Thomas J. Kotter, of North Brunswick passed away on Thursday, June 30th at the Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro. He was 91.
Born and raised in New Brunswick, he has lived in North Brunswick for over 60 years.
He worked as line man then later a foreman at Union Carbide in Bound Brook. He also worked as a mechanic at Laffin Chevrolet in South River then as a self-employed painter before his retirement.
Tom was a proud US Veteran, serving in the US Army before his Honorable Discharge in 1959.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Republican National Committee. Tom enjoyed wood working; building bird houses plaques, crosses, toys, ships, airplanes and countless other items for his friends and loved ones. He also enjoyed fishing, working outdoors and was very proud of his vegetable and flower gardens.
He was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of over 50 years, Florence in 2005; mother, Esther Kotter; father, Thomas Kotter; brother, Frederick in September 2021; and infant son, Thomas in 1956.
Surviving are his children and their spouses, Fran & Larry Parillo of Brick, Esther & Frank Vitelli of North Brunswick, Tom & Anita Kotter of Pittstown, and Sandra & John Strickik of Millstone Township; sister, Joan Karnowski of Manchester; 8 grandchildren, Michel, Larry Jr. (Danielle), Jessica (Michael-John), Frank (Jackie), Lia (Chase) Michael (Marcos), Felicia and Alessondra; and 14 great-grandchildren, Mia, Timothy, Dominick, Lawrence Thomas “LT”, Luke, Josslyn, Elodie, Nathaniel, Cecelia, Gia, Noel, Laila, Maximus and Flynn.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 6th from 4 to 8 PM at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 7th at 9 AM at the funeral home, followed by a 10 AM Mass at St. Mary of Mt. Virgin Church, New Brunswick. Entombment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway.
Donations in his loving memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.