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Thomas John Vadnais

September 19, 1948November 15, 2020
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On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Thomas John Vadnais, loving father, and grandfather (Pee Paw), passed away at the age of 72. Tom was born on September 19, 1948 to William and Hannah Vadnais. He was a middle child of a large family with two brothers and four sisters. He grew up in home full of love and laughter in Arlington, Virginia. They could often be found at the local Knights of Columbus where the family spent most of their free time. Tom graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia and from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He was a Certified Public Accountant for his entire career. He was still actively working and owned an accounting firm in downtown Alexandria, Virginia that served clients in the Tom Vadnais style. He thoroughly enjoyed getting to know his clients and their families. Tom is survived by his four children Willie Vadnais, Cassandra Michie, Christine Dillon, and Cheryl Edwards; his four grandchildren, Amber Maready and her husband, Taylor, Aren Vinaya, Morgan and Cole Edwards; his three great-great grandchildren: Indy, Vai, and Gia; sisters, Pat Badolato, Judy Thomas, and Terry Graham. All of whom he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Vadnais; brother, Michael Vadnais; and sister, Joan Raffa. Tom had many friends which he cherished meeting up and spending time together. He was very proud to be 39 years sober and a strong advocate for people in recovery while making new friends in his service to help others.

He was a giving, thoughtful person and there was not a person that he did not enjoy helping. He unconditionally gave more than he received. He most prided himself in being a Pee Paw to all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them on “Pee Paw Adventures” to take metro rides and to visit many local attractions- the Baltimore Aquarium being his favorite. His grandchildren will miss him tremendously. The family will receive visitors from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Murphy Funeral Homes, 1102 W Broad St. in Falls Church, Virginia 22046. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a private memorial service immediately following. The service will be live-streamed from https://m.facebook.com/MurphyFallsChurch/

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his name. Please send to The Lamb Center P.O. Box 1385 Fairfax, VA 22038 or at www.thelambcenter.org. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.murphy-fh.com for the Vadnais family.

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Daphne Paul Perry

November 23, 2020

Tom was such a brave dreamer man. When we were barely 20 , and it was 1968, he decided to set off from DC to California with only 20 dollars, some maps, and a dream. It was California or bust. We crossed the Northern part of the country in our old Dodge Dart, finding cheap motels to stay in along the way. Not a worry in the world, I felt safe by his side .When we got to San Francisco he wanted to live in a houseboat but they were too expensive, so we drove down the coast till we were almost out of money, and rented a cheap townhouse along the beach in Carpinteria. We were down to 15 dollars and not the least bit concerned. Tom was ecstatic. It was his dream. It seemed like his dream was so big that he made it happen. He found a job as an account the very next day. He was a big dreamer and soon enough together we brought Willie into the world, who just kept dreaming for the both of us.

Teri Ross

November 22, 2020

First, Tom was my boss. Then he became my mentor and teacher. Most importantly, Tom was my friend.
I am so blessed to have had the privilege of working for Tom these past 7 years. He was kind, funny, caring, patient, honest and giving. He was my biggest cheerleader and had always had faith in my abilities, even when I did not.
My life became richer and more meaningful because of my relationship with Tom. It breaks my heart to be in the office without him, but I am so thankful for all the moments I shared with Tom.
My deepest condolences to his entire family - all of whom he loved so dearly.
I miss you already ‘Boss’, but I know we will see each other again some day.

Scott Smith

November 22, 2020

A wonderful man, very caring and always generous with his time and wisdom. He had an offbeat sense of humor and was constantly curious about new things, I appreciated his positive attitude and patience. It was always apparent that he loved his family deeply and cherished every moment he could spend with them.

Bob & Mary Maurer

November 22, 2020

Tom was such a kind, warm, funny and professional man with an infectious smile. He always loved to share stories of his children and grandkids during our 20 years of financial meetings. He was always sincerely interested in seeing us year-after-year and made the dreaded Tax Day so much more bearable. You’ll be missed Tom for your caring ways. RIP and thank you for the privilege of sharing in our lives.

Madeleine Abel

November 22, 2020

Dearest family of Tom. I was a client for over 30 years. Tom was not just "my accountant", he was my friend who saw me through half my lifetime of sadness, happiness, trauma, excitement, children, and all that life dishes. There was not a year that Tom and I had an appointment that I didn't look forward to - not because I love having my taxes done - but to have, what sometimes was a good 45 minutes of chatting, catching up, sharing. For the past few years, he always had a tie on with pictures of his grandchildren, a story to share and ALWAYS took the time to hear about my life. He not only cared to take care of my finances, he cared about me as a person, as I did him. The news that he died brought not only tears but a bit of screaming, no, no, not Tom... I am so sorry to all the family and friends of Tom, as you share the sorrow we all feel. He was a very special man/friend/accountant, father, grandfather and giver to all. I can't begin to tell you how much I will miss him and wish you all peace and fond memories as I will also draw on those memories. I am sorry I could not come today as I am so fearful of covid, but he is in my heart and thoughts, as all of you are today as you memorialize your memories. Much love to you. Madeleine Abel

Michael McKeon

November 22, 2020

I have known Tom for almost 30 years. I was just starting my career and needed an accountant - by chance ended up with Tom. I have worked with him ever since. One of the nicest people I have ever met. Always cheerful and always with a big smile. I am truly heart broken at this sudden loss. God bless Tom. I have not doubts he has already been assigned to keep the heavenly records in good order. You will be missed Tom.

Brian` Beers

November 22, 2020

Tom has been a lynchpin in my recovery life. Many many one on one discussions of family and how best to love. Yearly retreats at the retreat house in Malvern PA. I will miss Tom deeply. Blessings to his family

Mike Fragala

November 22, 2020

I am truly saddened to learn of Tom's passing. Tom was so very instrumental in my early recovery. From the first time I met him at Stepping Stones in early 1990 to the last time I saw him, a few weeks ago at the Outback in Fairfax, he was always encouraging, willing to help wherever he could and a true gentleman. He will be sorely missed. My prayers and thoughts to his family and friends.....Godspeed, Tom, Godspeed!

Corey OConnor

November 21, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I know his family will miss him as much as all of us who knew him professionally. I can't add to the already eloquent descriptions of his nature, caring and humor. I trusted Tom for his thorough knowledge and wisdom. We also laughed together a lot. When I started my business he was one of the first people I sought for advice. Our world just lost a very bright star indeed. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

James Martin

November 21, 2020

Tom's Family/Friends:
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Most folks dread the annual tax season, but I never worried because of Tom's personality, skill and wit.
He'll be missed in many ways.
God Bless you in these tough times as you Celebrate His Life.

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