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Thomas (Tom) Eugene Rutt

AGE: 64 • Asbury Park

Thomas (Tom) Eugene Rutt, 64, of Asbury Park, NJ, died peacefully at home on Sunday, September 6, 2015. Tom is remembered by his loving family and friends for his warm-hearted generosity, his intelligence and insatiable curiosity, his musicality and love of the outdoors and a boundless sense of humor. Born in Detroit, MI in 1950, Tom studied electrical engineering and received a master's degree from Wayne State University. He moved to New Jersey to work at Bell Labs, which later became Lucent Technologies, and later worked for Fujitsu with the Object Management Group and with the International Organization for Standardization. Tom was also an accomplished musician and recording engineer who lent his guitar, bass and mandolin skills to several local blues, rock and country bands. He nurtured a lifelong love of the outdoors as an active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, whose fellow members and hikers delighted in hearing him croon his own song, "Winnebago Woman," around the campfire at night at campsites from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Three Sisters Wilderness of Oregon.

Tom was a devoted father to his daughter Erica Rutt Gale, of Brooklyn, NY and a doting grandfather to Ila Gale, 2, who loved visiting her "Grandpa Ruttsie" and riding bikes with him on the Asbury Park boardwalk.

He is survived by his daughter Erica and son-in-law Ezra Gale, his granddaughter Ila, mother Mary Lou Rutt and father Eugene Rutt, both of Lake Orion, MI, brothers Jerry Rutt, Rick Rutt, Chuck Rutt and Peter Rutt, sisters Ginny Miller, Sue Sidaway, Peggy Emeigh and Donna Barrrett, 14 nieces and nephews, 14 grand-nieces and nephews, previous wives Anna Valdanazzi Rutt and Joyce Spadoro, and a wide circle of lifelong friends he considered part of his extended family.

A Celebration of Tom's life will be held Sunday, September 20, from 12-2pm at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ. In light of his lifelong interest in music, donations can be made in his name to Little Kids Rock, 271 Grove Ave, Bldg E-2, Verona, NJ 07044 or online at www.littlekidsrock.org/support-us/donation-2.

A second Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, October 17 in Lake Orion, MI.




Published in Asbury Park Press on Sept. 13, 2015
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