Thomas W. Elliott passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2011 after a long illness. His last 2 years were spent at Victoria Mews in Boonton Township, and prior to Boonton he lived almost 50 years as a resident of the Lake Telemark section in Rockaway Township. He was 87 years of age. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.
Master Sergeant Thomas Elliott was a Marine Veteran serving in World War II & the Korean War, retiring in 1962 after more than 20 years of honorable service. He received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat and the Bronze Star with Valor and Navy Cross along with many other medals and commendations. He served in the 2nd Raider Battalion during WWII, 4th Marines, the 1st Marines in China, the 6th Marines in the Mediterranean and the 7th Marines in Korea. Among his military accomplishments include his published Essay “Reorganization for the New Concept” in the Marine Corps Gazette. After his long and distinguished career in the U.S. Marines, he joined Dunn & Bradstreet (formerly Brunhke & Silver) in Florham Park, retiring as a Vice President in 1989 after 27 yrs. Predeceased by his wife: Joan McCrea in 2007 and his brother: Charles “Gink” in 2007. Survived by a son, Joseph of Colorado Springs, CO and three daughters, Jill Daley of Mt. Hope, Joan Chovanec of Lake Telemark and Jan Cioffi of Dallas, TX, six grandchildren, one great-grandson and one on the way, three brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be held on Monday 3-5 & 7-9 PM at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday 9:30 AM from the funeral home to a 10 AM Funeral Liturgy at St. Mary’s Church, Wharton. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Marcella Union Cemetery, Rockaway Twp. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 would be appreciated.
Historian’s note: Mr. Elliott did not receive the Navy Cross for action in WWII.