HIGHTSTOWN - THOMAS JOSEPH HAGGERTY passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at home. He was 56.
Born in Kearney NJ, he lived in Hightstown for seven years.
He was a Quality Control Specialist for the U.S. District Court located in Newark, NJ.
Thomas was predeceased by his mother, Margaret (Fugazzi) Haggerty.
Surviving are his father, Thomas W. Haggerty; his sister, Colleen Bonanno; brother, James Haggerty and his wife, Carol; six nieces and nephews; seven grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many aunts and uncles.
Tommy always looked forward to hanging with his friends, visiting with his nieces and nephews and loved vacationing with family and friends in Aruba.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 9:45 AM, at The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, followed by a 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Conception Church, Spotswood. Entombment will follow at the Most Sorrowful Mary Mausoleum at Holy Cross Burial Park, South Brunswick.
Family and friends may visit, at the funeral home, on Sunday, September 13th, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. For directions please see the "Services" page.
In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity in his name.
Some photos of the gang throughout the years
I had the honor and privilege to work with Tom, and I know he will be missed dearly.
He was a mentor and teacher, and a guiding beacon of light in my professional development. He cared deeply about the integrity and the quality of the work that we produced together at the Court. While he may no longer be with us, I feel as though a part of him will always be with me.
I want to extend my heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Tom that knew him the best. It was a beautiful thing to know and work with Tom, and I want to extend to you as much love and strength as possible during this time.
Tom, I pray you rest well, and I will always cherish the memories. Thank you, Tom.
- Donato Marucci
My deepest sympathy to all the Haggerty’s. My personal sadness is profound. It doesn’t happen too often that you bond with someone the way that Tommy and I did. One of my first friends when I moved to NJ and our friendship grew throughout the years. We shared so much over the years. Tommy was one of my best friends like a brother to me and uncle to my kids. I was so happy when he and my husband David became friends as it was always easy to include him in our lives. He had an infectious laugh and we shared a love for B movies and Sci-fi and spent many a nights and days laying on the couch watching while David made fun of what we watched. He enjoyed when I had him for dinner and packed him something to go. When we spoke he always gave me a rundown of the family first how pops was doing then about Colleen and Jimmy and of course all about his nieces and nephews they all meant so much to him. I could count on Tommy for anything anytime if I needed something he would always be there for me and my family and I hope he felt the same of me. He opened his home to my family when we lived with him one summer waiting for our new home to be ready. He insisted we take his room and gave Paige the guest room and he stayed on the couch. He was so genuine and so generous in spirit. He would give you the shirt off his back. I thought we had another 30 years of friendship and laughter ahead. There will forever be a void that can’t be filled. Tommy we loved you and will miss you dearly always!
Tommy and I met in 4th grade at Schirra Elementary School . Our friendship continued through school - we worked at a car wash together, played ”spin the bottle” at parties, just ‘hung outside, and he was even my Senior Prom date. Our friendship continued after high school , although after I moved out of NJ in 1999 we only saw each other at dinners when I visited. We shared so many wonderful memories! Rest In Peace my dear friend - I wish I could be there, but with Covid and living in Florida, I’m saying my farewell virtually. Praying for peace for his dad, Colleen, Jimmy and his other family members, and friends. We will meet again one day my friend.
My thoughts & prayers are with you. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love Margaret Cruz
Tom is immortalized by way of his legacy: The love he had for his family, the compassion he had for his friends, the unwavering support he gave to those of us who were so privileged to know him at work. All of these things came from the greatness of a great man's heart. All of these things will be forever missed but never forgotten. I haven't known Tom for much more than two years (a mere flicker in time compared to so many others) and yet, it was even in such a short relative moment that my life was enriched by Tom. The positive influence of my friendship with him was - and will remain - immeasurable. He had a special gift for connecting, storytelling and sharing in life, and you always knew you were in for a good one when it began with Tom's trademark "Hehe! Well...". He leaves behind shoes of professionalism and personality that will not easily be filled - if truly ever, and his departure leaves me recalling a verse from the Epic of Gilgamesh: "and Gilgamesh wept bitter tears over the death of his friend, Enkidu, despairingly he said 'He who was my companion, my friend, through adventure and hardship, is gone forever.'" You're never gone, Tom. But you will be forever cherished, honored, and above all missed very very much. Rest in peace, my dear friend.
With heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the Haggerty family,
I didn’t thank Tom nearly enough for teaching me all I know. He never hesitated to help out. His smile and laugh were contagious and we all have a memory of Tom bringing a smile to our face! Rest easy friend, your loss will be felt by all who knew you and you will not be forgotten.
Tom at our operations meeting in Minnesota, Mall of America
I worked with Tom for many years at the Federal Courthouse in Newark, as well as with his father at the U.S. Attorney's Office. I was so sad to hear that he passed so young. He was always pleasant and extremely helpful to people, especially with the computer-he was a wiz! My prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Sincerely, Donna Astorino Casale
We will always remember Tommy for his wonderfully dry sense of humor. His quick witted replies and unapologetic responses, always with a little Twinkle in his eye! We will miss his presence around the pool in October . May he Rest In Peace, along with his loved ones that have held his spot in Heaven.
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