Condolence & Memory Journal


As I visit this site again I am once again reminded of the greatness of this man. Dave inspired many but very few have had such an impact on my life. This Sunday, December 16th, 2012 marks the 3rd Anniversary of his passing. To all his family and friends I will only say I know how much you miss him. Remember him and his family in your prayers.

Tom Huston

Posted by Tom Huston - Boothwyn, PA, PA - Friend   December 11, 2012

Rev. Dave married myself and my wife June 14th 2008. He was a great man and a wonderful soul. We had talked to him about doing a dedication for our children(when we had them.) On March 23rd of this ear we had our first son Brayden Robert. We were looking up Rev. Dave to do the dedication when we found out about his passing. I just wanted to say that he touched our lives and will never be forgotten. THANK YOU REV. DAVE


The Sweigarts

Posted by Daniel Sweigart & Tamara Sweigart - Aston, PA   April 20, 2010


Suzanne and Linda,
Al and I were so saddened by David's death. I only met David once or twice but knew how wonderful he was as brother, husband and as a minister. I have thought of you both often and hoped that you are doing well. I have prayed for your whole family after this sudden loss of David I understand how difficult it is to lose someone you love so quickly. God Bless all of you.

Posted by Donna Maykut & Al Guthrie - Friends   January 29, 2010

I was shocked to read this in the paper. My heart goes out to you as I know how devastated you are. It will take time, but you have wonderful memories
to keep with you forever. We all cherish the time we have with our loved ones. God B;ess
Love, Joy

Posted by Joy Gates - Brattleboro Vt.`, VT - Friend`   January 25, 2010

There's no one in town I know. You gave us a reason to go. I never said thank you for that now I'll never have the chance. May angels lead you in. Hear you me my friend, May angels lead you in. If you were with us tonight, I'd sing to you just one more time. A song for a heart so big, god wouldn't let it live. May angels lead you in.

Posted by Jason - Parishioner   January 12, 2010

Dear Linda and Susuan, so very sorry to hear of your brother's sudden passing. The tributes to him were wonderful and can only imagine the tremendous loss that you must be feeling. Hugs to both of you. In His grace, Barby, Phil Cusumano and girls

Posted by barby Cusumano - chagrin falls, FL - friends with Linda and Susuan   December 30, 2009

Few people have the opportunity to make such an enduring and positive impresssion on the lives of others as Dave Thomas. As our pastor and our friend Dave has helped make our lives richer through his example of living a life guided by Christian values of compassion and sensitivity to the needs of others.

While we will surely miss Dave's animated, energetic and fun-loving character, I pray that we will, through God's grace, live our lives in a way that consistently reflects Dave's example of a Christian life well-lived.

Posted by AL & Ealise Rundle - West Grove, PA - Friends and Advent parishioners   December 29, 2009


Sue, love to you all. I was so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He touched so many lives, mine included. Peace be with you and your family.

Posted by Laura Lee Gilliam Hughes - Friend of long ago   December 29, 2009

Dear Thomas Family,

Your loss also hit our family like a ton of bricks. Dave played such an enormous spiritual part in our family and was also a good friend, a true genuine person to all our children and us. Dave's part in our life was baptizing all four of our grand children, marrying four out of five of our girls, remarrying Bobbe and me on our thirtieth anniversary, confirming Becky and I into the church, and marrying Bobbe's sister. We now have a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. Please accept our sincerest condolences to your family.

Lovingly, The Currys

Posted by Tom & Bobbe Curry    December 28, 2009

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Rev. Cn. David Thomas.

Although our paths only crossed for a relatively short time at St. Thomas Lancaster, I truly enjoyed working with him and with Sue, Sarah and Kat.

May the good Lord welcome you into his arms, Dave...I'm sure you will be deeply missed by the many who love you.

Posted by Scot McKay - San Antonio, TX - Friend, Co-Worker   December 28, 2009

I first met Dave when we served on the board of the local Y together. I was shocked to learn that a "man of the cloth" could actually have a sense of humor! He had a terrific attitude & a great sense of humor...and our paths continued to cross. When I chaired the Southern Chester County Relay for Life, Dave came to the site, as my request, to deliver the opening prayer. I can still picture him, walking in the pouring rain and sloppy mud, in his official clothes and good shoes. "Let's get the show on the road," he said. "I've got a funeral to do!" And that's the way he was, from one thing to the next, sacrificing his own time, comfort, and sometimes his shoes. A year ago, when my teenage daughter wanted to shop for a new church, she immediately settled on Advent; after hearing one of Dave's sermons, she was hooked! I shouldn't have been surprised, and we should have changed churches years ago. In short, it felt like home. Prior to my attendance at Advent, I don't think many teenagers would have said that about church! We still have yet to officially join, and it makes me sad; I feel like Dave & I had unfinished business. Now I can't even get my daughter to return to church, withot Dave at the pulpit. It feels empty. How did he always know, how is it that he could always see into my heart? I'll sorely miss his wit, his caring, even the funny way he walked. I know that he's gone on to glory -- no doubt in my mind! -- and for that, I am truly happy. But my heart is heavy with the loss of someone I called "friend." He changed my life, and nothing will EVER be the same. Thanks, Dave, and God speed. I hope to one day see you in paradise.

Posted by Caryn Selagy - Knnett Square, PA - Friend   December 28, 2009


I am a newcomer to the Episcopal Church of the Advent and Father Dave. I've been seeking a new church home since we relocated from Fredericksburg, VA a few months ago. Though I grew up in the Methodist church, I have felt that 'special something' each time I have visited Advent and heard Father Dave's sermons. I was on the website just now to learn about Christmas Eve services and was stunned and saddened to learn of Father Dave's passing. I've not yet met Dave's family, or most of the members of Advent, but I am so truly sorry for the loss of one who obviously touched so many. I pray for peace, comfort and blessings for all of you.

Posted by Dana German - Oxford, PA   December 23, 2009

With deepest comdolences & prayers in sympathy on the death of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to so many! His light shone brightly the light of Christ all his life and service, and his jovial presence and Godly common sense will be so missed.

Please know his name will be remembered in our Christmas prayers, and our prayers surround you all in the hope fo the Resurrection through the birth of Jesus to us all.

In peace,
The Rev. Paul W. Gennett, Jr. & the people of St. Thomas's Parish, Newark DE

Posted by The REv. Paul Gennett, Jr. - Newark, DE - Episcopal priest & colleague   December 23, 2009


Dear Sue and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Dave's death. Our whole family experienced so much at St Thomas, growing spiritually with Dave's wonderful sermons and energetic leadership. Paul and Sarah learned a great deal with our St Thomas family during their formative years. Of course Heber and Emily and family also had the privilege of knowing Dave while at St Thomas.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss
Love From Phil and Hilary (Becker)

Posted by Phil and Hilary Becker - Lancaster, PA - friend   December 23, 2009

Sue. I ran into Charlene today and she informed me of Dave's passing. for some reason I missed it in the Lancaster paper. You have Barb and my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. We know that God is with you.
It would be great to hear from you after these many years. Our phone is 717-285-2332 and tehe email is
God Bless!
Ron and Barb Mable

Posted by Ron Mable - Mountville, Pa. 17554, PA - former colleague   December 23, 2009


Dear Sue, Years have gone by and yet my memories of David, St. Thomas, you and all the wonderful people I counted as friends will remain with me always. Dave helped me through some very tough times and counseled me to stay true to the Lord in all that I did and He would assist me in my life. I thank God that he was there for me-and I am sure there are countless others who feel the same. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was so devoted to you, Sarah and Katherine. I have often wondered what your girls were doing. If you get a chance (whenever) please e-mail me and let me know. I am sure Kristen would be interested, too. My heartfelt sympathies to you, Sue. I am sure your faith will see you through. I will be praying for you.

Posted by Laurie (Wiig/Middleton) Colombo - Victor, NY - friend   December 22, 2009





Dearest Sue, Kat, and Sarah,

Thank you for the most wonderful gift-your husband and daddy. I truly believe the poem below reflects Dave, his approach to life and death. I miss him, already!
Don' grieve for me , for now I'm free. I'm following the path God has laid you see. I took his hand when I heard his call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I found the peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, oh yes, these things I too-will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow. I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee, God wanted me now; he set me free.
~ Author Unknown~

Posted by Debbie O'Brien - parishioner   December 22, 2009


Father Dave was very special to our famiily. We were exploring different churches when we first moved to the area in 2005, and once we heard one of Father Dave's sermons we knew - we had found our church. He had a gift for explaining things in a way that all of us could relate to and made religion seem real. My 11-year old even said that he actually looked forward to church to hear Father Dave'e sermons. We know that he is happy and at peace where he belongs, but selfishly we are sad because we just weren't ready to say good bye to him. We feel lucky to have known him these past 4 years - he was a gift.

Posted by The Westphal Family - Landenberg, PA - Parishioners   December 22, 2009

Sue and family, I am truely sorry for your loss, but it is certainly God's gain. Heaven will never be the same. I know this has to be so difficult for all of you. I am so thankful that we had a chance to visit with you and David last summer. It was such a special time. God Bless.

Posted by Sallly (Tatro) VanMeter - Bloomfield, CT - Long time friend   December 22, 2009


Dear Sue, Kat, Sarah and the rest of the Family.

Dave and I were speechless when we heard. Dave and all of you are part of our family. When we heard it was just like loosing another member of our family.

He will be missed by all that knew him. He was a man that was larger than life. There are no words to tell you how sorry we are.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love to all Dave and Michelle Russell, Lancaster, PA

Posted by Michelle and Dave Russell - Friend   December 22, 2009

I only had the pleasure of knowing Dave for one year, but as a returning church goer I found him to be wonderfully welcoming, encouraging, and inclusive. I've been an Episcopalian for most of my life, but never have I known a priest who was so caring and down to earth. How lucky we are to have had him. It was only a few weeks ago that he spoke in a sermon of his attitude toward death, dispelling any fear or dread. I took so much comfort from his words, and now I know that he is in that better place he so eagerly sought.

Posted by Richard Greenwood - Kennett Square, PA - Member of Advent family   December 22, 2009

Our condoences to the Thomas Family for their lost of Father Dave
who was always available to all in need.

Posted by Ian and Betty Brandau - Bloomsburg, PA - Parishioner at St Pauls   December 22, 2009

To Suzanne and Linda and all of David's family.
I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of this special
person. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jean Johanson

Posted by Jean Johanson - MA   December 22, 2009

Dave, we will miss you-our memories go way way back to your Marshall days in the 60"s.As funny as you were, we all knew the serious side of you and that was so so precious and comforting.May you rest in peace and know that you touched all of your friends with the most gentle ,gentle heart.Your smile will be forever in our hearts.Love and hugs, Sal and Bun

Posted by Sally Gladieux - Gilbertsville, PA - friend   December 22, 2009


My thoughts and prayers are with Dave's family. I was fortunate to have been able to share memory time with Dave...Sue and the old Brattleboro gang during our 50th high school reunion. The ironic many was as though time had stood still...many of our conversations and laughs were as though we were still in high school or college...

I feel so blessed to have had those several special hours with my friend. Dave was the quarterback of our high school football team...a damn good Qb and a damn good team. I think he was also the God Qb for the many that he touched. His passing is such a loss... Certainly he sits with Jesus this special time of his some fitting! In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit...I luv you man! Go with God!

Posted by Lance Westerlund - San Juan Capistrano, CA - High School Best Friend   December 22, 2009


All I can think about is Advent without Dave Thomas.

And then I imagine he's up in heaven saying "Haven't you been listening to me all these years???" I believe he has taught us all so much about life and about being a christian.

I am so grateful for the privilege of his friendship and ministry.
I miss him.

Sue, Kat, Sarah... I hope you feel the love we all have for you.

Posted by Sheila Sanford - friend   December 22, 2009

Our condoences to the Thomas Family. for their love one who has
gone to be with Jesus.

Posted by Ian and Betty Brandau - Blooomsburg, PA - St Pauls parishioners   December 22, 2009

Suzanne,Linda and all of the Thomas family, how special your Dave must have been!!! I have learned to know him through the many many stories told by his sisters. How fortunate you all were to have such a loving and wonderful brother, husband,father and grandfather. I hope you will all hold each other tight during this difficult time. My sincere sympathy and love to all of you. Sally Hooper

Posted by Sally Hooper - Marblehead, MA - friend of family   December 21, 2009


Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the Thomas family and Father Dave. He was a great man and very dear to our family. God bless him and his family. May God's grace be always with you.

Posted by Lacerte Family - friend to Father Dave   December 21, 2009

Sue & Family - know that you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. I know that there is little I can say to console you but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love from El Paso, Texas.

Posted by Sheri Henneberger - El Paso, TX   December 21, 2009


We love you for many reasons not only because of who you were, but because of all you have been to so many people and because you have done more than anything could have to let us know the goodness of life. You are not gone from us; we have you always in our hearts.

Posted by Eileen and Denis Byrne - Friends   December 21, 2009

There was an absolutely genuine quality about David, an absolute lack of affectation and a wonderful tincture of humor. Like his dear sisters, he could be outrageous - but always with a twinkle and a raucous laugh. I only heard him preach once - at services for a dear friend in our mutual home town, but I thought then, that when my turn came it would be great to have him up there rooting for me! It's a shame that that chance is lost, now. But perhaps not!
Love and deepest condolences to Susan, Suzanne and Linda, Sarah and Ryan, Katherine, Libby and Riley.

Posted by Bert baldwin - waltham, MA - friend   December 21, 2009

Suzanne and Linda, I am so sorry to hear about David. As you remember our parents were good friends. David always had such a great sense of humor and I was always happy to see him and talk. I know ministry was his calling and how much he enjoyed it. How much he looked like your dad. I loved the picture with Lou and Gordon. It made me cry. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Bev Sowerby

Posted by Beverly Bearse Sowerby - So. Portland, ME - old friend   December 21, 2009



Tim and were so very sad to learn of Dave's death. Please know that we will be keeping you and the girls in our thoughts and prayers.

I always remember when you came to Lancaster in the spring of 1975. I had met Dave once and the second time I saw him I began introducing myself again, thinking he had so many new names to learn he couldn't possibly remember them all. He stopped me right away and informed me he had made a special point of remembering me which I found very flattering until he added, "You are the most pregnant person I have ever seen and I hope I'll be getting called to visit you in the hospital very soon"!

Lynn Peters

Posted by Lynn Peters - PA - former parishioner   December 21, 2009


Father Dave's sermons were an inspiration to us all. We are grateful for the opportunity to experience his wonderful gifts. We found a home at Advent thanks to Father Dave. Our children loved his stories and will especially miss his Christmas Eve family story.

Posted by Bell Family - Parishioners   December 21, 2009

Sue and family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you manage through this time. Take care of yourselves.
Joe and Jeanne McClellan

Posted by Joe and Jeanne McClellan    December 21, 2009

To Sue & Family, We are lifetime Episcopalians and have been members and officers of parishes in many states throughout this country and Anglican churches in Bermuda and Singapore. Never have we known a priest as effective and loving as Father Dave in all that experience. He was of significant comfort and inspiration during several medical and personal crises. These allowed our children, who live in Oregon, Colordo and Delaware to know and love him. His sermons were meaningful and from the heart. With great confidence, he spoke of not being afraid of death several times from the pulpit. We take great comfort in knowing that now he is with his Maker and things are as he described! Our whole family has been uplifted by Dave and he will be sorely missed.

Posted by Art & Jackie Holveck - Kennett Square, PA - Friends, Parish members   December 21, 2009


Please know how sorry we are that you have lost such a wonderful man. Dave is the reason we belong to Church of the Advent. We met him shortly after we moved to this area nine years ago. Our children call him the "funny Father". We call him the pillar of our church community.

There are no words to express the loss you must feel. There is and never will be anyone like Father Dave. I will miss his sermons, his laugh and his wit - among many other exceptional qualities.

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. It's just hard to believe that he is not here. His presence and spirit will always be with us.

The Fitzgibbon Family

Posted by Renee Fitzgibbon - parishoner   December 21, 2009

Sue you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time and Dave will be in our hearts forever. He touched each of us with his ministry and was a comfort to us thru many challenges. He was a very special person and God's gift to us and our family. We pray for you, your family and for Dave. He is at rest in God's hands and we will miss him. We pray for God's strength for you and for his grace to fill your heart with loving memories to comfort you.

Our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences.

Ray, Peggy and Billie Mislock

Posted by Ray, Peggy and Billie Mislock - Cochranville, PA   December 21, 2009

My love and sympathy to all the Thomas family. I appreciated so much Dave's visits to my husband, Ted, in Firbank when we moved to Crossland. (He had a brain tumor and died 2 months after we moved). Dave was a fantastic preacher! I will miss him very much.

Posted by Elaine Frost - Kennett Square, PA - Parishioner   December 21, 2009


I am so saddened by the loss of this funny, kind man. My sincere condolences to Kat, Sarah, and Sue. I love you all and wish you peace during this difficult time. We will truly miss his great smile and bad jokes!

Posted by Alyson Harlan - Family friend-he baptized me   December 21, 2009


Sue, Sarah, Kat and family-When else would the biggest snow storm in 7 years hit but on the day of Dave's service?! His exit is larger than life and will be part of the many memories we all share. For Dave's friendship, ministering to my son and family, spiritual guidance and support of my work I am forever changed and grateful. The youth of Advent never had a better advocate; his love and concern for them made the impossible possible. No matter the hour of our departure, he always sent us off on all our mission trips with a prayer and hugs. Now it is up to us to continue the work he sent us to do and carry on in his place. He will be always missed and never forgotten. Love from our hearts to yours.

Posted by Jan Berry Schroeder - West Chester, PA - Advent Yth Ministry, parishioner   December 21, 2009


Father Dave Thomas made the word of God real for me, my family and countless others. His sermons caused us to laugh, sometimes cry, yet in the end, we all understood the message. Through his teaching, he encouraged us to smile in the face of adversity, celebrate our blessings, but most of all, Keep the Faith.
He will be sorely missed by all and not forgotten for all of his good works. This was a man who made the world a better place for everyone.
Our condolences to Sue and the entire family

Posted by George and Diane Hudak - Kennett Square, PA - parishioners   December 21, 2009


Sue and all the Thomas family:

Sandi and I embrace all of you with our love and prayers.

Five years ago this Christmas I (Stan) said goodbye to Diane and five years ago this Christmas Sandi said goodbye to her brother Andrew. The joyful message of Christmas helps us through the darkness and brings us to the Lord Jesus who will mend our broken hearts. We are lifted up by this wonderful hope we share.

David was a genuine personality, never lofty nor pretending. He was an inspiring preacher, dedicated pastor and faithful friend to all clergy who knew and loved him. We give thanks for his priesthood which brought honor to the Episcopal Church.

Sandi and I hold you in our prayers.

Stan Imboden and Sandi Imboden

Posted by Canon Stan and Sandi Imboden, Episcopal colleagues - Clergy friend   December 18, 2009

To Father Dave's wonderful friends and family here on Earth,
We too were deeply moved with Fr. Dave's passing, Debi and i had the opportunity to share a special time with Dave and Sue when they first came to Advent. We felt Fr. Dave would energize Advent and indeed he did and in the process, touched so many of our lives. When Debi had a major procedure at Christiana several years ago, Dave was with us to reinforce our faith and pray for recovery.
Dave possessed a God given ability to have an IMPACT on those around him, a blessing that has had a profound effect on our spiritual journey.
We will miss you, pray for your family and reflect on the many positive experiences that we shared.
Debi and Chuck Muhly

Posted by Chuck and Debi Muhly - Devon, PA - Friends, past Rector's Warden   December 18, 2009

Sue, Kat, Sarah and Ryan,
Geoff and I are going to try our best to make it through the snow to share our condolences. I can't believe he's gone - I was thinking he was one of those people who you could call a legend. Lots of people wrote "larger than life" - I can't put in better words. Love to all of you!

Posted by Lisa & Geoff Pawlikowski - Philadelphia, PA - friend   December 18, 2009

Linda and Suzanne,
We are so sorry for your great loss. Through our many years of friendship, we learned what David meant to you and how you both
loved him. Family means everything to both of you and you 3 had a special and wonderful relationship.
You are in our thouights during this very difficult time.
Ter and Linda

Posted by Linda Roemer - Peabody, MA - friends of Lindda and Suzanne   December 18, 2009


Dearest Thomas Family,
Dave has gone to Glory, he went with grace and love in his heart. He showed us daily how to love one another. I will be forever thankful to have called him friend. I will miss our conversations, laughter, and I will cherish all of my memories of Dave and his direct advise! My last visit with Dave ended with a big bear hug, a kiss, and a "I love you", truely, a father to us all! His light will continue to shine brightly in all of our hearts.
God Bless you!

Posted by Jennifer Scales - parishiner and friend   December 18, 2009


Sue, Sarah, Ryan and Kat, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Dave was such a wonderful man - so full of love and life. Even though we didn't always agree, I know that he cared about me and I certainly cared about him. I know that not only our church, but also the whole Kennett community, will feel the loss. He certainly made this world a better place.

Posted by Mercer - Friend, parishoner   December 18, 2009

Dearest Linda and Family: Please accept my deepest condolences - Linda, when ever you would speak of your brother I saw your eyes light up and a smile come to your face- cherish all the wonderful memories that I know will forever bring these warm feelings to you and your loved ones each time you think of your brother.

In sympathy and friendship
Ann Zaia

Posted by Ann Zaia - Boston, MA   December 18, 2009

Sue, Kat, Sarah and Ryan - I am deeply saddened by Fr. Dave's passing. My condolences to you and all of the family. He was a terrific priest and friend in so many ways. I will never forget the comfort he gave me after my car accident. He came all the way to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital (with Nancy) on a Sunday night to pray for healing for me. I will miss him terribly and cannot imagine Advent without him.

Posted by Diane Tait - West Chester, PA - parishioner and friend   December 18, 2009


Fr. Dave was a wonderful person. Our family has grown in faith and love because he made Church of the Advent a place where our boys wanted to be. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. He will be deeply missed. Until we meet again....

Posted by Nolte Family - parishioner at Advent   December 18, 2009


Dear Linda and Suzanne,

My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Your brother David will always live on in your heart. Treasure all those happy memories spent together. I wish you peace.

Love and friendship,
Angela Hurley

Posted by Angela Hurley - North Andover, MA - Friend to Linda and Suzanne   December 18, 2009

I never met this great man I always heard Kat speak so highly of...just last week we discussed a Philly trip together to spend time with him and how much fun we would have. My heart aches for my dear friend and all the people he touched...words fail to convey the depth of sorrow I feel. He was a man of God who rests in peace now with God.

Posted by Christina Calabria - Greensboro, NC - friend of daughter Kat   December 18, 2009

Dave was more than my Priest. He was a friend. Dave was more than a friend. Dave was my brother. We argued and disagreed. But, I loved him. And, in his Friar Tuck manner, I think he loved me. I miss him. Len

Posted by Leonard C. Bieberbach - Unionville, PA - Friend and Parishioner   December 18, 2009


We watched in wonder at the love of these three sibling ( I that have been estranged from one of mine ) envy their loving connection.
We share your sorrow . For the entire Thomas family we wish you peace in this difficult time. Share in the joy of Davids life.He touch many people. Our hears go out to you all. Comfort one another it is what David would want.
Susan our deepest sympathy to you and your girls.
Suzanne and Linda you have our love.

Posted by The Lovejoy Family - friends of Linda and Suzanne   December 18, 2009


Serving at the altar with Father Dave was so meaningful. He would always ask who's doing what today. It was like arranging a dance to make sure everyone knew where to go during the service. Sermons were my favorite as if directed at me sometimes. Personal stories that went way back were the best. God had his arms open to receive Father Dave. Sue and Family...many prayers will go your way. God Bless Your Family!

Posted by Barbara Thornton - Parishioner   December 18, 2009


My heart aches for you, Dave's family. I cannot imagine how empty your home. I know however, that your hearts are full of love and a life time of wonderful warm memories with Dave.

Dave brought comfort and joy to all. He always took a moment to ask if everything was okay, and lent an ear or gave a hug when it was needed - to everyone.

He lightened my heart when it was heavy, gave me hope when I thought there was none . and always made me smile. He is, was, and always will be a guiding light, a man of great character, and a man my boys and I were blessed to have known.

I will miss you greatly.

Thank you. Thank you and God bless you for ever and ever. Peace be with you.

Until I see you again.


Janice Link Moores
Chadds Ford, PA

Posted by Janice Link Moores - Parishioner   December 18, 2009


Father Dave, Thank-you for lifting us up.
To the Thomas family, May angels bring you peace.
Much love, Vicky, Ryan and Haeli

Posted by Vicky Wilson - Church of the Advent   December 18, 2009


As Catholics feeling estranged from the church, my son's father and I were struggling with where to baptize our son, who at that point was 2 1/2 years old. We went to a few different churches before finding Father Dave at Advent. He came to the house to meet with us and I, being the guilt consumed Catholic, was a total wreck, cleaning the house and cooking a hot lunch. He came in and announced he had already eaten and then proceeded to put us at complete ease, understanding of our personal faith struggle and welcoming us and our son into the church. The morning of the baptism, Father Dave picked up a nearly 3 year old (and 35 lb.) Max to offer him up and promptly stated "Well I'm glad you didn't wait another week". While I never officially converted, Advent became my church of choice and I found Father Dave's ability to connect with his congregation comforting. I was so sad to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man who was blessed with truly being able to do God's work in the most basic authentic way. I feel blessed that he was in my life, if even in a small way.

Posted by Carol Ciliberti - Kennett Square, PA - parishoner   December 18, 2009


I hope you're listening. And Sue can share in this too.

I have a confession::

When you first came to Advent, I wondered what we had gotten into. For you were diametrically the opposite of Dick Kirk, the latter a great organizer with an engineering brain. You were so much bulkier - and gracefulness was not an attribute I'd ever assign you. In fact, after just a week or two I had you labeled as a bull in the china shop.

But twelve years passed and I ended up having great affection for a man who lived by his heart as well as his brain.

Dave, you turned me into a friend and admirer and one who looked forward to Sundays at church, not just for communion and listening to the choir and meeting old friends, but more especially to receiving the benefits of your sermons. You were an amazing speaker. And every sermon managed to touch me in such a way that I left church determined to be a better person.

Thanks, Dave. You'll be sorely missed.

Posted by Bill Steltzer - West Grove, PA - layreader   December 18, 2009


We will miss your warm and funny spirit. I always left with a smile after talking with you. Harland was so tickled after your chat on Sunday. You will be missed. Sue and family our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Patty and Harland Moidel - Neighbor   December 18, 2009


We never met him in person but by knowing Kat, we know what an amazing person he was. We are so sorry for your loss. We love you Kat and know that he lives on in you and your family.

Many Blessings,
The Lawing Family, Karen, Greg, Daisy, Gaia, and Naomi

Posted by Karen Lawing    December 18, 2009

To the Thomas family,
We will never forget how Dave reached out and welcomed us into the Church. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. May you be comforted knowing how many of us he has touched and how much we all loved him. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Posted by Denise Day and Karen Conlin - Kennett Square, PA - Part of the the church family   December 18, 2009


It doesn't seem real. It can't be. Dave was larger than life. He exuded more life than any one person should. We have shared so much together over the years and we will miss you so much. We're so sorry we are not going to be able to come up for the Memorial Service. Know that we are thinking of you - alternating between tears and laughter. Our love to Sue, Kat, Sarah, Suzanne, Linda. God Bless you with peace.

Love, Pat and John

Posted by Pat and John Pankey - Foley, AL - Friend   December 18, 2009


Mrs. Thomas, Katherine and Sarah: I can't believe someone so full of life can be gone. As I have moved around and attended other parishes, no other preacher could possibly measure up. The sheer joy that Father Thomas brought to everything he did and to those around him was evidence of the power of the holy spirit. I still freqently remember and am comfortaed by the words of a sermon from probably 25 years ago about transitory this life is, when he asked, "just stop for a moment and think about the things you were worried about one year ago today." The worries of life are fleeting, but God is forever. Something I'll try to remember today.

Posted by Bob Ritter - Parishioner and neighbor   December 18, 2009


To the Thomas Family- I am so very sorry for your loss. I am honored to have met Father Dave.

Posted by Elizabeth Conn - Married by Father Dave; friend   December 18, 2009

When my sons were younger and attended Sunday services with me, they always checked the program to see who was giving the sermon that particular day. They loved it when Father Dave gave it. They liked that the sermons Father Dave gave were short, sweet, and to the point. They understood what he was saying and could relate to it. Thanks Father Dave for your wonderful sermons and talks.

Posted by Kathy B. - Cochranville, PA - Parishoner   December 18, 2009

Father Dave lit up any room he entered; everything he did had gusto and joy. He was an irreplaceable mentor, father figure, and friend. And he cut the floor with some amazing dancing at my brother's wedding in 2006! My prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Posted by Jessica Tait - Unionville, PA - Church Member   December 18, 2009


My deepest and most heart felt sympathies to his family. The Church of the Advent will miss Father Dave's smiles and wonderful sermons. He'll be missed by all who knew him. God takes care of his own and he'll surely take care of Father Dave. God Bless you Father Dave.

Posted by Kathy B. - Cochranville, PA - Parishoner   December 18, 2009


Words cannot express my sorrow... You lit up any room you entered and made the whole place laugh. I will miss being your adopted daughter when visiting. Thank you for giving me Kat, I promise to keep her on the straight and narrow, ok, I promise to love her always.
Blessings Sue and Sarah and the whole Thomas family and congregation.

Posted by Cassie Pierce - Greensboro, NC - huge fan   December 17, 2009


Mrs. Thomas and Family, words cannot express how sorry I am at the passing of Father Dave. I enjoyed his sermons as they made me laugh, they made me look at my own life and they made me feel God's presence even more. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Rebecca Hochhaus - parishoner   December 17, 2009


My deepest sympathy goes to you in your time of loss. Dave was one of the of the sweetest people I have ever ment in my life.I met Kat and Sarah many years ago and Dave and Sue welcomed me into their home with arms and hearts. When I struggled with with life tests, Dave always had a kind word and soft heart to comfort me. He was a father to me when I didn't have one of my own. I am very thankful to have known such GREAT man. He will be sorely miss.

Posted by Darby Sumpman - Friend of Katherine and Sarah   December 17, 2009


To Mrs. Thomas and the Thomas family, our family is so deeply saddened for your loss. Father Dave's passing is such a loss for everyone whose lives he touched and those who had yet to meet him. There was never a time when his humor, kindness and concern didn't warm the hearts and heal the spirits of those around him.

Posted by Wendy Walker    December 17, 2009


David will be sorely missed. We truely enjoyed his sermons and is one of only 2 that I can say that about! He exudited the spirit of Advent Church

Posted by George and Donna James - parishiner   December 17, 2009

I am so sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed 100 times more by your family than by us. He was our lightt too. Thank you for sharing

Posted by Donna James - Avondale, PA - parishiner   December 17, 2009


My thought and prayers go out to all of you. I am so saddened to learn of your loss, especially at this time of year that is so cherished by the Thomas family. I will recall with great fondness the many happy times my parents and I spent with David and the Thomas clan.

Posted by gail hale - Redwood City, CA - friend   December 17, 2009


I'm so sorry for your loss. Blessings and peace.

Posted by K.C. Gott - Friend of Kat's   December 17, 2009


When you are the most alone, He is intimately present. Psalm 32:7

When it is the darkest, He is the only light you need. Psalm 27:1

May God be your comfort in sorrow and your hope and strength in the coming days.

Posted by The Faulkner Family - Church member   December 17, 2009

David- you were one of my closest friends and I will miss you dearly- Thank you for sharing your life with me- Dick

Posted by Dick Sanford - Chadds Ford, PA - Friend   December 17, 2009


Our Heart felt condolences to the whole Thomas Family.
May the memories of Love and Laughter you have shared fill you up and get you through. Peace and Love always

Posted by Stan & Jillian Reich    December 17, 2009

Father Dave found the humor and humanity in every event, every story, every encounter. He truly embodied the Christian ideal of how we should treat each other, and I am thankful that we were able to know him for the time we did.

I will always be grateful for how Father Dave helped restore my faith, long before the trial in my life during which I would need it most. I grieve for him, a great loss to his family, his Church, and the world.

No doubt, he has been warmly greeted in heaven with the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

I still draw comfort from the words Dave shared with us at my daughter's funeral and of course, from our shared belief that we will all be reunited one day thanks to the promise of our Lord, eternal life.

God's peace, Father Dave.

Much love,

Amy, Rick, Grayson, Zoey, and ^^Arden^^ Bucher

Posted by Amy Bucher - Jamison, PA - Friend/Former Parishoner   December 17, 2009

Graduation... the only thing you ever asked of me!

Posted by Kat - asheville, NC - daughter   December 17, 2009

Daddy.... you ARE larger than life... a legend in your own time... you are the best friend a girl could have and a better father could not be found! I selfishly mourn for you... I know in my heart you are with God... your entire lifes work celebrated in your passing... the heavens are full now and I know you have Jesus shaking his head and laughing... saying... "I can't believe he said that out loud!" I am at peace knowing that there isn't an unsaid word between us... I hugged you enough... kissed you enough and told you how I couldn't and wouldn't have made it this far with out you. WE are each others biggest fans... and I can still hear you cheering me on! I know with every fiber in my being how much you loved your family... your friends.... your life in the church... You lived like a ROCK STAR... you marched to the beat of your own drum... making no appologies along the way... I love you for that... I love you for so many things... but mostly I love you because you loved me better than anyone could ~ has or will!

Posted by Kat - asheville, NC - daughter   December 17, 2009

Linda and Suzanne,

My heart bleeds for your family and yourself. I know the love, affection, adoration that you had for your brother; smiling as you mention him.

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May God uphold you and give you strength during your time of bereavement as you reflect on the good times shared as family.

Sorrowfully Submitted,


Posted by Kimmy - Boston, MA - Co-worker of Linda Thomas   December 17, 2009

On the many occasions when Dave"s sermon would seem directed
at one or more of our family, we would ask each other on the way
home, "How did he know?". He knew all of us. He inspired all of us.
Sue, we pray for you and your family. We grieve with you.
Nick, Mary, Nick and Greg

Posted by Nick ONeill    December 17, 2009

so sorry to here of Dave"s passing. He always took all religions into consideration when saying a grace before any community event. He had a wonderful personality and was just a good person. I will always have fond memories .
sinerely, Barry Kanofsky

Posted by Barry Kanofsky - Kennett square, PA - Rotary member and friend   December 17, 2009

Sue, Sarah and family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss your father's laughter and jokes! He was a wonderful man that we have been blessed to know.
Love, Michelle, Victor, Meghan, Erin, and Rachael

Posted by Michelle Brozusky - East Stroudsburg, PA - Friend   December 17, 2009


We will miss our dear friend. We loved Dave dearly.

Posted by Suzi & Fred - Kennett Square, PA - Friend, minister, Rector's Warde   December 17, 2009

My heart goes out to Mrs. Thomas and the girls. Father Thomas was an important and large part of my childhood and again later on in life. He is and always will be my hero and inspiration. At this time, I am holding on to the many many memories I have of him being the fun loving, caring and wonderful person. He will forever live on in my heart and memories. My wish is that God guides you and blesses you during this difficult time.

Posted by Heather Greene-Roscetti - Middletown, DE - Friend   December 17, 2009

Father Dave made church FUN and you actually looked forward to his sermons.I could not help but smile everytime I saw him and he helped me through troubled times.I will miss him,but I am sure God wanted to have fun and called him home.

Posted by John H Cameron Jr - Kennett Square, PA - friend   December 17, 2009

Over the last forty five years I have been a part of the Church of the Advent family as well as a member of the Catholic Church. Throughout these years each minister has been warm and welcoming - Father Dave not the least of these. When Tom had his cancer surgery at Jefferson, Dave heard that I was not comfortable driving into Philadelphia so he decided to go in to the city "on an errand", dropped me off at the hospital and met me three hours in Tom's room and stayed for a visit. This is a true sign of a Christian doing God's work. We loved him.

Sandy Mills

Posted by Sandy Mills - Avondale, PA - Friend   December 17, 2009


Sue and the rest of the family -
How stunned and saddened we are. Dave was larger than life and such a great example to us all on how to live life to the fullest. I feel privileged to have known him. His sense of humor, his so-human touch and approach to life. He will long be remembered for the way he touched our lives and so enriched this entire community.

Posted by Bonnie Korengel - Kennett Square, PA - Rotarian, friend   December 17, 2009

You are all in our hearts and prayers at this time. Dave was loved by so many and he will leave a big space in many hearts. May God bless him and you his loving and beloved family now and forever.Meg Devereux

Posted by Meg Devereux - West Grove, PA - former parishioner   December 17, 2009

Sue and family, a friend just shared this quote with me...thought I'd share...i still can't believe Dave is Gone...i'm so thankful for the time i had with him, even though way too brief....God bless you all! Sherry and I will always be here for you!

In the words of Washington Irving -
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.

Posted by Matt Grieco - Kennett Square, PA - Close friend   December 17, 2009