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The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby BrigitteGreen » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:23 pm

Crossposted from our local Whippet list:

Hi Gang,

It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that Dr. Tom Sooy, a friend to Whippets in Maryland and beyond, passed away yesterday. Dr. Sooy was a longtime Whippet owner and dear friend of Dr. Barbara Henderson's. He had an autoimmune problem for many years. Over the summer, he sold his practice up at the emergency clinic in Catonsville and bought a beautiful second home in Montana to enjoy fishing and such. The smile on his face when he talked about the place was priceless. I'm only sorry that he didn't have more time to enjoy it.

The last time I saw him was about a month ago at Barbara's. He was pale. He told me that he was headed out West for a bone marrow transplant, so I knew he was not well. But he was very optimistic at his chances. He had a good match for his marrow and a lot of confidence in his doctors. Unfortunately, his heart gave out on Saturday morning. He is survived by his wife, a son and his Whippets.

He was a tremendous friend to Whippet Rescue and over the years performed countless spays, neuters, tumor removals and a variety of other surgeries on WRAP Whippets. He charged us NOTHING. I can't even fathom how many Rescue Whippets he performed surgery on and how much of his time he put in, simply because he loved the breed. There are many Whippets who owe their lives to Tom or had more time with their people because of him.

I'll let everyone know about a memorial service when I have more information. He was a great man, and I doubt we'll ever see his likes again. So if you have a moment, please say a prayer or light a candle for Dr. Tom Sooy. I know he's got a great big passel of Whippets with him right now over that Rainbow Bridge.

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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby WildAbout_Whippets » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:27 pm

We will be keeping Tom's family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. :rose:

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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby wynmor » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:36 pm

please say a prayer or light a candle for Dr. Tom Sooy.


Consider your request done. My sympathy to his family and friends. :rose:
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby surreyhill » Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:46 pm

A true friend to the breed, and to many who loved the breed. He will be remembered.

RIP, Dr. Sooy.
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby artemiswhip8s » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:35 pm

I am so sorry to hear this news. I wish he had more time to enjoy his place out west. He truly was a wonderful devoted and kind person. He will be missed.
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby Wendy » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:41 pm

I'm so sorry - I never met him but heard nothing but wonderful things about him from everyone.
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby Clemons » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:48 pm

How terribly sad, my thoughts are with his family and friends.
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby patchnmike » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:58 pm

Oh this is so sad....He was a very sweet and helpful person who had Dr. Henderson's total confidence, which in itself is a great tribute. Sending prayers for someone who loved the animals.
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby Runamok » Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:06 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. A nicer man would be hard to find. My condolences to his family.

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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby AlliePixieBug » Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:45 pm

oh how sad. RIP Tom
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby Rommimum » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:42 am

He sounds like a wonderful person.
My condolences to his family
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby PAWhippets » Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:33 am

Sorry to hear this. I didn't know him but have heard many wonderful things about him.

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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby Janet and the Hounds » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:50 am

Very sad. He sounds like a wonderful friend to many whippets. I bet his is happy to be reunited with them all at the rainbow bridge.
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby MarciaInNM » Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:52 am

My deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved Tom. He was a wonderful friend to whippets :rainbow:
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby Aniemother » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:13 am

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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby whippethound » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:31 am

This is terrible news...I knew Tom but not well enough..he was a very nice & kind man who loved the whippet breed and did alot to help the breed. So sorry to hear this .....
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Re: The Passing of a Great Friend to Whippets

Postby larvin69 » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:37 am

Abp. Larry and I offer our prayers as well, as Dr. Tom performed surgery on our senior rescue whippet, Boothby, who will soon be celebrating his 2nd year anniversary with us in his forever home.
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Postby Charliecheese » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:35 pm

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