Alfred F. MUZER Jr.
March 21, 1958 – April 11, 2018
TOMS RIVER - Al Muzer, 60, of Toms River, passed away April 11, 2018 at VA New Jersey Health Care System in East Orange.
Born in Englewood, NJ on March 21, 1958, Al was raised in the Outcalt section of Monroe Township and lived in Berlin, Germany; the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Clarksville and Nashville, Tennessee; and South River, N.J. before settling in Toms River 27 years ago.
Al studied graphic arts at Burr D. Coe Vocational and Technical High School in East Brunswick, NJ before joining the U.S. Army. During his service, Al served as an Infantryman, Radio Operator and Drill Sergeant prior to specializing as an Army Illustrator and Photo Journalist.
He was a duty-bound member of the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles,” with his last deployment as part of the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping mission in the Sinai. Al was honorably discharged in 1986, after suffering PTSD from the loss of 248 members of his battalion in the tragic Dec. 12, 1985 crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285. The DC-8 was carrying his comrades from Cairo, Egypt, to their home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, via Cologne, West Germany, and Gander, Canada. The plane had refueled in Gander and crashed shortly after takeoff.
He continued in his civilian career as a publicist, photojournalist, and newspaper editor and also as manager of The Fast Lane music venue in Asbury Park, before pursuing his passion as a music journalist. Al wrote a weekly column of music reviews called “Mr. Musichead” for The Ocean County Review in Seaside Heights, NJ. The column was later published in the now defunct Music Paper and his concert reviews regularly appeared in Musicians’ Exchange, The Aquarian Weekly and East Coast Rocker. He received several Asbury Music Awards, recognizing him as “Top Journalist in Support of Live Music” and “Living Legend,” the honor of which he was most proud.
He retired in 2010 to devote time to his garden, birdwatching, birdhouse tree and his beloved rescue dogs, Dixie, Zeke, Banjo and Scooter.
He was predeceased by his mother Joan Cecelia Bera Williams. He is survived by his significant other of 27 years, Camille Rehberger Thomas; step-father John Williams of Browns Mills, NJ; brother Kurt Muzer, wife Donna of Roosevelt, NJ and their sons Christopher and Aaron; sister Peggy Vingara, husband Rick of Spotswood, NJ and their daughter Gina; sister Joan Muzer Bartalis Bonnain of St. Petersburg, Florida and children Maria, Laura, David, Liana and Vincent; brother-in-law Steve and wife Bernadette Rehberger of Jackson; brother-in-law Chuck and wife Kathy Rehberger of South River. He especially enjoyed being a bad influence on his nephew Charles.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home. A Committal service will follow at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Associated Humane Societies and Popcorn Park Zoo or Jersey Shore Animal Center in Al’s name.
- Visitation Sunday, April 15, 2018
- Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018
- Committal Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Alfred F. MUZER Jr.
April 17, 2018
Camille, I remember when I first met Al, you introduced me to him at Joey Harrisons surf club. Was a nice day at the beach. And the times you both had together was most precious. Later on in my life Al was a prominent component of the yearly christmas shows and loved by everyone. Know that you both are in my thoughts and prayers every day. You are very special people, I hope you know that.
Yours, Mike Moe
April 16, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time... I had the pleasure of meeting Al only once, but you seemed to be a perfect match! Hold onto all of your beautiful memories, for they can never leave your heart.
April 15, 2018
As a widow of the Gander crash I was very honoured to meet this gentleman at the 30th anniversary ceremony. He was very kind and considerate. My heart to his friends and family!
April 13, 2018
I lost touch with “Little Al” (he hated being called that!) when my family moved away from N.J. and then Al joined the military. But I have always carried fond memories of the times we spent together as kids. Swimming in the creek near his house when we would visit in the summer, chasing the dog away from the ducks, being chased by snakes. Great times for boys. He didn’t have an easy childhood, his dad seemed to pick on him relentlessly. Still, he always managed to have a great sense of humor about almost everything. He was quiet and thoughtful at times and wild and crazy at others but always thinking. He always enjoyed wild music and the scarier the movie, the better. I remember sneaking him into the theater to see “The Exorcist”. He was also a talented sketch artist. He loved drawing cars, the Thrush woodpecker logo, “Rat Fink” and most any other hot rod art.
I’m so thankful that Camille was a part of his life. Al was such a thoughtful and caring person and it’s about time that he found someone who cared so much for him too. He deserved that.
He’s gone way too soon. Hopefully, we’ll meet again and go swimming!
April 12, 2018
Al is my Cousin and was just 9 months younger than me, so whenever our families got together, which was fairly often, Al, my Brother Carl, and I always hung out with each other. We were the 3 oldest of all the Cousins. I have more fond memories than this page will allow. Memories I will cherish forever. He always had a vivid imagination, sense of humor, and a love for music. Based on all the wonderful posts on Facebook, these qualities carried with him throughout his life.
We lost touch for many years and only reunited a few years ago and I thank God that we did. I miss you already Al. I pray you are at peace.
My Love to you always - Sis