When Tom Dimmock died suddenly this week, it was more than a shock: the world seemed a little dimmer. At just 65, Tom had accomplished more than most of us could do in three longer lifetimes. He was a terrific family man who doted on his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a successful attorney who truly cared about his clients. He was an committed churchman who, along with his wife Boyd, helped to make Trinity Baptist in Raleigh the strong and vibrant fellowship that it is. He was a community advocate, especially through his leadership roles in the Kiwanis club and volunteer/mission efforts both locally and globally.
I first met Tom in 1983, when he was still a young lawyer. Through the years I turned to him more than once for assistance, and he was always helpful. I was part of his Sunday School class at Trinity for a while, and he was unfailingly prepared and encouraging. Like everyone else, I enjoyed watching how much he enjoyed singing in the choir.
Tom was a long-time supporter of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and during the most contentious years of conflict in the convention, he and fellow lawyer Skip Stam served as co-parliamentarians, proving that progressive and conservative folk could work together if they put their minds to it.
Anyone who knew Tom could go on and on about his family devotion, professional accomplishments, and church or charitable activities, but beneath all of that, Tom was a great soul with a great love for both God and others. The world may seem a little dimmer without him, but the light he inspired in others will shine on for many years to come.
Thanks be to God.