Thomas E. Walton

Thomas E. Walton

AGE: 74 • Celebration, Fla.

Thomas E. Walton, 74, passed away at home in Celebration, Florida, in the arms of his loving wife, Judith, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 after a long illness. Tom was the former Dover Township Chief of Police and a lifelong resident of Toms River, N.J. until he retired in 1989 and moved to the state of Florida. Chief Walton joined the Dover Township Police Department as a rookie patrolman in 1960 after completing a distinguished tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps which included service with the Presidential Honor Guard for President Eisenhower. Tom moved rapidly through the ranks of the police department, serving in several patrol and supervisory positions, including chief of detectives until his ultimate appointment as Police Chief, capping an outstanding career in law enforcement.

The other significant event in Tom's life was his chance introduction to a beautiful young woman from Point Pleasant Beach, Judith Ann Bradshaw. Judy and Tom were married in 1961 and recently celebrated their 51st anniversary. In addition to his wife Judy, Tom is survived by son, Michael Walton, daughter-in-law, Alicia, grandchildren, Kay and Jake of Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland; daughter, Lisa Chevrier, son-in-law, Robert and granddaughter, Erika of Toms River, N.J. Tom is also survived by sister-in-law, Eileen Fleming, her husband John, sister-in-law, Evelyn Spader, and several nieces and nephews. Tom was the only child of deceased parents, Isabel and Gordon Walton.

Funeral arrangements are private, but Judy has indicated that a Mass will be celebrated in Tom's memory, the date for which she will announce in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Osceola Fire and Rescue Company, Station #72, Celebration Blvd., Celebration, Florida 34747.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 18, 2012