myself, or any other player he ever coached. My condolences to Jake and the rest of the Thomas Family. Bryan Gunst

  132. We and our two children Kyle and Alison, just met Dr. T last year, but even in that little time knowing him, we were so impressed with his big beautiful personality, energy and glee, not to mention the great job he’s been doing on their teeth. He was always interested in what book I was reading, he was such an interesting and interested man. We can only imagine how much his family and friends must miss him, our hearts and prayers go out to you all. The Roneys, Deb, Jack, Kyle and Alison

  133. Dear Becky, Lacey, Billy, and Jake We are so thankful that God allowed us to know your loving husband and dad. I will never forget how welcomed he made me feel the first time I met him at his office in Vienna. When Becky and I went on a basket trip he thanked me for inviting her. I laughed to myself and wondered if he would thank me once she told him how much money we would spend. When we returned Bill thanked me again and he was just glad that we had a good time. Please know that our family will keep you in our prayers. Please know that you can call on us at anytime. May the God of hope fill your family will joy and peace as you trust in him during your time of loss. Love Avis, Craig, Kim, & Brian

  134. Dear Family, My heart goes out to you and yours. Dr. Thomas was a special person who touched the lives of many. My heart is heavy…. many condolences to the family. Time will heal the pain.

  135. The Marvin family is deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of Dr. T. Dr. T. was always full of energy and all smiles. We felt that we were lucky to have Dr. Thomas treat both our daughters, Ava (13) and Marlaina (10). We knew we were in good hands. My 13 year old daughter, Ava, was one of his more complex patients since she is missing 7 permanent teeth. He frequently joked with us how Ava made him have to really think. He worked hard to develop a plan to give her a beautiful smile. I will share a story from this past February. Ava was in for one of her regular visits and since it was near Valentine’s Day, he tried to convince her to let him shape the wires into little tiny hearts. After about 30 minutes of joking and talking about this, Ava finally said, “I just can’t do it, I am babysitting over the weekend and I have to look professional.” At the end of the visit, he called me back and told me this story because he thought her response was quite funny. He enjoyed his patients and they enjoyed being his patients. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers; we too have experienced the untimely death of a loved one and have some understanding of the depths of the grief you must feel. Dr. Thomas will be missed and remain in our hearts for the way he touched our lives.

  136. Dr. Thomas was our daughter’s orthodontist for three plus years. He was a perfectionist in his work, a humanitarian in his heart and one of God’s great gifts to us all. We will sorely miss him.

  137. Dear Becky, Lacey, Billy, and Jake – I’ve never been more shocked and saddened than to learn today of Bill’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss and I offer my deepest condolences. Bill was truly one of the best people I have had the pleasure of meeting, in the realm of sports or anywhere. There was no better advocate for the kids in this community. Just recently we crossed paths again at the office. We shared stories about our kids and caught up on the latest. I am fortunate to have seen my friend again. “Until we meet again, my friend.”

  138. Dear Becky and Family, My deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord Bless you and your family. Love and God Bless, Chris Baer Rose Hill Elementary

  139. When I first came into Dr. Thomas’ office when I was a third grader, my anxiety about braces quickly faded away because of Dr. T’s warm drawings of sharks with braces. Dr. T, you and your family are in my prayers now and they will stay in my prayers for many many years to come.

  140. With deepest sympathy. Dr. Thomas gave our son a great smile and he made us all laugh through the process. He was a wonderful part of Vienna and he will be missed.

  141. You were my favorite orthodontist. You’ve been my orthodontist for four years and was wonderful at it. I remember when I went to my first appointment to meet you, I’d admit I was scared at first, but you made me feel confident, and brave. Dr. T Your so funny and sweet, I will never forget you. Thank you so much for doing such a Great job with my teeth. I always loved going to Dr. T’s appointments , I noticed that every time I came out of the office when you were done with my appointment I had a big smile on my face, And I will always have that smile on my face for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, God bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten. Much love, Naomi panuco.

  142. I express my deepest condolences to Dr. Thomas’ family, staff, and friends. Dr. Thomas was a huge help in starting my dental practice.

  143. Becky, when we taught together at Flint Hill in the early 1970’s I was Susan Hyde Kay. I am so sorry to learn of Bill’s death. I remember when you were a young couple and he was just starting his practice. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  144. Dear Thomas Family, My sister in law, Linda, and my brother, Barry Lammersen, just emailed us the very very sad news. We knew your family more through Linda and Barry than directly. Although we were Wendover neighbors, our kids were a few years ahead, but we heard all the wonderful stories and happenings and in early years enjoyed your trick or treatings visits etc. And, like so many, I have such on going and fond memories of the happy hearted and colorful displays in Dr. Bill’s Church Street upper window of his office. I would go out of my way to drive by, and did/do so almost every day, because they always lifted my heart. Our family is also a baseball family and we shared that as well. Our hearts and our prayers are with you. We pray that over time the grief and sadness will recede, and the many many happy memories will remain ever bright. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

  145. Dr. T. gave my son a beautiful smile and self confidence. Dr. T. was someone who expressed care and personal interest in every child and parent that entered his office. He made a point of making a personal connection. We enjoyed sharing fishing stories. It is our pleasure to cross paths. God bless. We will remember the t-shirt contests, birthday cards, seeing him plant flowers in the office garden, his smile and the kind words he always took time to share.

  146. Dr. Thomas first worked on my teeth when I was 8 years old. Now at 31 I still think of him often- everytime someone tells me what a beautiful smile I have. He was a wonderful orthodontist and a wonderful person. He made what would normally be a painful experience an absolute joy. I recall being sad when my teeth were ‘perfect’ no longer requiring his services, I purposely lost my retainer one year just to go back and have another one made by him….and I still wear it to sleep. He will live on in the thousands of smiles he created.

  147. Becky and family-Many comforting thoughts and prayers are coming your way from your friends at Rose Hill. Having just gone through losing my husband, I truly feel your pain. Just take one day at a time. “The peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:7 With deepest sympathy, Barbara John

  148. Dear Thomas Family: Dr. T. was my daughter Rebecca’s orthodontist as she prepared for jaw surgery 2 years ago. He was kind, patient, respectful, conscientious, funny, generous, sensitive and perceptive. There is a special place for a man who was so kind to children. May G-d comfort you and bring you peace. Affectionately, the family of Rebecca Scarborough — Catherine Lyon and Stu Kantor

  149. Dear Thomas Family, We are deeply saddened at the death of Dr. T. He was an incredible doctor who made everyone he encountered feel good about themself. He has given beautiful smiles to my older 2, Chris and Hilary, and was in the process of working wonders with my son, David. I was very much looking forward to bringing my daughter Mariel to him next. He will always be remembered as a great doctor to our family – one who cared about each of my children, called to check on them, celebrate their birthdays, and made getting their braces off such a special occassion. We will greatly miss him. Our prayers are with your family.

  150. With a red Corvette in my side mirror,the engine rumble and acknowledging glance and smile,I shall cherish the energetic memory of this incredible father,citizen,athletic competitor and model of community leadership.And as I go down Park Street, I now reflect that he once again has crossed the busy life intersection ahead of me ,this time to a new Place without stop lights but awash in wonder,awe and “love Devine all loves excelling”[Charles Wesley] Trust: “Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,opening to the sun above,melt the clouds of sin and sadness,drive the dark of doubt away,Giver of immortal gladness fill us with the Light of day”[Henry van Dyke] Cordially & Respectfully, Christopher Vereide

  151. To the staff of Dr. Thomas: I was so saddened and shocked when I drove by the office today and saw the flowers and the empty parking lot. It hardly sunk in when I finally figured out that the world had somehow lost a wonderful orthodontist, a wonderful caring person. Dr. Thomas – and his whole staff were so caring in the treatment of three of my children. He took the time to call each one of them at home on the evening of the day that their bands were placed. We will never ever forget our time in Dr. Thomas’ office. Thanks to all of you. To the family of Dr. Thomas: We followed the progress of the children in the photo gallery in his office. He was such a proud dad. He was such a caring dentist, how much more caring a father and husband he must have been. Our prayers are with you. Karen Daniels

  152. Dear Becky and Family, It is with deep sadness that we just learned of Bill’s death. We have such fond memories of visits to the office while Bill worked and worked to make Mary Louise and Suzannah beautiful. His positive outlook and his kind words to our teenagers made their visits a joyful experience. We send our deepest love and sympathy to all of you.

  153. I have fond memories of Dr. Thomas. He and my father coached the Vienna Vipers together. He was warm, energetic and loving. Dr. Thomas had a wonderful ability to make us “just have fun”. My prayers are with the family. He made quite an impact on his community. Lauren Hall-Gregory

  154. There are people and moments that stay with you. Dr. Thomas gave me, with his gift, a new life when I was 14 years old. There is not a single moment that stands out for me more other than my wedding day than the day I got my mug, balloon, and t-shirt and smiled braces-free at Dr. Thomas. When people compliment me on my smile, I secretly thank God and Dr. Thomas. I will never forget his kindness or the way his laugh echoed in the room. I am so sorry for your loss.

  155. Becky, Lacey, Billy, and Jake, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill touched our lives and we are all better for having had known him. We will remember his gifts and pass on his “joi de vivre” to others. Please know we are with you, and hope that you can find comfort in knowing that he made a difference. With great fondness and compassion…

  156. To the family of Dr. Thomas, I was so saddened to hear today of the passing of Dr. Thomas. I cannot even imagine the devastation your family must be feeling at this time. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I was a patient (and also a neighbor) of Dr. Thomas from 1983-85, and to this day, I still remember what a kind and generous person he was. As I might have been considered to be a “difficult” patient, he always spoiled me, even though I may have been totally out of line. I remember one day telling Dr. Thomas that I had met a boy from Connecticut while vacationing with my family in Ocean City, MD. I had an opportunity to see my puppy love crush that Fall (I was in the 10th grade), but I was worried that my braces would make me unattractive. I told Dr. Thomas when the boy was coming to the area, and the next appointment, he took OFF my braces for 10 days while my “boyfriend” visited the area. After the boy went back home, my braces returned. However, I will never forget how much Dr. Thomas empathized with my “very serious” situation. He was truly one of the nicest persons I have ever met.

  157. We are so terribly sorry for this terrible loss… Words cannot express how devastated we were to receive this unbelievable news. Dr. Thomas will be terribly missed by so many. We have reminders of the joy he brought to so many throughout our house – the mugs, the t-shirts the children love to wear, and even the mothers day cards… He truly went above and beyond in every way. What a terrible tragedy.

  158. Dr. Thomas wasn’t just my orthodontist. He was a friend. Another parent. Always reminding me to wear my elastics or my retainers. He was always there to encourage me when I wore them, and scold me when I didn’t. He treated me and all his other patients like we were family. He always looked out for ours and our parents best interest. He was an amazing man. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends, family, empolyees, and other patients.

  159. Dr. Thomas was the best orthodontist anyone could ever ask for or have. When you walked into the office it was like walking into a room full of family. Everyone was always cheerful and smiling everyone in the office is very special especially Dr. Thomas. He always made me laugh and smile it seemed that his goal was to make everyone happy and if that was his goal he definItely accomplished it, he was also always encouraging me and telling me how good my teeth were doing. No orthodontist in the world could ever measure up to him. He made you feel like family, and I’m sure that he has a spot in heaven just for him.

  160. Dr Thomas was a wonderful person and orthodontist. My daughter, now 32, has Down Syndrome. Dr. Thomas always made her feel so special. When she saw a stuffed animal she liked, he just gave it to her on the spot. My son, Stephen, also went to Dr. Thomas. He was a special man that had a special gift with children. My heartfelt condolences to his family on the loss of this wonderful human being. That corner in Vienna will never be the same.

  161. Your husband and father was a truly talented man. I appreciated his genuine care for his patients. He had a straight-forwardness about him that I truly admired in a doctor. He will be greatly missed. The Britton Family

  162. Having recently lost my son to a single auto crash in Reston, VA, I can only guess the depth of grief the family and friends are experiencing with the loss of Dr. Thomas. My daughter phoned me today to tell me of his passing and she was a patient and now works within walking distance of his office. I cannot recall if my son also went to him, but I do remember he was the most friendly and kind man to everyone. It wasn’t the type of office where you would drop off your child and have little to say with Dr. Thomas. He was very engaging, enjoyable, funny, loving, kind. I know no words that will ease your pain, but in knowing he did so much good for so many, that is what is important in life. This shock to us, even though our children are 27 and Jamie was 31 when he died on Oct. 11th, we have always had wonderful thoughts of Dr. Thomas. I am so sorry for his family, I cannot tell you. We must go on and over time continue the good work that can be done for others in our own special ways. Love and kindness to all, Carol Hammer

  163. Dear Dr. T …I missed you and you were the best orthodontist I’ve ever known. My nieces, my cousins, even myself were all in your care and received the best treatment ever. Thank you Dr. Thomas, I’ll keep on remembering these happy memories forever. My deepest condolences to The Family and that will always in my prayers.

  164. Dear Mrs. Thomas, I wish to extend my most sincere condolences to you and your children for the loss of a loving husband and father. No words can take away the pain you feel right now but please know that you have many friends that are thinking of you now.. Stay strong; time will heal this wound.

  165. Dr Thomas was one of a kind. His kindness, generosity, honesty and intelligence has been described many times.He was tenacious in providing the best possible treatment for all his patients. His concern for everyone was truly genuine.He treated many special needs patients including my daughter Tania. Because she likes butterflies he brought her two butterfly bushes so that she would always have butterflys. I truly know Bill is with the angels, teaching them how to throw split finger fast balls, perfect their jump shot and the proper wrist movement in casting.However, they will never duplicate his kill shot in racketball. Only Bill could do that! As a consulation, and because his love was so great, I know Bill will always be with all of us, especially his family. We love you and will miss you always. Ted, Charlene and Tania

  166. Two of our children (now both over 30) were privileged to be patients of Bill Thomas. Years after my girls had their braces removed, I would often run into Dr. T at the Wolf Trap Deli at lunchtime. He never failed to ask for my girls by name, and he was genuinely interested in what they were doing. Given the thousands of patients he saw, I thought it astounding that he still remembered Katie and Liz. I recall picking up my children after their appointments, and he would give them stickers and hand me one as well. Last year, one of my students told him that she was in my class, and he sent a sticker along for me. I found that very touching, and I wore it on my sweater all day. He was such an integral and good part of Vienna. We will all miss him terribly. My family’s prayers are with you, Becky, and your children.

  167. Dearest Thomas Family – I was one of Dr. Thomas’ first adult patients in 1978. His talent for his profession was proven early on with the transformation of my smile after 3 years of wearing braces. I was still wearing braces during my first pregnancy with my daughter Samantha. We shared many happy experiences with each other throughout the years. We both had our first children within weeks of each other, we shared a deep commitment and love for our families, dogs and fishing. He also made sure that both my beautiful children also had beautiful smiles. My children and I always looked forward to visiting his office each month during those many years. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of this wonderful man. He will always be remembered and missed by the Northern Virginia Community. Sharon, Robert, Samantha & David Stettner

  168. The Strack family is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Thomas. For the past six years we have known Dr. T. to be a caring and sensitive person. We will keep alive our fond memories of Dr. T.- his love of the outdoors and also of his Goldens; his artistic capabilities; his calls of concern after a painful orthodontic procedure; his smile, encouragement, and willingness to listen to all of our concerns. Thank you Dr. T. We miss you. Our condolences to the Thomas family.

  169. Becky and Family, please accept our most sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. Mark, Julie and Abby Ramey

  170. Dear Thomas Family, Friends, and Loving Staff Members, Along with the many others who have expressed their condolences, I would like to say how shocked and saddened we were to hear the new of his passing. I still have little heart and flower stickers on my dashboard from all of our trips to the office. The t-shirts and mugs of his cartoons will continue to keep him in our memories. May you find strength to go on through this loss and know that Dr. T touched the hearts of so many in such a short time. My daughter says to tell you that he was such a “NICE” person and she always looked forward to visiting with him at the office. He always had kind words for all of the kids and parents. Madeline looked up to him for his artwork since she would like to be an artist too. Again, he will always stay in our hearts and memories.

  171. I was shocked to learn of Dr. Thomas’ passing. I was a patient of Dr. Thomas’ for the past 18 months and he was always an incredibly fun-loving and cool orthodontist. I will miss him. Douglas Turpin

  172. Dear Mrs. Thomas, dear family and friends, and dear co-workers of Dr. Thomas, We share your grief and send you our condolences and love. In our conversations with Dr. Thomas, it was evident that he treasured his family and friends, his community, and he knew and understood how much he meant to those around him, especially the children whom he helped with such devotion. We are so very grateful to have known him. May God bless you, Kevin, Ana, and Carmen Mann

  173. Thomas Family I was a patient of Dr. Thomas more than 25 years ago. I still have a red heart sticker on my radio from one of my many office visits. I was a patient for almost 5 years. While I have not seen Dr. Thomas in more years than I care to remember – I always remember him and my visits to his office fondly. I was in my earlier 20’s and he always made me feel special. He ALWAYS had a smile and kind words. My heart and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  174. Dear Dr. Thomas’ Family and Staff, I and my Mom and my Dad will sincerely miss Dr. Thomas. He was a v. nice, cool dentist and I like going to the office and getting the cool stickers and reading stuff from the wall. Christopher Moy and Family

  175. Dear Family, Friends, and other Patients of Dr. Thomas, I was a patient of Dr.Thomas’ just until last year. He and his staff were the ones that changed not only my smile, but also my life. Before them, I couldn’t even eat a slice of pizza without all of the toppings fall of because of the hugs gaps in between my teeth. Now, I have the best smile that I could ever ask for and I am thankful for that. Dr. Thomas was the most thoughtfull person that I have ever met. Even when a sibling of ine would forget my birthday, I would always have a hand – drawn card from Dr. Thomas waiting for me with some funny joke inside. He was the best orthodontist that a person could ask for. He was the one that would sit you down and tell you what they were going to do, and make sure that you were okay with what you thought and not just what your parents thought. My older sisters and brothers orthodonist didn’t even come close to the mark that Dr. Thomas left. Thanks to him and his fabulous staff, I am now able to eat that slice of pizza and have the toppings stay on. Vivian Campanella (14)

  176. Dear Mrs. Thomas, Lacey, Billy, and Jake Please accept our families condolences. My family and I just found out this morning (11/12) when I took Jessica to the office this morning. Please know that Dr. Thomas meant a lot to us. I am at a lost for words but know that God is still good. I am so filled with emotions right now that the words I want to say can’t come out. We will be in touch soon. Andrea, Justin and Jessica Duncan

  177. Dr. Thomas was my orthodontist as a teenager (I am now 35). I have fond memories of my step-dad Bill driving me to my numerous appointments and so patiently waiting for the 4-5 years worth of treatment I needed. Dr. Thomas’ office was always so cheery with animals suspended from the ceiling, the games in the back and the office staff was always terrific. I was so proud of how my teeth looked after my braces were removed, since it was such a long road of palate widening, “i” teeth that didn’t want to drop on their own, etc., etc. Dr. Thomas put his heart and soul into every patient, he will be sadly missed by many. My sympathy goes out to the family…

  178. Dr. Thomas took wearing braces, something that should have been unpleasant and made it a fun experience. I’ll never remember being a 11 year old boy, staring at a Muppets poster of Animal as I was terrified of about the advanced treatment Dr T had explained to my mom. Dr. T looked at me and realized I was a scared little guy. He told me that I’d be fine with a cheerful and caring voice. He promised that it he’d make sure that it wouldn’t be too bad. From that day on he made a real friend. He was a genuine person and he lived up to his word. For 3-4 years I was happy to head over to Dr. T’s office. The place was alive with a wonderful staff, video games, a lively look and feel, and of course Dr. T’s booming voice and personality. I went to a new dentist a few years ago. I am now 37. He looked in my mouth and said, “You have gorgeous teeth. Did you have braces? If you did, you had one heck of an orthodontist.” I did, without a doubt. Mrs. T, I’ve never met you. My family’s hearts go out to you and your children at this very tough time. God bless you all.

  179. He was wonderful to my children showing a great deal of compassion and understanding for teens with braces. I hope to see him again in Heaven. Bill

  180. There were 3 families having dinner when the topic of Dr Thomas death came up. All our families had gone to him for braces. He was so kind, patient and fun for the kids. I used to work at Nordstrom. I sold clothes to him and his children. He would buy the latest in surfing cloths to work in. It was all about connecting with his patients. Becky, my love and prayers to you and the kids at this difficult time.

  181. My mother recently told me that Dr. Thomas passed away. It was like losing a grandparent and it took my breath away. Dr. Thomas was a huge part of my life from 7th through 12th grades. Every visit to his office was like a “get out of school free” card. It was fun and he always made me feel like he’d been waiting all day to see just me. Because of his kindness and positivity, I had an excellent self-image – even in braces for so many years. He and his staff always made me feel important and special. He was a generous, kind-hearted soul. His family can take comfort in knowing the enormously positive impact he has made on so many lives, mine in particular. Thank you, Dr. Thomas, for my toothpaste-ad smile and for the self esteem and generosity of spirit you gave me 20 years ago.

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