Rev. Canon David P. Thomas of West Grove

The Rev. Canon David P. Thomas, 68, of West Grove, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at the home of his sisters, Suzanne Thomas and Linda Thomas in Marblehead, Mass. He was the loving husband of Susan Johnson Thomas, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.

Born in Brattleboro, Vt., he was a son of the late E. Gordon and Lucile Powers Thomas.

Dave attended Colgate College and then the American International College in Springfield, Mass., earning a bachelors degree in 1963. He completed his seminary education at Seabury-Western Theological in Evanston, Ill. in 1967.

He started his career as a teacher and coach at Vergennes, Vt.

Dave served as Rector for Saint Marks Episcopal Church in Omaha, Neb., Piedmont Parish in Marshall, Va., and Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster, as the assistant to the Bishop of Nebraska, as a Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Central Pa., as the interim Rector for Good Samaritan in Paoli, Saint David's in Baltimore, Md. and Saint Paul's in Bloomsburg, before coming to The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Kennett Square. In addition, there were many other affiliations and accomplishments, too numerous to mention, which highlighted his successful career.

Dave was a member of the Rotary Club of Kennett at Longwood and the Union League in Philadelphia.

He was a former board member of the Jennersville Regional Hospital, and the Kennett Area YMCA.

Dave was blessed with the gift of ministry, a vocation he truly loved and was honored to uphold. He will be sadly missed by the many congregations that he served, the communities in which he worked, and most of all his family who adored him.

Survivors include, in addition to his wife, Susan, two daughters, Katherine Thomas of Ashville N.C., and Sarah Stephenson and her husband, Ryan of Middletown; two sisters, Linda Thomas and Suzanne Thomas both of Marblehead, Mass.; and two granddaughters, Libby and Riley Stephenson.

A memorial service celebrating David's life was held Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Kennett Square.

Interment was held privately by the family in the adjoining church memorial garden.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Advent for the Memorial Garden Perpetual Care Fund, 201 Crestline Drive Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home of Kennett Square, 610-444-4116.

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