Joseph T. Oxley
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AGE: 81 • Middletown
Joseph T. Oxley, 81, of Middletown died on May 4th, 2012 peacefully while surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Long Branch on July 31, 1930 and lived in Middletown Township for 56 years. Together with his wife Ruth, he was the founder, owner and director of Monmouth Day Camp located in Middletown for 58 years. Due to the Day Camp, he will be fondly remembered for the wonderful summers that he shared with thousands of campers teaching them to swim and master the fundamentals of all sports.
He taught Social Studies at Raritan High School from 1962 to 1992 and served as chairman of the Social Studies department. He established the first football program at Raritan and in four years led the Rockets to the Shore Conference Division Championship. He served as head football coach at Raritan for 30 years and was selected Shore Conference Coach of the Year in 1970. Prior to coaching at Raritan, he developed a state championship football team at Fort Lee High School.
As a player, he was an all-state athlete in Football, Basketball and Track at Long Branch High School. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in Long Branch High School, Raritan High School and Lebanon Valley College where he earned a degree in Education and lettered in football and basketball. He later earned a Masters degree in administration from Rutgers University. Physically fit throughout life, he exercised daily. He was an avid swimmer, golfer (carded two holes in one) and enjoyed skiing black diamond trails at Belleayre, NY up to age 79.
He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. He served on the Middletown Department of Parks and Recreation for 25 years. He was elected to the Middletown County Committee. He was a parishioner of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, New Monmouth.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth Oxley; his parents, Ann Oxley Ross and Barrett Edward Oxley; his brothers, Rich, Jim and Larry Oxley; his sisters-in-law, Peggy and Sandy; and his brother-in-law, Joe Olivadoti. He is survived by his five children and their spouses: Ann Marie and Frank Montefusco, Houston, Texas; Joseph and Jackie Oxley of Middletown; Michael and Laura Oxley of Middletown; Barrett and Stacey Oxley of Marlboro; and John and Dina Oxley of Middletown and 12 grandchildren, James, Michael, Nicholas, Margaux Jade, Michael, William, Taylor, Nicolette, Gabriella, Amanda, Josh, and Joseph. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Barrett and Eileen Oxley of Lakewood; brother, John B. Oxley, California; his sister, Margaret and brother-in-law, Jack Hodge of Bayville and his sister, Ann Olivadoti of Long Branch.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Monsignor Walsh Scholarship, c/o St. Mary's Elementary School (Attn: Peggy Dolan), 538 Church Street, New Monmouth, NJ 07748.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm and on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9:30 am at the funeral home. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered Thursday, May 10 at 10:30 am at St. Mary's Chapel, 26 Leonardville Rd., Middletown. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown.
For more information, to send condolences or for directions, please visit www.pflegerfh.com.
John F. Pfleger Funeral Home
115 Tindall Road Middletown, NJ 07748
Published in Asbury Park Press from May 7 to May 9, 2012