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Thomas J. Powers

AGE: 82 • Wall Twp.

Thomas J. Powers, 82, of Wall Township passed away at his home on Monday April 4. Tom was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended St. Francis Prep, started college at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and then served in the US Army. Upon completing his military service he returned to St Francis College and received a BA in Economics. He was also a scholar athlete playing Basketball and Baseball. After his graduation he was a salesman for Schaefer Brewing Company, Queens for over ten years. He then became a salesman for DTA Concrete, Wall. Tom went on to work for the Department of Human Services and the Garden State Parkway Authority retiring in 2005. He was elected to Aberdeen Township Council in 1967. He later became Mayor of Aberdeen, elected as Monmouth County Freeholder from 1981 until 2005 and named Freeholder Director in 2005. Tom was Grand Marshall of St. Patrick's Day Parade, Belmar in 1989, Irishman of the Year for the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Jersey Shore in 1994, Man of the Year for the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Jersey Shore in 1999, Honorary Life Member of the Aberdeen PBA Local 163 and President of NJ Association of Counties. He coached youth baseball and basketball in the Aberdeen-Matawan area and was a member of Shore Board 194 IAABO, officiating high school basketball in the Shore Conference. Proud of his Irish heritage, Brooklyn roots, and record of public service, Tom's greatest joy was his family. He enjoyed nothing more than attending any event involving his grandchildren.

Tom is predeceased by his parents John and Mildred Powers, two sons-in-law Joseph Lyttle and Robert Handy. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Barbara (nee Straus) Powers, Wall; his children and their spouses John (Tammy)Powers of Aberdeen, Barbara Lyttle of Freehold, Mary Handy of Howell, Thomas (Susan) Powers of Freehold, Jennifer (Michael) Hastings of Pennington and James (Tracy) Powers of Wall. He is also survived by his 18 cherished grandchildren Catherine, Joseph, Erin, Connor, Caitlin, Meghan, Robert, Ryan, Hayley, Patrick, Sean, Brianne, Emma, Jack, Sam, Tanner, Riley and Devaney.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday April 7 at St. Denis Church 90 Union Avenue Manasquan, NJ 08736 from 3-7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Friday, April 8th at St Catharine's Church 215 Essex Avenue Spring Lake, NJ 08762. Interment will follow at St. Ann's Cemetery 1610 Allenwood Road, Wall, NJ. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to PO Box 1000 Dept 142 Memphis, TN 38101 or online at www.stjude.org. If you are sending flowers please send directly to St. Denis Church, Manasquan. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 6, 2016
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