Thomas J. Vivian, Sr., 84, of Belford, NJ, peacefully passed away at home, in his sleep, on Monday, May 10th. Thomas was born in Long Branch, on March 18, 1937, a son of the late Anna Crosson and Thomas Vivian. Tom was raised in Port Monmouth and after marrying, he and his wife settled in Belford in 1963 to raise their family. Tom proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Tom was an automotive supervisor for the Middletown Township Public Works for 40 years. He was a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He camped in Walpack for many years. In his younger years, Tom raced cars at the Englishtown and Wall Stadium racetracks. He continued to be an avid NASCAR fan. He was also a huge Mets and Jets fan and enjoyed watching their games. When his children were growing up, Tom was always involved in their activities. He coached recreational baseball and was even his daughters' girl scout leader (along with his wife.) Tom will always be remembered as a loving and devoted father and grandfather.
Thomas was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Theresa Vivian in 2002 , their daughter Toni Sorochen in 2017, and twin granddaughters; Cheyenne and Jordane in 1994.
Thomas is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Richard) Fisher, of Port Monmouth; and Tina Johnstone, of Ortley Beach, along with his son, Thomas, Jr., of Belford. Tom also leaves behind his sister, Irene Archer, of Florida; his son-in-law, Alan Sorochen, and 11 grandchildren; Alan (Amanda), Rob, Casey, Kaitlin, Nicole, T.J., Tyler, Renee, Matthew, Ollie, and Theresa.
Friends and family may pay their respects on Thursday from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 pm at Scott & Kedz Home for Funerals. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Catherine RC Church, Middletown, at 9:30 am on Friday, May 14th. The Burial and Committal will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
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