We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Damiano Funeral Home
Thomas E. Borgia, age 57 of Long Branch, died on Thursday, June 15th, 2022 at Complete Care at Monmouth. Tom was born in Greenwich Village, NY, where he lived surrounded by his extended family before relocating to New Jersey in 1977 with his parents, Ed and Annette, and younger brother Bill. Tom attended St. Jerome’s grammar school in West Long Branch and Long Branch High School, remaining in the Long Branch area for most of his life.
Tom held several jobs throughout his life, including as a fiber-optics technician for 3M in Eatontown and a taxi driver in Long Branch. He had a passion for classic rock music and was an avid Beatles fan, amassing an impressive collection of records and memorabilia. He loved playing pinball and owned several machines throughout his life. SilverBall Arcade in Asbury Park was one of his favorite places to frequent. Tom was fortunate to have had many great friends throughout his life who supported him through his ups and downs.
Tom had a heart of gold, which many of the people around him came to love. His compassion and selflessness, in one instance, led him to raise his son with the help of his own parents so he would have a bright future. In his days at Monmouth Care Center, he touched the hearts of many of the staff there. Despite his discomfort, he always tried to be polite, and even when he lost his cool, he would apologize shortly after. Tom and his son made many beautiful memories together in the last few months of his life and they will be cherished. Tom’s son, Thomas, is very proud to call him dad.
Tom was predeceased by his mother Annette in 2017 and father Edwin in 2018. Surviving him are his son Thomas, daughter-in-law Ellie, younger brother Bill, nephews Nicholas, Jacob, and Luke, girlfriend Collene Crisi, and his many good friends.
Visitation for Tom will be held on Monday, June 20th, 2022 from 4-6 pm at Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Ave. in Long Branch. Family and friends are asked to go directly to St. Jerome’s Church, 254 Wall St., West Long Branch, on Tuesday, June 21st for a 10:30 am Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation to Mental Health America in memory of Thomas E. Borgia at https://www.mhanational.org/donate-now. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence through the Tribute/Guestbook link above.
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