D'Elia Funeral Home

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Donald Arthur Dinse

1 July , 193512 September , 2019

Donald (Buzzy) Dinse of Tomes River, passed away Thursday September 12th, 2019 at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by his father William (1st Generation Fire Fighter, paid fire fighter for Jersey City), mother Amy, brother William and sister Ann Marie. Don worked as a truck driver in New York City, Store Manager for Pathmark Supermarket. He joined the Herbertsville Fire Company in the early 1970’s as the 2nd Generation Fire Fighter, he was elected to the position of Fire Captain. He also was elected to the position of Brick Town Fire Commissioner. Don earned the title of Lifelong Member of the fire company. He also was a member of the National Forestry Fire Service. Family was the most important thing in his life and spent as much time as possible with as many friends and family members as he possibly could. He was the life of the party and he was never seen without a smile on his face. He always found the very best in all that he met. Don loved to travel the country camping with his family and close friends and later in life enjoyed a slower pace with his wife Anne at their place down on Sanibel Island, Florida. Don’s motto in life was “There are No Problems in Life, Just Challenges” and he helped all he met through those “Challenges”. Don (Buzzy – which means Happy, Life of the Party, Joyful in German) is survived by his spouse Anne Dinse of 58 years, Son Donald Michael Dinse (3rd Generation Paid Fire Fighter/Medic- Retired), Son Michael Joseph Dinse, Son Scott Joseph Dinse, 4 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild. Per Don’s request, there will be no mourning of his death, only a celebration of life at a time and place to be determined by his wife at a later date.


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Jim/Mary Clemente

15 September 2019

After 40+ years of friendship, it is difficult to select a memory. We shared so many great times. We have numerous camping trips, road trip to Las Vegas, Key West, and a Caribbean cruise, just to name a few. We will always recall, remember them, and smile. You will be missed, you were one of the best.

Donald Dinse

14 September 2019

From the first time that i could remember my childhood, all i wanted to do was make my dad proud of me. He set the bar extremely high in his promise to always support his family.

Growing up we had everything we could ask for. He worked around the clock to provide our family not only the necessities but the extra's that he wanted us to have, extra's he was not awarded as a child.

There was not a year that went by when we didn't take a family vacation. Vacations that included camping all over the country. But, no matter where we went. He wanted the entire family with him and close friends whenever possible.

Nothing was more important to him than family. From teaching me all about camping, service to the community and never backing down from a challenge, I always looked up to him.

Through my mistakes in life he never judged me, only offered friendly advice built from his own experiences . I was never more proud then when i saw the look on his face when my parents saw me the first time in my US Navy uniform. Only perhaps to the excitement in his voice when i told him i was offered a Fire Fighter job in Virginia.

While there were many miles separating us over the years. We enjoyed our phone conversations with regard to topics we both enjoyed... The Fire Department, The Union and the Weather.

As we prepared each year to journey on family camping trips. Our phone calls switched to who had the most clean, detailed rigs and tow vehicles. He tough me to take care of things. He said if you take care of the things you have, you will always have the resources you need for the fun things.

He also said that if you restrict yourself from buying a bunch of small things. You will have the money for the bigger things. A lesson that allowed me to retire at an early age.

We had a great deal in common, even the ability of hurting ourselves no matter what we were working on. Always bleeding somewhere...

I will Miss My BEST Friend . Love you DAD

Donald Dinse

14 September 2019