Born in the Unites States Virgin Islands on the Island of St. Croix, Dwayne Anthony “Yogi” Thomas was welcomed into the world to parents Corine Messer and Eugene Thomas on December 4, 1960. His last breath as a USVI firefighter was on January 24, 2018, in the line of duty, answering a call to save his community.
Dwayne was a committed firefighter for 25 years within the USVI Fire Department. Throughout those years, he developed lasting friendships, built comraderies and relationships with many people, and along the way, he grew into a well-respected and loved person as well. He was a dedicated son to his parents (Corine and Eugene), stepmom (Irma), a reliable brother to his six siblings (Tysha, Medene, Ibia, Eugene, Kai, and Rhydel), a dependable father to his five children (Jamaal, Rainia, Shaina, Reanell, and C’mone), and a confidante to his life partner and girlfriend (Julie).
Dwayne started out wanting to become a veterinarian early in life, but somehow his path took him in another direction to become a firefighter. Dwayne was famously known for professionally fighting roosters, which he was very good at. He even raised a few in his back yard, something that he took very seriously. He loved all kinds of animals, and he loved playing baseball as well. Dwayne loved to laugh and have a good time, but most of all he enjoyed being a grandpa and spending time with his grandkids (Larry, Caleb, Mekhi, Malia, Maleah, Kelsey, Elise and Kately). They were his pride and joy in life.
Dwayne was such a special and loved person, and God knew it, too. On January 25, 2018, the morning after his death, and for the first time in our lives, we saw a double rainbow in the sky. It was the most amazing and beautiful thing we have ever seen. We knew it was a sign from God, letting us know that Dwayne would always be with us, and he always will. We miss him dearly, and he’ll always be in our hearts.