NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Former Norfolk Mayor Vincent Johns Thomas passed away over the weekend at the age of 93. According to an obituary on H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Inc., Thomas passed away on Saturday.
Thomas, who was born and raised in Norfolk, served as mayor between 1976 and 1984 and helped to develop the downtown waterfront. Thomas continued to serve Norfolk after his time as mayor by being the president of organizations such as the Greater Norfolk Corporation and the Virginia International Terminal as well as chairman of the Future of Hampton Roads, Inc.
Thomas also attended Virginia Military Institute and served in the Pacific Theater of World War II as a First Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Signal Corps. He was involved with the introduction of new and modified radar equipment for troops in the Pacific. Thomas was awarded a Battle Star as well as a World War II Victory Medal for his service.
He is survived by friends and family including his wife of 86 years, Elizabeth Carroll Thomas, daughter Allison Thomas Kunze, son Vincent Graves Thomas II and two brothers William Allison Thomas of Norfolk and Heth Tyler Thomas.
A visitation for friends of Thomas will be held Friday, Nov. 13. A funeral service has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Norfolk. Condolences may be offered to the family through www.hdoliver.com.