Thomas “Tom” Ogrodnik, 87, of Toms River, N.J., and Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away at home Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, after succumbing to cancer.
He was born in Garwood, N.J.
Thomas was a graduate of Springfield Dayton H.S. in 1942. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army as an engineer, including duty on Saipan. Tom was owner of Shelter Cove Marina in Toms River for 25 years. He was an accomplished architect/designer and woodworker, from houses to boats to furniture, and loved travel, fishing and golf. Thomas always had a project going on. He was a member of the Elks, and enjoyed Veterans Administration and Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) of Southwest FL services.
Thomas leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Irene Lamb Ogrodnik; son, Thomas Glenn of Cohasset, Mass.; daughter, Gail Ann Gary of Toms River; grandchildren, David and Mark Gary, and Matthew and Molly Ogrodnik; and great-grandchildren, Taylor and Sean Gary.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VIP Center (www.vipcenter.org), the Veterans Administration (www.volunteer.va.gov/apps/VolunteerNow/), or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are by Ocean County Cremation Service, Forked River, N.J.