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Thomas Marvel

AGE: 91 • Naples, FL

Thomas Marvel, long time member of the Long Beach Island community, passed away peacefully at home in Naples, Florida with family by his side on February 16, 2017. He was 91. On his refrigerator hung a Jack London quote: "The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." And that is exactly how Tom Marvel lived his life.

At 17, too young to enlist on his own, he convinced his mother to let him join the Navy where he served on the USS Lexington in the Pacific during WWII as an aviation radioman. After the war Tom put roots down in Long Beach Island. With his wife Christine he established Marvel's Market, a specialty grocery store that is still remembered for its freshly made donuts. He was a mentor, role model and even father figure to numerous employees, many of whom were still in touch with him 60 years later.

His love of fishing drew him to the Florida Keys, where he spent his winters as a commercial fisherman. Following a weekend trip in 1969, he and Christine fell in love with Naples and relocated here. In 1980 he established a charter boat business aptly named Capt. Marvel, which he operated out of the Naples City Dock for the next 25 years.

Always an ardent environmentalist, he brought his years of boating experience to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, where he became a popular and well-loved boat captain. His colleagues became close friends with whom he shared the many activities Naples has to offer, including opera, bird watching at Freedom Park and other nearby nature preserves, courses at Renaissance Academy, and concerts, plays and films, which he attended on a weekly basis. He was an avid and accomplished cook, specializing in smoked fish salad, killer key lime pie and calamondin cake, which he made with fruit grown in his backyard. As a close friend said, he was always the first to accept a party invitation and the first to reciprocate.

For all who knew him, Tom was simply a great guy, whose spirit, enthusiasm, intellect, and zest for life will be deeply missed. His wife Christine predeceased him in 2008. He is survived by his three children Jean Tisne of Brooklyn, NY, Thomas (Lisa) Marvel of Naples, and Andrew Marvel of New York City; his grandchildren, Claire Haft, Philip and Jack Tisne, James and Jeffrey Marvel; and three great-grandchildren, Louis, Selma, and George Haft. A local memorial celebration is planned for the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main Street, PO Box 52, Tuckerton, New Jersey 08087.
Published in Beach Haven Times on Mar. 2, 2017
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