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Tommy Reutter Funeral Arrangements

Visitation for Tommy will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 23 at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 24 at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company or Toms Kids- The Reutter Foundation for Learning. To view Tom’s obituary or to share in his life story and leave thoughts and memories for his family, you may visit

Tommy Reutter Photos Part 1

73 years of dedicated service to the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company and nearly three decades of public service as a borough councilman.  I hope these images and photos from a combination of collections (Dr. Anthony E. & Mary Ellen Vaz Collection and The Terry Groffie Collection) help all of you remember Tommy and his family during this sad time.  You can enlarge the images with your mouse.


Tommy Reutter Photos Part 2

Part 2…You can enlarge the images with your mouse.




Passing of Thomas Reutter

Received the very sad news that Tommy Reutter passed away. To repeat how I described Tommy in the Acknowledgments section of my book, “Tommy is the definition of gentleman.” I am comforted by an image that comes to mind of Tommy’s wife Dorothy meeting Tommy at Heaven’s Gate and standing behind her are Terry, Leonard, Jerry, Tony, John, Jack, Dell, and all of our deceased Brother Firemen from the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company.

Goodnight Friend. Rest in peace.


Dell Hopson Chief of Fire Company

I’m going to be adding many Christmas and New Year’s advertisements and greetings from the 1940s to 1950s. While organizing those microfilm clips I came across this December 17, 1943, Ocean County Review news article mentioning that Dell Hopson was reelected chief of the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Company. Other people mentioned in the article whose names are familiar to many of us include Thomas Reutter (elected as foreman) – “Tommy” is still a member of the fire company and regularly attends meetings and fire calls even to this day – Paul K. Hershey (deceased father of present Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey), Henry “Tex” Gilmore (deceased father of Borough Attorney George Gilmore), and Charles Kessler. The annual fire company election is more than a bylaw requirement – it is one of the great traditions that have been passed down from one generation of firefighters to another. Congratulations to James Samarelli on your election to Fire Chief (2011) and my father, Tony Vaz, on your reelection to Company President (2011). And a big thank you to all of the firefighters and members who served as officers in 2010! As always, use your mouse to expand the photo.