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
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.
To offer condolences or for more information, please visit www.walterjohnsonfh.com.
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.