Thomas R. (Tommy) Kortman
1967 - 2020
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Tommy entered this world October 15, 1967, on his parents' first wedding anniversary. He gained the wings he had earned on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 with his loving sister, Heather Kortman-Seip, and the love of his life, Kristina Gasiewski, by his side.

Tommy was all about cars. Racing was his life - lived at a quarter mile - either straight forward for a quarter mile or a half mile around a dirt track.

Tommy and his father, "Pops", along with the whole family, started the ADNYP Racing Team #44. Each person on the team had a specific job to do - Pops at the helm as Head Builder & Mechanic and Tommy as co-builder/mechanic and more importantly (and most exciting for him) driver. Mom and sis, then later niece and nephews, as avid cheerleaders, fans and moral support. It was a true family affair. They could all be found at East Windsor Speedway every Friday night, running the yellow, that became red, #44 ADNYP car. This is where he began to pass on his love of cars and racing to his niece and nephews and countless fans. He could tell you the make, model and year of a car from a mile away, by the shape of the grill, or the lines of the hood or trunk.

When he was younger, he spent many years as an Alter Boy at St. Peter's R. C. Church in Riverside, N.J., and became an Eagle Scout. A 1986 graduate of Holy Cross High School, he played football and was on the Swim and Diving Team at Riverdel.

He went on to attend Drexel University and work at Jack's Auto Parts, Riverside. He then worked his way up to Assistant Parts Manager at McKeon Ford, before landing a job as an apprentice drafting engineer at Enser Corp. in Cinnaminson. The last, almost 20 years, was spent as a Financial Investigator for Dunbar Armored, which was bought by the Brink's Company in 2018.

Tommy suffered with the Eagles and the Steelers on their losses and rejoiced with them on their wins, while loudly coaching them from his chair. He could also be heard cheering, or cursing, at his favorite Flyers and Phillies games. Tommy was an active member and leader in many of the area model car clubs. He was a precise builder of model cars himself, having to make them as realistic as he could from piecing together parts from several different kits. He wasn't much of a cook, unless you loved hotdogs, pork roll or eggs, but he loved his mother's cole slaw and Kristy's chicken stroganoff.

To many, the sight of this big man could be intimidating, but he was more about hugs and having sleepovers for his niece and nephews - "helping" them build school projects. Not many knew this, but he would braid his niece, Kaytee's hair and then let her braid his or let her paint him up with makeup and hair bows to keep her entertained and happy. Of course all this primping led to some lovely tea parties.

In 1987, he met a petite and pretty girl, Kristina Gasiewski, through a mutual friend, and they dated off and on through 1988. She fell HARD for the confident "bad boy", but their life paths took them down separate roads. They reconnected in March of 2017 and rekindled their love. He had become much more mellow and those bear-like arms were her "safe place" where she finally felt at home and complete. He said that just the sound of her voice could make him relax and when they were together, you could see and feel the love they had for each other.

Tommy is survived by his sister Heather Kortman-Seip, his niece Kaitlin (Gary) Seip, his nephews Joe (Alix) Seip and Shane Locke, and great nephew, Drew Seip. His fiancee Kristina Gasiewski and his best friend, his sweet pitbull Blackie, along with several amazing friends, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents Thomas C. and Eileen Kortman and his wife of 25 years Tamara (Tammy) Warner Kortman.

Please join us for a celebration of his 53 years of life with his loved ones on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home on Bridgeboro Street, Riverside, N.J. A brief service will be held at 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum where Tommy volunteered for many years, his home away from home. (

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Riverside, NJ

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Published in Burlington County Times on Oct. 25, 2020.
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November 1, 2020
Tommy was a great friend when I was a kid...he lived across the street from my grandparents, and I will always have fond memories of my childhood thanks to him.
Kimberly Wigmore-Ashford
October 30, 2020
Tommy was a great guy and friend! Have some great memories! REst in Peace my Friend!
Gene DiFilippo
October 28, 2020
I knew Tommy for many years through Delaware Valley Scale Modelers. I always enjoyed catching up with him about our hobbies and our lives. I will miss him dearly, and my heart goes out to all of his family and friends during this difficult time.
Jamie Makin
October 28, 2020
Tommy you will be missed, my regards to your family.
Heidi Martin
October 28, 2020
I will miss him volunteering at the Simeone Museum. He was one of the good guys and part of the team. Rest In Peace Tommy
Rick Armstrong
October 28, 2020
Godspeed on your new journey Tommy!
Ted Hesson
October 27, 2020
Tommy was a good worker and good co-worker. He was one of those colleagues that you could really count on. Even though I never got to meet him face-to-face, I'll miss seeing his name pop up in my emails. Thanks for everything, Tommy!
Chelsea Davidson
October 27, 2020
I will be looking for Tommy at car events, model car events and at the Simeone, probably for the rest of my days. We would throw good-natured insults and barbs at each other, and then laugh. I will always miss the twinkle in the eyes and that child like grin on this big man. Tommy, my friend, you will be remembered always. My heart breaks. My sincere condolences to his loved ones and many friends.
October 26, 2020
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Matthew Guilfoyle
October 26, 2020
Tommy , was and is like the little brother I never had . Over the years we drifted apart . Iwill never forget the kid with the white GT
Jay Wilkins
October 26, 2020
Thank you for sharing Blackie with us on FB Thomas. You will always be remembered. Rest In Peace. xoxo
Kay B. Errington
October 25, 2020
So many great times at JSMCC, Del Val, Englishtown, the Rainbow, Michael's, Simeone, NNL's, Big Sits, times I'll never forget, even when you brought the rain we had a blast. RIP bud
October 25, 2020
The members of the Maryland Automotive Modelers Association will always remember Tommy as the gregarious and gentle giant of a man that he was. The news of his passing greatly shocked us. Tommy was a truly gifted model car builder, good friend, and an all-around great guy. We, too, deeply mourn his passing.
Tim Powers
October 25, 2020
With an infectious laugh that Tommy had it was hard not to know where he was at a given moment.He was a great friend and great model builder.His passing has touched a lot of people on a personal level and in the modeling community as well.
Bob Dudek
October 25, 2020
Oh my big brother I never would have imagined that I would be reading an obituary for you. I hope we did you proud.
I miss you so much already, I just can’t believe you’re gone. I told you not to leave me but of course you didn’t listen to me....again!!
I truly don’t know what I’m going to do without you.
Please be sure to kiss and give huge hugs to mom and daddy for me, and the three of you please watch over and guide all of us.
I will love and miss you forever. Rest in sweet, comfortable peace my brother and first friend I had.
I love you! Love, Kid
Heather Kortman-Seip
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