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Visitation

Riewerts Memorial Home
Thursday May 27th, 2021
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Visitation

Riewerts Memorial Home
Friday May 28th, 2021
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Funeral Mass

St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church
Saturday May 29th, 2021
10:00am

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Interment

Mt Carmel Cemetery
Saturday May 29th, 2021
11:30am

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Thomas J. Lee, Jr.

Thomas Joseph Lee, Jr of Bergenfield, NJ (fondly known as T.J.and Poppy by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren) passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the age of 87 at home surrounded by his family. He was one of 20 brothers and sisters from an Irish Catholic Family who all said he was a terrible violin player. TJ immigrated from St John's Newfoundland, Canada and he played hockey for the Ranger's farm club (Cyclones). He enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and was assigned to the military police. He was a Bergenfield Police Officer and rose to the rank of Detective, retiring in 1993 after 31 years of service. Retired Bergenfield Police Chief, Richard Baroch, fondly referred to TJ as a "Prankster" but always a loyal, devoted Police Officer. Furthermore, the Chief stated that TJ was instrumental in starting The Crime Stoppers Program in Bergenfield. He was the president of the PBA Local 83, which later became Local 309. He was elected President a total of 3 separate terms. He was President of the Bergenfield PAL and was a fixture at the PAL complex (Pony Field) for many years. He was able to acquire the first set of field lights for the PAL Pony Field from the Polo Grounds in NY. He was also the driving force that created the PAL complex, which went from 1 playing field to 4 playing fields. He managed the 1976 Bergenfield Pony League Baseball State Champs. His second home was St John's Church where he ran the Bingo program for over 40 years. He could always be found in St John's Conlon Hall cooking for the Christmas Bazaar, CYO Spaghetti Dinner (every Palm Sunday), Holy Name Society meetings, Local PBA meetings, and many of other fund raising functions. He was a tireless volunteer every year at St John's Carnival running the money wheel. He was also the Honorary Grand Marshall in the 2010 Bergenfield St Patrick's Day Parade. He Refereed Bergenfield Junior Football and Umpired Men's Sunday Softball League. He was a member of the Board of Directors of "The Way," a group of volunteers founded by Ray Callahan that transported residents to the doctor. TJ was also known to volunteer for the Mount Carmel Guild, who assisted in educating Handicapped and Down Syndrome Children. TJ would give you the shirt off his back whether he knew you or not. He was a member of the Bergenfield Elks and Knights of Columbus. People could always find him at Tommy Fox's Public House sharing a meal and a drink with family and friends, always joking around, making people laugh and singing his favorite Irish/Newfoundland songs. His favorite way to end a conversation was to say "God Love Ya" He could also be found at his favorite breakfast spots, "Dan's Deli" and "What's Cooking" Ti also enjoyed many Friday nights at the Meadowlands Racetrack with his betting partner, his wife Sally who he fondly called "Do-Do" Lastly, one of his greatest pleasures in life was to spend time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Devoted husband of Sally D. Lee (deceased February 28, 2007). Devoted father of Margaret A. (Meg) Casper, Thomas J (TJ) Lee, III (and his wife Peggy), and the late Sally D Lee. Loving grandfather of Sally Lee (Dan), John D, III, and Thomas E Casper (Jessica) and Brieanne (Zach) and Jessica (Doug). Loving great-grandfather of Trent, Megan, Danny, Sloane, Kiera, and Brian. Visiting at Riewerts Memorial Home 187 S Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ on Thursday and Friday from 4-8 PM. All will meet at the funeral home of Saturday at 8:30 AM for the  Funeral Liturgy at St John the Evangelist R C Church, Bergenfield, NJ at 10 AM. Interment to follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Tenafly, NJ. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, 29 N. Washington Ave., Bergenfield, NJ 07621 or to the Bergenfield PAL, PO Box 5063, Bergenfield, NJ 07621.

"I'll see you when I'm looking at you", says TJ

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Guestbook

This comes late because my family is far from Bergenfield now news just reached of Mr.Lee passing. He was a wonderful brave person when his daughter passed away (we were children together) it always made me feel a twinge like to hug Mr. Lee because she was not here to do it anymore. He still was a helper to all of us in Bergenfield especially at St.John church. Hopefully he is with his daughter again now.

Joan Gargiulo MacHill Jul 25 2021 12:00 AM

T.J. was a wonderful man. Rest in peace.

George Prevete

George Prevete May 30 2021 12:00 AM

Please accept out sincere sympathy for the passing of TJ. Rich and I plus the rest of Richs family have been blessed to have known TJ for many years. We ask Gods blessings forTJ and for his family. I am sure God carried TJ in His arms on the journey to Heaven. Much love has been felt for all that knew TJ.

Rich and Judy Libonati May 30 2021 12:00 AM

I Met TJ in 1975 when I first became active in Saint Johns. My first impression of TJ was that he was harsh and standoffish. Not the kind of person that you could get close to or be friendly with. How very, very wrong could I have been. No matter where I went, there was TJ. He and his beloved wife, Sally, ran bingo twice a week to help raise funds for the school and church. He spent hours and days preparing food for church socials, dances, school events, church bazaars and Lord only knows what other occasions. He responded to every request from Both Monsignors Donovan and Arnhols. He supported all the activities for the youth groups, including scouts and PAL. And of course, there was always Sister Trinity who often relied on TJ to accomplish some task for her and her sisters. It didnt take long before I found myself admiring and looking up to TJ. He was an inspiration and roll model for anyone inclined to serve in the community. Over the years I had the honor of working with him on parish council initiatives, church bazaars and Saint Johns Carnival. Just to be around him would put a smile on your face and make you feel good. I enjoyed his company and had a great deal of respect for him. I was blessed to have him as a friend and I can proudly say I love him. I will miss him terribly but know that now he is with his two Sallys. I cant help but wonder if he was called from us because Sister Trinity is looking for him.

Joseph Verga May 29 2021 12:00 AM

My heartfelt sympathy to the family. I knew TJ growing up in Bergenfield from the time I was a young girl. TJ was such a wonderful and giving person and always smiling. I spent so many wonderful times with him at the Rec and Bingo. My fondest memory will always be the greatest gift he gave me - introducing me to my second family the Matthews and Mastriacos at Bingo one might. After 45 years we are still "family" and I will be forever grateful to you for that TJ. You will be missed by so many. You were truly loved by anyone who crossed your path. God Bless. Pray for all of us. Hugs.

Janice Nadler Chalovich May 29 2021 12:00 AM

I have the fondest memories of TJ at Saint Johns Bingo in Bergenfield & their annual carnivals. He had an amazing family, was a wonderful guy, had a terrific personality, was great company, and someone I was blessed to know. R.I.P. TJ you will be missed in more ways than you will ever know!

Geraldine Kearns May 28 2021 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to TJ's family. He was truly a staple in Bergenfield. His dedication to everything he was involved with and to the people in town will always be treasured. He personally assisted me with an issue a long time ago and I am forever grateful. Had lots of laughs at many a Bingo night too. RiP TJ. Continue to watch over your family and the town you so proudly honored.

Mariann Montesano Goodell May 27 2021 12:00 AM

Condolences to the family of TJ. I had the pleasure to get to know TJ while working in Tommy foxs in Bergenfield, when I moved to america from Ireland back in 2008, Tj was definitely one of my favourite people to see coming in the door. My own family that visited me also fell in love with the guy, he will be sadly missed. GOD LOVE YA

Gavin malone (Ireland ) May 27 2021 12:00 AM

TJ was the heart and soul of Bergenfield. The youth of Bergenfield was so fortunate to have TJ in our lives .The PAL would not have existed without TJ Lee
God Bless you TJ

William Mcgovern May 27 2021 12:00 AM

You will forever be in my heart. I have so many memories growing up and our families being together. The thing you always said to me even our last meeting was how your wife would always say I was her favorite. You were the definition of volunteerism. I will never forget how you were there for me and my family when my dad had his stroke. Gone but never forgotten

Carolyn OLeary Schmelz May 27 2021 12:00 AM

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