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Obituary - Foy

Thomas P. Foy

Well known and loved Democrat and former New Jersey State legislator died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday night at Union Railroad Station in Washington D.C. at the age of 53 while waiting to board his train home. He had been meeting with diplomats from the Middle East on behalf of his employer Hill International of Marlton where he was a Senior Vice President.

The Governor ordered flags to be flown at half-mast over the Statehouse in Trenton for Foy. He was an attorney who had earned a reputation as an innovative problem solver in the fields of corporate labor and public service. While serving as a labor relations expert at Hill Tom negotiated project labor agreements for major construction projects including the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York the Cross Westchester Expressway and the Phoenix Jersey City Office Tower. He served as an Assemblyman from 1984 through 1990 and State Senator from 1990 until 1992 representing the 7th Legislative District comprising parts of Burlington and Camden counties. His first elective office was as a Burlington Township Councilman and for years he served as New Jersey State Democratic Committeeman from Burlington County. Foy was general counsel to the New Jersey State AFL-CIO from 1980 to 1990 Special Counsel to the Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and served as deputy political director for the successful campaign of Governor Jim Florio.

Prior to joining Hill International Tom was a partner in the law firm of Hartman Schlesinger Schlosser & Foy where he specialized in labor law and served as solicitor for numerous municipalities and authorities. He was Of Counsel to the law firm of Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley specializing in government relations and regulatory affairs in their Trenton and D.C. offices. Tom also served as Senior Vice President of the Multicare Companies subsequently acquired by Genesis Health Ventures.

Long active in civic charitable and community affairs Tom was the former chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Home Society of New Jersey and served on the Board of Directors of the Burlington County Council of Boy Scouts. He was also active as a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and as a member of the Transportation Committee and the International Trade Committee of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. His service to numerous other charitable and civic organizations won't be forgotten.

Tom was born in Camden March 13 1951 and was a resident of Edgewater Park NJ. Tom was a graduate of Burlington Twp High School and received his political science degree magna cum laude from Duke University in 1973. He did graduate coursework at Duke until 1974. In 1977 he received his law degree from Rutgers University School of Law Camden and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar. He was admitted to the Washington DC Bar in 1978.

Tom leaves his loving wife of 26 years Jamie Mullin Foy of Edgewater Park his son J. Brian Foy and daughter Allie Foy; his brother Joseph and his wife Carol of Burlington Twp and sisters MaryAnn Rivell of Delran and Cassie Foy of Pine Hill. He is also survived by his favorite brothers and sisters-in-law Debra DeFrancesco of Howell Bob and Lori Cerminara of Moorestown and George and Melissa Pennell of Brick. He leaves behind many cousins nieces and nephews and a multitude of best friends. Tom was predeceased by his mother and father Sarah and Dennis; and brothers James and Dennis.

Calling hours at PAGE FUNERAL HOME 302 E. Union St. Burlington City will be held Tuesday Sept. 7 from 1 until 4pm with viewing hours at the Burlington Twp Municipal Complex 851 Old York Rd from 6 until 9pm. Mass will be held Wed. in St. Paul's Church E. Union St. in Burlington City at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery Burlington. For directions please call Page's (609)386-3700. Donations in Tom's memory may be made to the Children's Home Society of NJ 635 S. Clinton Ave Trenton NJ 08611 and Crossroads Programs of Burlington County 662 Main St Lumberton NJ 08048.

Published in Courier Post on Sept. 4, 2004

Ex-Burlco politico J.D. Foy dies at 70

Source: Posted: July 09, 2009

Joseph D. Foy, 70, a former mayor of Burlington Township and a well-known Burlington County political figure, died Sunday at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center/Cherry Hill, where he was being treated for heart problems.

Mr. Foy was first elected to the Township Council in 1970 and served as mayor from 1983 until 2005. He stepped down as mayor amid a joint FBI-IRS investigation into golf outings he sponsored. He subsequently pleaded guilty to income-tax evasion.

During his lengthy career in politics, Mr. Foy also served on various township boards and committees and was chairman of the county Democratic Party from 1991 to 1994. His brother, the late Thomas P. Foy, was a state senator from the county.

"My dad's pride was in everything he did for Burlington Township," his son Joseph Jr. said yesterday.

"He was a selfless person . . . bigger than life. He always had a smile on his face . . . and made people feel better about themselves," his son said.

Mr. Foy, an electrician by trade, served 35 years in the New Jersey National Guard and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

"He was hardworking and diligent," said current Mayor Stephen M. George, a former councilman who served for nearly 28 years with Mr. Foy.

"Joe was the leader in making Burlington Township the outstanding place it is to live," George said.

Mr. Foy resigned as federal authorities began to raise questions about a series of semiannual golf outings, the ECIC Mayor's Cup, that he sponsored between 1999 and 2002.

Many who attended said later that they thought the events were political fund-raisers, but the outings were never registered as such and actually were for-profit ventures.

Mr. Foy pleaded guilty to tax evasion and admitted that he had failed to pay about $19,000 in taxes on about $54,000 from the outings that had been deposited in personal bank accounts for his use.

He was sentenced to three months of house arrest and two years' probation.

In addition to his son, Mr. Foy is survived by his wife, Carol; another son, Michael; daughters Renee Holzworth and Kimberly Kelly; sisters Maryann Rivell and Cassie Foy; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Viewings will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 223 E. Union St., Burlington City. A military burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery on East Broad Street.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Step-Out Walk/Team Foy, 150 Monument Rd., Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.

Contact staff writer George Anastasia at 856-779-3846 or

Catherine M "Cass" Foy

Catherine M. 'Cass' Foy of Marlton passed away Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. She was 66.

Cass will be remembered for being a compassionate and caring person with a big heart.

She was the first female dispatcher for the Burlington Township Police Department, and later became the first woman journeyman electrician in New Jersey, working with I.B.E.W. Local 269 in Trenton. Following her career as an electrician, Cass joined the New Jersey State Police, retiring as a senior operator/supervisor.

Cass' most cherished accomplishment was being 'Memom' to her three grandchildren.

Cass was the published author of 'Time to Love' and also started a children's book with her grandson. She was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, researching her family history, and organized the Foy/Repici family reunions.

Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Sarah (Repici)Foy; her beloved son, Frank Scott 'Buddy' Wilder III; siblings, Dennis Foy, James Foy, Senator Thomas Foy, Lt. Col (Ret.)/Mayor Joseph Foy Sr., Linda Repici, Mary Foy; and nephew, Greg Shaffer.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Thea Chrupcala (Mike); grandchildren, Michael Jr., Madison, Rylee; sister, MaryAnn Rivell; Joe Repici who was like a brother to her; uncle, Nick Repici; aunt, Edith Repici, her sisters-in-law, Carol Foy, and Jamie Foy. She also is survived by her dearest nieces and nephews, John (Carol), Mark Shaffer (Delmira), Michael (Kathy), Renee (Robbie), Joseph Jr., Kimberly Foy, Chris (Amy), Dennis Rivell, Sarah Dunne (Tim), Brian, Allie Foy; many cousins and friends; and her former husband, Frank S. Wilder II.

Viewings will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, in St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church, East Union Street, Burlington. Cremation will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

Messages of sympathy may be emailed to her family via the funeral home's Web site listed below.

Page Funeral Home, Burlington

Burlington County Times - September 9, 2012

See also Burlco's First Family Of Politics

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