Thomas A. Mosher, 77 of Lakewood, passed away on Saturday December 14, 2019 at the Hospital of the
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University of Pennsylvania from heart surgery complications, with his loving family by his side. Thomas
was born in Point Pleasant and was a lifelong resident of the shore area. A graduate of Manasquan High
School, he received his BA and MA in Music Education from Montclair State College. Tom was a music
teacher and band director at Raritan High School for 33 years. He received awards for his many years of
service including the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award in the Hazlet School System in 1996-1997,
the All Shore Band Directors Association award in 1998, and the Distinguished Service Award from the
New Jersey Music Education Association in 2012. He also served as editor for NJMEA’s Tempo magazine
for over 20 years. Playing clarinet with the Greater Shore Concert Band and also acting as assistant
director, Tom performed a clarinet solo at the band’s Carnegie Hall performance in 2017. Besides being a
coin collector, loving to travel and going on cruises with his wife Kathy, he also thoroughly enjoyed
spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Thomas was predeceased by his parents John and Elizabeth Mosher. He is survived by his loving wife of
54 years Kathleen (nee Pregun) Mosher of Lakewood, his four beloved children and their spouses Stacey
L. and Dean Critchlow of Wall, Michele A. and Michael Turanski of Chicago. IL, Joel M. and Amy Mosher
of Lincroft and Eric J. and Jennifer Mosher of Brick. Tom was also the cherished grandfather to 6
grandchildren: Cara Vilardi (husband TJ), Kyle Critchlow, Michaela Turanski, Cassandra Mosher, Avery and
Jensen Mosher, and his 2 great-grandchildren Trey and Bryce Vilardi.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Friday December 20, 2019 from 3-7 pm
at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ. A “Celebration of Life”
service will begin at 6:30 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Amyloidosis
Foundation 7151 N. Main Street Suite 2 Clarkston, MI 48346 or by going online to www.amyloidosis.org .
To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.