Tomas Andre Dyson



Tomas Andre Dyson, was born August 5, 1946, in Washington, DC. He was the eldest of two children born to the late (Edna) Frances Lemon Gibson. Educated in the DC Public School System, he graduated from McKinley Tech High School in 1964.

Affectionately known as ‘Dyson’ in his teens and beyond, Tomas entered the District of Columbia Teachers College in 1965 and was fully enrolled in studies until he was drafted in 1967. Once drafted, Tom attended Basic Training and formally entered the United States Army - serving his country during the Vietnam War. He was enlisted as a cook and would often send detailed letters to ‘The Folks’ of his experiences while abroad. During his enlisted time, Tom earned the National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and achieved the status of Sharpshooter (Rifle). In 1968, Tomas was honorably discharged as a SPEC 4, and resumed his life as a civilian. In 1969 Tom married his first wife, Frankie Ladson Dyson (Willis). From this union, God blessed them with a daughter - Toni Andrea Dyson.

Tom eventually graduated in 1974 from District of Columbia Teachers College with his Bachelor of Science in elementary Education with a concentration on Educational Psychology. This marked the beginning of his 20 plus years of dedication to teaching. Tom, held a notable stint at Washington Highlands Elementary School where he would meet Carol P. Dyson (Clay). They would wed in 1982 and divorce some years later; however they still remained friends until his passing. In 1996, Tom would transfer to Powell Bilingual Elementary School where a new environment would adopt the practice of calling him Mr. Dyson but more intimately ‘Dyson’. Tom would remain at Powell until his much celebrated retirement in 2004.

After retiring, Tomas just could not sit still. It was always Tom’s practice to have more than one source of income. In his earlier years, he served as a Night Supervisor for D.C.’s Department of Recreation - Aquatic Division from 1978-1985. Always the wisecracker, his post-retirement colleagues soon learned of his quick wit and sense of humor. Tom (along with his nephew) would serve newspapers for the Washington Post throughout the 1990’s and would later contribute his time (10 years) to the Fleet Division of Hertz Rent-a-car until medical concerns dictated that he stop.

A lover or all things sports, Dyson was an avid basketball, football and baseball fan. During the glory years of the 70-80’s, Tom was a diehard fan of the Washington Bullets particularly Wes Unseld and Phil Chenier. It was his practice to frequent the Urban Coalition Summer League (Urbo). He enjoyed pro football but was especially proud to witness his nephew’s high school and collegiate football career. Unbeknownst to many, Tom was a huge advocate of the Little League World Series.

Tom was a devoted son and brother - even in death. He would never miss an opportunity to be with his beloved Mother Frances and Sister Ruth through the reverent care of their final resting places and continuing to speak of them as if they were still alive.

Tom was known for his humor, his stories, and his absolute candor. Tom would and could not be forced into anything he did not want to do - and in that we know that if he shared a part of his life with you that it was deliberate. He was a simple man where an ice cold 12 ounce can of Coke and a chat on the porch was a perfect way to end an evening. What we will never forget is his sinister laugh in the likes of Barry White. A voice so deep and captivating that it could be felt - not just heard. We reflect on the life of Dyson - it was not perfect - but he existed on his own terms and by his own rules. He taught, he listened, he joked. He lived.

Tom is survived by two daughters: Toni and Paris; four grandchildren: Rickea, Yao, Tay’Mare and Kaynan; one great-grandson, Alexander; one nephew, Jerren (Rasheeda, Jerra, Jayla, and Jolie), and his lost but found niece, Tesa (C.J.); in addition to a host of other family and friends.

There will be a memorial service to honor Tomas "Tom" Dyson on Saturday, December 30, 2017 from 11am to 2pm at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 206 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC 20001 (in the lower church hall not the sanctuary). Thanks for all your thoughts, prayers, and calls of encouragement. Flower arrangements can be sent to the church: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Attn: Memorial Service for Tomas Dyson - 206 New York Avenue NW - Washington DC 20001. Condolences can be sent to: Toni Dyson - 12099 Wallower Way - Bristow, VA. 20136