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Thomas Edward, age 90, was a life long resident of Paterson, NJ. Mr. Oliver departed this life on Friday, April 5, 2013. He was the first African-American Law Enforcement Officer to obtain the rank of Captain at the Passaic County Sheriff's Department. He was a World War II United States Army Veteran. He earned the Five Battle Star, the Bronze Star and the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal. He was a member of The First A.M.E. Zion Church of Paterson, NJ for over 70 years. There he was a member of the Steward Board, the Kitchen Cabinet and the Lay Council. He was a member of the N.A.A.C.P., the Integrity Lodge No. 51, F&M, (P.H.A.), Fidelity Chapter No. 16, O.E.S., (P.H.A.) He was predeceased by his wife Mary Louise (Harris) Oliver, parents: George Sr. and Lillian V. (Coleburn) Oliver, one brother and three sisters. He is survived by his son Craig Oliver, daughter: Wanda Oliver, one grandchild: Alessandra "Joi" Oliver, two godchildren: Penny and Marsha Copeland, devoted friend: Anna Veal, special niece: Lillian Cook, and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, neighbors and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate his life on Friday, April 12th, 2013 12:00 noon at The First A.M.E. Zion Church 326 Ellison St., Paterson, NJ. Interment: Cedar Lawn Cemetery. The Viewing will be held on Thursday, April 11th from 6-8 PM at the church. Arrangements by: The Carnie P. Bragg Funeral Home 256 Rosa Parks Blvd., Paterson, NJ. www.braggfuneralhome.com All officers and members of The Integrity Lodge No. 51, F&M, (P.H.A.), are hereby summoned to assemble Thursday, April 11th 6:30 PM at The First A.M.E. Zion Church of Paterson for the purpose of holding services for our beloved brother Thomas Edward Oliver.
Carnie P. Bragg Funeral Home
256 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Paterson, NJ 07501
Published in The Record on Apr. 10, 2013