The Obit For Tom Dunn

Thomas M. Dunn Jr.

Published in Star-Ledger on November 8, 2012

Thomas M. Dunn, Jr., 78, of Clark, N.J., passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, with his family at his side, following a courageous battle with Parkinson's Syndrome.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral from the Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Rd., Clark, on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8:45 a.m. Thence to St. Agnes R.C. Church, Clark, where a Funeral Mass will be offered at 9:45 a.m.

Interment will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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Tom was born and raised in Newark, N.J., where he was an All-City and All-State baseball player at Newark East Side. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves and would later be inducted into the Essex County Hall of Fame for his playing accomplishments.

Tom honorably served his country in the Army and upon discharge, returned to Newark, where he joined the Police Department in 1960 until his retirement in 1985. During that time Tom earned his Bachelor and Master degrees from Montclair State College in physical education and special education.

His law enforcement career continued with the Essex County Sheriff's Department for another 15 years. Tom was a member of the Newark FOP and then the Essex County Sheriff's PBA. Known as "TD" to his friends and fellow officers, Tom will be most remembered for his great sense of humor and even greater trait of loyalty.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Patricia; his children, Karen Rossi and her husband, George of Manahawkin, N.J.; Kevin Dunn and his wife, Marta of Schooleys Mountain, N.J. and Keith Dunn and his wife, Lisa of Clark.

He will be deeply missed by his seven grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kelsey, Taylor, Tommy, Meghan, Deidre and Jack.

Tom was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Lisquinos. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Those wishing to make a contribution in Thomas' name, please make it to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, N.Y. 10163-4777.