Thomas Jefferson Kitzler
July 4, 1923 – June 28, 2019
Thomas J. Kitzler, 95, of Whiting and formerly of the Elizabeth and Union, NJ areas, passed away on Friday, June 28 at Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center Brick.
He was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ and was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1941. He enlisted in the US Navy Pilot V5 Training Program and served honorably during World War II. After the war he took several college extension courses and that combined with his navy training led to his employment as a Power Engineer at Bayway Refineries in Linden first with Esso and then other chemical plants in Union, Essex and Somerset Counties.
Thomas was a lifelong communicant of the Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth and then of St Elizabeth’s Church following the fire at the Christ Church in 1988. He served on the altar from the age of 8 until relocating to the Pines at Whiting in 1999. He was a Vestryman for 5 years as well. Thomas was a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator WB2UUK and a member of the Tri County Radio Association and the American Radio Relay League. He was always active in the Boy Scouts of America, having served as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 26, Christ Episcopal Church, Elizabeth and as an adult Chairman of the Troop Committee in Troop 10 of Christ Church and later as Scoutmaster. He was a Member of the American Legion, Post 35 in Union, a member of the National Association of Power Engineers, and a tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of America.
Committal is private and under the direction of the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home. Whiting. To leave a tribute in Thomas’ name please visit www.andersoncampbellwhiting.com