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Sports Legend Valmy “VT” Thomas Dies at 85

Virgin Islands sports legend Valmy “VT” Thomas of Estate Constitution Hill passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 16. He is survived by his wife, Lydia M. Nico Thomas; daughters: Shelley, Juliette and Lisa Thomas; son, Valmy Thomas Jr.; grandchildren: Shelbourne Simeon, Kerry Davila, Kemi Hunter, Kasey Roberts, Tad and Taudia Nysha Todmann, Okori Christopher, Kyle Foster and Valmy Thomas III; great-grandchildren: Jafari Johnson, T’Mae and Tea’ Daley, Tobias and Tymon Hunter, Naia Crump, Logan and Justin Roberts, Tai Todmann and DyQuan St. Louis; and great-great grandchild, Josiah Johnson.
He is also survived by sister, Florence C. Adams; nieces: Phillipa McLean, Michelle Adams-Rivera, Yvonne Adams, Mellonie Adams-Tutein, Patricia and Judy DeCambra, Paulette Guiougou, Armancia Nico Watts, Michele, Nickisha, Naisha Nico; nephews: Bruce, Valmy, Rex and Ejnar Adams, Wayne and Eric Bough, Adelbert Jr., Anthony and Miguel Nico Jr; great nieces: Anya Rivera, Loyda Williams, Monet Landry, Marisa Nico and Nyesha Adams; great nephews: Alexander, Tyrell and Jayden Adams, Jamal Samuel, Onel Rivera, Blake Nico and Jareem Tutein; great-great nephews: Alex and Axel Adams, Carmelo Williams, Kendorien and Marcelis Rivera; sisters-in-law: Alejandra (Lydia), Carmen Gloria and Anneliese (Liz) Nico; brothers-in-law: Nicasio Jr., Adelbert Sr., Miguel Sr. Elliott Nico and Roy DeCambra; and godchildren: Edna-Mae Schuster Billing and Rodd Samuel.
Other family and friends: Edna Thomas Petersen and family, Leroy “Dido” Simmonds Sr. and family, Egbert Thomas and family, the Canegatas, Penns, DeChaberts, Schjangs, Evans, Bradys, Molloys, Hendricks, Kathleen Knight and family, Johnny Clenance and family, Orsil “Swilo” Samuel and family, Leroy Gottlieb and family, Ken, Will, Bill and Arosa Colon and family, Dr. Sylvia Fuertes and family, Edith Gereau Bond and family, Rudy O’Reilly and family, Helen I. Joseph and family, Alphonso A. Andrews and family, Zorrillo family, McNamara family, Laverne Perez, Vincil “Bo Bo” England and Annelle Knight; the entire sporting, media and health care communities; and others too numerous to mention.
A special viewing will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at James Memorial Funeral Home. A second viewing and tributes will take place at 9 a.m. and a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Friedensthal Moravian Church in Christiansted. Interment will follow at the Veteran’s Section of Kingshill Cemetery. Please send tributes /letters using Microsoft Word to unitedsportinggoods@yahoo.com no later than the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
All arrangements are by James Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

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Virgin Islands sports legend Valmy “VT” Thomas of Estate Constitution Hill passed away peacefully at his home on Oct. 16. He is survived by his wife, Lydia M. Nico Thomas; daughters: Shelley, Juliette and Lisa Thomas; son, Valmy Thomas Jr.; grandchildren: Shelbourne Simeon, Kerry Davila, Kemi Hunter, Kasey Roberts, Tad and Taudia Nysha Todmann, Okori Christopher, Kyle Foster and Valmy Thomas III; great-grandchildren: Jafari Johnson, T’Mae and Tea’ Daley, Tobias and Tymon Hunter, Naia Crump, Logan and Justin Roberts, Tai Todmann and DyQuan St. Louis; and great-great grandchild, Josiah Johnson.
He is also survived by sister, Florence C. Adams; nieces: Phillipa McLean, Michelle Adams-Rivera, Yvonne Adams, Mellonie Adams-Tutein, Patricia and Judy DeCambra, Paulette Guiougou, Armancia Nico Watts, Michele, Nickisha, Naisha Nico; nephews: Bruce, Valmy, Rex and Ejnar Adams, Wayne and Eric Bough, Adelbert Jr., Anthony and Miguel Nico Jr; great nieces: Anya Rivera, Loyda Williams, Monet Landry, Marisa Nico and Nyesha Adams; great nephews: Alexander, Tyrell and Jayden Adams, Jamal Samuel, Onel Rivera, Blake Nico and Jareem Tutein; great-great nephews: Alex and Axel Adams, Carmelo Williams, Kendorien and Marcelis Rivera; sisters-in-law: Alejandra (Lydia), Carmen Gloria and Anneliese (Liz) Nico; brothers-in-law: Nicasio Jr., Adelbert Sr., Miguel Sr. Elliott Nico and Roy DeCambra; and godchildren: Edna-Mae Schuster Billing and Rodd Samuel.
Other family and friends: Edna Thomas Petersen and family, Leroy “Dido” Simmonds Sr. and family, Egbert Thomas and family, the Canegatas, Penns, DeChaberts, Schjangs, Evans, Bradys, Molloys, Hendricks, Kathleen Knight and family, Johnny Clenance and family, Orsil “Swilo” Samuel and family, Leroy Gottlieb and family, Ken, Will, Bill and Arosa Colon and family, Dr. Sylvia Fuertes and family, Edith Gereau Bond and family, Rudy O’Reilly and family, Helen I. Joseph and family, Alphonso A. Andrews and family, Zorrillo family, McNamara family, Laverne Perez, Vincil “Bo Bo” England and Annelle Knight; the entire sporting, media and health care communities; and others too numerous to mention.
A special viewing will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at James Memorial Funeral Home. A second viewing and tributes will take place at 9 a.m. and a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Friedensthal Moravian Church in Christiansted. Interment will follow at the Veteran’s Section of Kingshill Cemetery. Please send tributes /letters using Microsoft Word to unitedsportinggoods@yahoo.com no later than the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
All arrangements are by James Memorial Funeral Home Inc.