Mayor George Dempsey recalled fondly his late friend Thomas Carroll as he read aloud a mayoral proclamation declaring April 18 Thomas Carroll Remembrance Day in the borough of Manasquan.
"He was a good friend and he did so much for Manasquan as a volunteer," a tearful Dempsey said during Monday's meeting of the Mayor and Council.
Carroll died on March 24 at the age of 73 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. A native of North Jersey, Carrol resided in Fair Lawn during the year and spent summers in Manasquan until 1999, when his retirement after 25 years at Essex Management Corporation in Newark brought him to the Jersey Shore full-time.
As a volunteer in Manasquan, Carroll served as both the president and vice-president of the Manasquan Beach Improvement Association, where Dempsey said he "established a positive working relationship with the mayor and council."
As a vice-chairman of the Manasquan Planning Board, Dempsey said he "demonstrated expertise and professionalism" while heading up its Technical Review Team.
Carroll's wife of 50 years, Diana DaCastro Carroll, was in attendance to accept the proclamation.
Those wishing to make a donation in Carroll's memory may do so by donating to Columbia University Medical Center, MDS Research, c/o Azra Raza MD, Herbert Irving Pavilion, 161 Ft. Washington Ave. 9th Floor, New York, NY 10032.