Thomas J. Dames Sr.

DAMES Thomas J Dames Sr., 86, of Ponte Vedra Beach, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at home. He was born in Bayonne, NJ and attended Bayonne Technical High School. After high school he served in the US Navy as a radioman. He attended college at the University of Colorado - Denver and graduated from New York University with a degree in Fine Arts. After a brief stint teaching public high school in New York City, he began working as a civilian in the US Army as a computer systems analyst. While there, Tom was at the forefront of the integration of computer networks within the military. Upon retiring from the federal government, he founded multiple computer businesses, most notably The Computer Forum in Red Bank. NJ. He also taught an adjunct professor at Monmouth University and worked as a consultant in the Washington, DC/ Northern Virginia area. In the 1980 s he relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach and was always very proud to call it his home. For almost 14 years he was a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. He was an accomplished sailor and enjoyed playing tennis and golf. Beginning in 1950, he became a member of the Barbershop Society (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A) a passion which continued throughout his life. In the late 1950 s and early 1960 s he was an original member of the Easternaires Quartet, which was a multiple International Medalist. Tom was one of only 4 people in the society to have ever medaled while singing both tenor and lead parts. In 1960 the Easternaires were signed to an RCA recording contract and released the album Once Over Lightly. Tom is survived by his wife Jeanne, his brother Robert of Cincinnati, Ohio as well as his daughters Leslie Johnson (David) Ponte Vedra, FL and Micaela Dames, Wall, NJ ; his son Thomas J. Dames Jr. (Jill) Ellicott City Md. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren Casey Johnson, Devin Johnson (Janna), Chase Johnson, David Lennon Johnson; Brenna Dames, Brendan Dames and his close dear friend Carolyn Ashton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30th at Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home, of Jacksonville Beach. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 31st at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 545 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom s name to The Keystone Academy, 214 40th Ave. S Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. Please visit our online Tribute at Services under the direction and care of: Please Sign the Guestbook @

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Published in the Florida Times-Union on Mar. 29, 2014