Thomas Condron Obituary, Clarksburg WV Dentist Has Died At Age 76 – Death Cause
Thomas Condron Obituary, Death – He is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Ellen Marie, their three children and five grandchildren: Marie Louise, her husband Joel Rice, and their baby boy Axel Condron Rice; Todd Edward, his wife Melanie, and their daughters Beatrice Mae and Serena Marie; and Rebecca Ellen, her husband Nicholas Wissler, and their daughters Laine Elizabeth and Eloise Marie; in addition, he is survived by his beloved twin sister Nancy, brother Timothy, and his wife Connie. At United Hospital Center on March 22, 2023, Dr. Thomas Edward Condron, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, dentist, and native Mountaineer, passed away in peace. He had lived in the mountains his entire life. He was 76.
When Tom was just six years old, his mother passed away, and after that, his aunt Anna Louise (Condron) Mobley and his uncle Ernest Mobley reared him. They went before him in death along with his father and stepmother Delphia Condron, his maternal grandparents Joseph Craver and Dora (Burrell) Craver, and his paternal grandparents Carl Wade Condron and Dorothy (Troy) Condron. His maternal grandparents Joseph Craver and Dora (Burrell) Craver and his paternal grandparents Carl Wade Condron and Dorothy (Troy) Condron.
In 1975, Tom began his own dentistry business in the city of Clarksburg. His medical practice had been a source of pleasure and delight for more than 48 years, and he regarded both his patients and his staff as members of his family. He refused to even entertain the idea of retiring and thus never did. His birthday is June 18th, 1946, and he was born in Keyser, West Virginia. His grandfather, Carl Wade Condron, Sr., worked on the railroad, and his grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Craver Condron, contributed to the war effort by working at Allegany Ballistics. His father, Carl Wade Condron, Jr., was a railroader.
Tom was inducted into the Ed Kelley Society and the Keyser High School Athletic Hall of Fame during his time there. He earned a letter of recognition from the Golden Tornadoes in four different sports: football, basketball, baseball, and track. In football, he was a co-captain of the team. He was a defensive back and quarterback for the Keyser High School football team that won the state championship in 1962. Additionally, he was a three-year starter for the Keyser basketball team. He was awarded the Kelley Award in 1963 for being the most outstanding student-athlete at Keyser High School.
He was elected Emperor of the Roman Banquet, “Most Athletic,” and “Outstanding Senior Boy,” in addition to being a member of the Senior Council and the National Honor Society, a delegate to Rhododendron Boys State, and an outstanding senior boy. After that, he went on to play guard for the Potomac State College Catamount basketball team, where he started for two years and once set a school record by scoring 39 points in a game played in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He served as the head of the ROTC unit in 1966, in addition to being a member of the Circle K club and the baseball team.
Tom received a scholarship to attend West Virginia University and was able to walk on to the school’s basketball team after transferring there during his junior year. During a brief stint with the Mountaineers, he was admitted into the School of Medicine at West Virginia University to study dentistry during his final year. This was the beginning of two obsessions that would last a lifetime: dentistry and West Virginia University athletics.
Tom participated in the very first basketball game that was ever played at the West Virginia University Coliseum. The game was an intramural scrimmage between the Schools of Dentistry and Engineering. Tom made the decision to play for the engineers because, according to his words, “he thought they were more better.”
The moment Tom asked out the WVU cheerleader he had met on the bus trip to campus was the most significant event that occurred throughout his time in Morgantown. Ellen was her name, and she ended up being the one who changed his life forever. Tom hitchhiked all the way from Morgantown to Clarksburg just so he could see Ellen and meet her parents on one of their first dates together. He was hopelessly in love. In 1971, he received his doctorate in dental surgery, and in the summer of that same year, he wed Ellen.
During the years 1972 and 1975, he held various teaching positions at West Virginia University, rising through the ranks to become an assistant professor. He and his wife Ellen moved to Bridgeport shortly after the birth of their daughter, and he began his dentistry business in Clarksburg on the third floor of the Goff Building in the downtown area. As a result of the expansion of his practice in 1989, he purchased the building on Court Street that is now home to his business.
He held the distinction of being a fellow of the American College of Dentistry, which is awarded to less than 5 percent of all dentists. In addition to being a member of the West Virginia Dental Association, he served as an official for both the Harrison County and the Monongahela Valley Dental Societies. He found purpose in helping others and served as the head of the United Way of Central West Virginia. He was also very proud of his volunteer work on the board of the YMCA in Clarksburg, which was responsible for planning the current hilltop location of the organization. He has previously served as president of both the Lions Club and the Serra Club, in addition to holding the position of district governor for Serra Club International.
He served the All Saints Catholic Church for a long period as a eucharistic minister, which required him to bring communion to churchgoers who were unable to leave their homes. His membership in the monthly men’s bridge group was something he looked forward to for more than twenty years. He believed it was his duty to defend “all God’s creatures,” and he had a strong desire for his family, including the ones with two legs and those with four, to “understand that they are loved.”