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Jack, 70, of Bedford, Texas died at his home Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Service: Inurnment ceremonies are scheduled for June 22, 2012 at Finns Point National Cemetery, Pennsville, NJ at 1 PM.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the or the .
Jack was the son of the late John and Selma (Sweetman) Van Tol, born on April 14, 1942 in Paterson, NJ.
He attended Pompton Lakes High School and at the age of 16 he was honored by the VFW for saving a man from drowning in Pompton Lakes and was presented with a Heroism Award in December 1958.
He entered the U.S. Navy and served from 1960 to 1964 aboard the USS Nitro and attained the rank of Radarman 2nd class. While aboard the USS Nitro he made several Mediterranean cruises as well as participating in the Cuban Blockade. After his honorable discharge from the Navy he worked for several years at El Dupont before becoming a Ringwood Police Officer. He was a Police Officer from 1971 till 1982 and was awarded many commendations.
Jack moved to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas in the early 1980s and was employed at Mostek Electronics for several years as a security supervisor and ended his career as a truck driver in 2005.
Jack was an avid outdoors man enjoying hunting and fishing. He loved to travel and went on frequent road trips on his Harley Davidson. Jack was a passionate collector of Delft pottery and Indian artifacts.
Jack was compelled to speak his mind and would often say, "I did it my way" which was how he lived his life.
Predeceasing him is former wife, Margaret "Peggy" Gibson.
Survivors: Children, John D. Van Tol Jr. of Catasauqua, PA and Jane Spradlin of Slatington PA; brother, Douglas Van Tol and wife Mary of Cape Coral, FL; nephews, Douglas Van Tol Jr. of Wakefield, RI and Eric Van Tol of Gaithersburg, MD; aunts, Marilyn Sweetman of Whiting, NJ and Jeanette Poulson of Pompton Lakes, NJ; Jack was cared for by his loving former spouse, Marie "Bunny" Van Tol of Hurst, TX.
Published in The Record/Herald News on May 12, 2012
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