Thomas J., 86, of Mahwah, formerly of Upper Saddle River and Darien, CT died September 29th. Born in Newburgh, NY on October 5, 1926, Tom and his eight siblings were raised by their mother, Mary Murphy Benson Lepore. He received his Bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut University and a Masters in secondary education from University of Bridgeport. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 through 1946.
Upon receiving his honorable discharge, he began a professional career dedicated entirely to education. He taught in the Darien, CT school system before becoming an assistant principal in the Greenwich, CT school district. He returned to Darien as principal of Middlesex Middle School. He became Superintendent of the Upper Saddle River NJ district in 1973, serving in this position until 1992. He has enjoyed a retirement filled with traveling, golf, bridge games and summer vacations with his children and grandchildren in Lake Placid, NY. Tom was a faithful parishioner at Presentation RC Church.
Tom is survived by his son, Thomas W. and his wife Alice of Weston, MA, daughters Linda Meiman and her husband Jim of Ramsey, Beth O'Connor and her husband Russ of Lisbon, CT, Carol Dannenfelser and her husband Dave of Rockaway NJ; brothers Jim Benson of Georgia, Bob Benson of Paramus, Larry Lepore of Pompton Lakes, Vinnie Lepore of Ocala, FL and his sister Eileen Benson of New York City. He is the loving Grandpa to Kristin, Nicky, Ben, Meghan, Shannon, Laura, David, James and Aidan. He was pre-deceased by his brothers David and George, his sister Pat Ciceri and his loving wife Carol Hurley Benson (2011).
The family will receive visitors at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave. Ramsey Sunday, October 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Mass at Church of the Presentation (Upper Saddle River) Monday, October 7 at 10 AM. Interment will be at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom's memory can be made to Boys Town (www.boystown.org). Please send tributes, memories and condolences to www.vanemburghsneider.com.
Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home
109 Darlington Ave Ramsey , NJ 07446
Published in The Record/Herald News on Oct. 3, 2013