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Thomas Ayres

Bridgewater, VA - Thomas Ayres, of Bridgewater, Virginia passed peacefully away on January 2, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis Busco Ayres, his daughters Colleen Bagarello (husband Tom, deceased), Karen Bodoh (husband Keith), his sons Thomas (wife Brook), Matthew (wife Cindy), 10 grandchildren and 5 great, grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter Ellen Louk.

Tom was born in South River, NJ in 1935. He attended Virginia Military Institute before enlisting in the Marines. He earned his undergraduate degree at Elon College and later his Master's degree from Rutgers University.

Tom moved his family to Seaside Park in 1968. He was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Toms River and Central Regional school districts for 30 years. An avid volunteer, he was on the First Aid Squad and worked summers as a police dispatcher. In 1981, he was elected to town council and in 1983 he became the 18th mayor of Seaside Park.

Tom was passionate about fishing and spent many days at Island Beach State Park as well as in local tackle shops chatting with friends. He enjoyed working with kids and coached Little League as well as Pop Warner Football for years.

In 1992 Tom and his wife Phyllis retired to Virginia. He kept in regular touch with his many friends and family up until the time of his death.

The family will hold a memorial service later this year to celebrate his life. Those wishing to make a donation in his honor can do so directly to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Published in Asbury Park Press & Home News Tribune on Jan. 14, 2018
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