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“Tom and I grew up on Chelsea Ave in AC in the fifties ... We were great friends and what a beautiful time to grow up ... We played all the sports...Read More ยป
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Thomas-Grandop, Pop, Gramps passed away Dec. 27th surrounded by his loving family. He was 68. born Oct. 11th, 1944 to Jack and Mildred Bordonaro. He grew up in Atlantic City where he had many fond memories. He was a member of Local 322 for 40 years. He loved God, his country, his family, Notre Dame and almost all sports. in which order we're not sure, with Notre dame always competing for 1st place. After graduating from ACHS he proudly served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Providence, the flagship of the 7th fleet, in Japan and Calif., crossing the equator and becoming a shellback. While serving, he married his high school sweetheart. After returning from Calif. they settled in Brigantine, raising 5 children, all of whom he loved unconditionally. He loved coaching the youth of Brigantine, which he did for many years. He coached the Brigantine Rams peewee and varsity teams for 23 years, also serving as president for 5 of those years, Brigantine Little League for 12 years, also serving as president. He coached street hockey for 12 years and was one of the many fathers who were instrumental in building the first hockey courts on 24th st. and introducing hockey to the youth of Brigantine, he was especially proud of coaching his daughter, calling her "the Enforcer". He also coached St. Phillips CYO basketball for 5 years. He was a lector for St. Thomas church for 5 years. He took great pride in coaching and and watching all of his children in all sports and in later years watching his grandchildren play, it was hard keeping him on the sidelines. He would tell them all, children & grandkids, "you gotta play with the little hurts!!". After retirement, he concentrated on his golf & working as a ranger at Ballamor Country Club, which he loved, and finding a great group of friends and co-workers who were so good to Tom during his illness. He was so proud & happy to have his oldest grandson as his partner in the golf league he played in this past summer. Tom loved family dinners, family gatherings, everything family. One of the greatest times in his life was going to the Univ. of Notre Dame football with all of his 4 sons. He is predeceased by his parents, his niece Tina and his brother-in-law Jim. He leaves to cherish many wonderful memories, his wife of 48 years, Terry, the love of his life, 5 children, Tom Jr. (Stacy) EHT, Michael (Wendy) EHT, Dan (Chrissy) Chicago, Tracy (Joe Bates) LA, and Jack, Brigantine. 12 grandchildren, Tori, Tommy, Caitlyn, Kyler, Michael, Kyle, Jason, Sofie, Millie, Alyssa, Taylor and Joey. His brother James (Stephanie), his sister Nancy, sisters-in-law, Pat, Sharon and Kathy and brother-in-law John. All of the Bordonaro & Johnston nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved as much as he loved his own. Also numerous cousins. He was a wonderful husband, a great dad and a terrific and funny grandpop. We will all miss him desperately especially as steady quarterback at the annual family Thanksgiving Day football game. Don't forget "2nd star to the right and straight on till morning, I'll meet you there." Go Irish! In lieu of flowers please send donations to South Jersey Cancer Fund or the Wounded Warriors Project. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend Thomas Life Celebration on Monday December 31, 2012 from 9:30am to 11am at St. Thomas Church 311 8th Street Brigantine, NJ 08203. Mass will follow at 11am. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing. To share your foundest memory of Thomas please visit.