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Carol Joan Tomason (Age 70)  
Passed away from injuries sustained during a tragic accident in Washington, DC on the morning of October 12, 2018. Carol and her husband Bruce, residents of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were visiting their children and grandchildren, who live in the District. Carol was born in Neptune, New Jersey to Ruth and Otto Schneider on August 22, 1948. She shared 46 loving years with her one true love, best friend, and husband, Bruce Tomason. The couple started a family in Summit, New Jersey, and also spent time living in London, England. Carol was the proud and loving mother to Audrey Tomason Ward, and Meredith Tomason, and was thrilled to become a mother-in-law to Audrey's husband Sean Ward. Carol also leaves behind two granddaughters, and enjoyed all of the fun that came with being their "Grammy'. A lifelong educator, Carol received her Bachelors Degree from Montclair State University, and both her Masters degree and Educational Specialist in Learning Disabilities Degree from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. She began her teaching career as an English and ESL teacher at Park Junior High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Carol was an active and passionate advocate with many educational non-profits and schools over her career including in New Jersey, at the Summit Child Care Center, Kent Place School, and Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex & Union; in London, at the American School in London; and most recently in North Carolina, as the President of The Learning Trail, a non-profit supporting the educational and social services needs of children from low-income families in the Chapel Hill area. She enjoyed traveling with her family, and was passionate about gardening, baking, playing golf, and spending time with her family and friends at the family's home in Martha's Vineyard. Carol's effervescence, warmth, and genuine joy for giving to others are irreplaceable. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, and in honor of Carol's giving spirit, contributions may be given to the organization closest to Carol's heart, The Learning Trail, P.O. Box 3061 Chapel Hill, NC 27515 ( Services will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As an outgrowth of this tragedy, please join Carol's family in supporting the efforts of Vision Zero D.C. (

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Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 17, 2018.
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November 10, 2018
Dear Bruce,

I am so very sorry for your loss.

I pray that you and your family find strength and courage in this time of grief.

Very truly yours,
Madeleine 'Mimi' McMahon
Madeleine 'Mimi' McMahon
November 10, 2018
Dear Bruce,

I remember Carol so vividly from our years in Summit; her warmth, intellect, and joie de vivre. The world is less bright without her, and Tony and I are deeply sorry for your loss.

With heartfelt sympathy, and thoughts of you and the girls--

Sally Cummings-Jannelli
October 31, 2018
May the God of all comfort sustain Carol's family during the days ahead.-Psalms 119:76
Mrs Gibson
October 23, 2018
Memories of Carol and her infectious laugh abound.
Hopefully, your loving memories of Carol will warm your hearts
. Esta and Bob
October 19, 2018
October 19, 2018
When someone we love falls asleep in death the memories we have of them become our treasure, may those cherished memories of a life well lived and Gods promise at John 6:40 bring you comfort during this most difficult time. My condolences to the family.
October 19, 2018
With deepest sympathy, may you find comfort from God's word at John 6:40
October 18, 2018
such an unbelievable lose for so many...
Kathy lichtstein
October 18, 2018
I knew Carol from her years on the Board at Kent Place School in Summit. Additionally, she and her husband Bruce were very good friends of my brother and sister in law. This is such a loss. Truly beautiful person. Janet Schottelkotte Russell
Janet Schottelkotte Russell
October 18, 2018
Carol was such a special person. Always warm, caring , interesting and fun. We are blessed to have known her, and she will be missed. Our hearts go out to Bruce,, Audrey , Meredith and their families.
Beth and Marc Goldberg
October 17, 2018
Carol had a "joie de vivre" and an upbeat way about her that simply made one smile and want to be with her. She had a passion for life and was a truly thoughtful friend. Professionally, Carol was incredibly highly regarded as a learning specialist during her years in Summit. What she continued to do in Chapel Hill with The Learning Trail is testimony to her commitment to help young people.
Carol's death is a huge loss but the example that she set in helping others will not be forgotten. I am proud to have had Carol as a friend and will forever remember the special times together that we shared.
Betsy Crosby
October 17, 2018
Carol certainly was a gift to education and added something special to every lesson taught and her students loved and admired her. I remember so well assisting her in studies at RU where she excelled to the highest excellence. I send my best to Bruce as they were together an unbeatable team. Blessing to their children and are all in my prayers, Love and best to all Cathy Cassidy, Park Middles School and McGinn elementary.
October 17, 2018
Aunt Carol was such a welcoming, warm person whose personality sparkled in everything she did. I always looked forward to seeing her when we had our family Christmases, especially the ones at your home in Summit. We are devastated that she has been taken from you so soon. I can't imagine a world without her light in it but I know it lives on in your love and memory of her. Sending our love and prayers from AZ.
Amy Shaw
October 17, 2018
I will always remember and treasure the time we spent with Carol and all her family. She was a wonderful friend who always had a positive outlook with a great sense of humor and intelligence. Gone to soon, but will never be forgotten.
Charles Wesoky
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