MONROE TOWNSHIP - THOMAS J. WINTERS passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018 at St. Francis Hospital, Trenton. He was 70.
Born in New Brunswick, he resided in Ekeren, Belgium and Spotswood, NJ, before moving to Monroe Township, in 1988.
He was a graduate of Seton Hall University and Montclair University, starting his career as Director of Guidance at Antwerp International School, Ekeren, Belgium. Upon returning to the United States, he was a Counselor for Wall High School where he worked for 33 years.
Tom was a nationally known runner, who ran for Seton Hall University. He continued his love of running by becoming a track and cross country coach, also mentoring potential Olympic athletes; one of whom he trained at his home in the Italian Alps.
He loved the arts, particularly in Italy. He also loved his American and Italian family and friends.
Mr. Winters was a Communicant of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Spotswood.
A veteran of the Army Reserves, he was a member of Monroe Township's American Legion, Eugene J. Pacetta Post 522, the Guidance Counselors Association and the NJEA.
He was predeceased by his beloved son, Thomas Michael Winters in 1999 and his brother, Paul Winters.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth (Venutolo) Winters, his sister; Patricia Stevens and her husband, John, of Metuchen, his brother in law; Michael Venutolo and his wife, Kim, of Dubai, UAE, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 31st, at 9:30 AM in The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, followed by a 10:15 AM Mass at Immaculate Conception R.C. Church, Spotswood. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, December 30th, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 7:00 - 9:00 PM. For directions please visit the "Services" page.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or online at www.michaeljfox.org.
This man was a saint. He was the ultimate coach for young women. He gave all of himself at every avenue. He would never let anyone down. He was always going out of his way to make everything right for the girls. I had the pleasure of working beside him for 20+ years. I worked with him for several summers. I have only the highest respect for Tom and his wife. My wife and I talked to him just a few days early. Thank God, we got to talk to him. My family and I will miss him so much.
Tom was the epitome, the archetype of what a man, a coach, and a guidance councilor should be. A unique man, a gentle, caring soul. R.I.P. Tom,. Thanks for being a part of my and Steven and Jeanne’s lives. Jim
Mr. Winters coached me (and my siblings) for winter and spring track during 1990-94. He was such a positive, encouraging, optimistic, and kind coach and mentor. I will always remember him saying "Bring It Home" as I was finishing my race. He was a huge part of our family. Rest in Peace, coach!!!
Tom was a genuinely selfless man, who could not do enough for his family, friends, and students . He was an inspiration to all and will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
Some of my fondest memories are of Coach Winters encouraging us in track and cross country during my years at Wall Twp. High school. Mr. Winters was a great coach. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Mr. Winters will be missed greatly and remembered often.
Tom was a great friend and wonderful coach, he will be greatly missed. Vickie Johnson
Long ago I was on the track and cross country teams with Tom at Seton Hall. Over the years I ran into him on only a couple of occasions.
Nonetheless I have always remembered him and thought of him as ,as fine a person that I have ever known in all ways and I regret not having spent more time with him.
Tom was a true friend to all he met. Tom guided many students to become successful in their career choices, he was a dedicated educator. For 33 years Tom and I Collaborated to help his "kids" graduate. Tom, your job is done, Rest in Peace my friend Lee Roach Wall High School -- Retired
Tom was always ready to pitch in and help out when manpower was needed at the post . I can say I considered him a true friend. We will miss Tom very much.
I will always remember Mr. Winters for being a kind and gentle person and teacher.
Condolences to the family.
Tom was a true ģentleman
Mrs. Winters, your husband was a good person. He is going to be missed by everybody.
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