He was born July 25, 1945 in Point Pleasant and was a graduate of Toms River High School, class of 1964, Ocean County College and Northwestern University Traffic School.
Tom Dugan served in Vietnam as a sergeant with the 173rd Airborne Division and was awarded the National Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.
Tom began his career with the Dover Township Police Department in 1968. He was promoted to detective in 1976 and to sergeant in 1977. Sgt. Dugan retired in 1994 after 26 years of outstanding service. Sgt. Dugan’s two sons followed in his footsteps and are currently Toms River police officers.
His life will be celebrated by those family members he left behind, including his wife, Nancy Dugan; his oldest son and daughter-in-law, T.J. and Sarah Dugan; his daughter and son-in-law, Robyn and Paul Guichard; his youngest son, Brian Dugan; his parents, Tom and Grace Dugan; his sisters and brothers-in-law; Patricia and Lowell Gutridge and Kathy and Harry Cafiero; and by his beloved granddaughter, Samantha Dugan. Tom has another grandchild on the way.
Tom Dugan was a loving and supportive husband. He was an outstanding father. His newest role, as “Grandpa Friday,” was his most enjoyable. He served well as both brother and son. His living example touched the lives of all who knew him and his presence will live on in the minds of friends and family forever.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 509 Hooper Ave. Toms River. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the American Heart Association, 2550 Route 1, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 or www.americanheart.org.