Thomas Bulwith, proud and beloved father and grandfather, and esteemed teacher and coach entered into eternal rest at home on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
Born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, Thomas’s parents taught him at an early age the significance of a strong work ethic and high standards. His determination to achieve supreme goals in life earned him a full scholarship to Clemson University in South Carolina followed by receiving his Master’s Degree in Education.
In the early 1970’s Thomas began a rewarding 31-year career with the Jersey City Board of Education. His passion for teaching made him a natural fit at Dickinson High School where he focused on providing educational opportunities for his students, particularly giving special attention to the disadvantaged and the inner city youth and the challenges they were faced with. Thomas believed that everyone regardless of their background should have equal access to quality education.
As Thomas grew professionally in his career, he was appointed “Dean of Discipline” at Dickinson High School. He was a problem solver and mentor and created a student-focused environment built on communication, guidance, and support. He devoted a large portion of his life to helping others to believe in themselves while instilling the virtues of kindness, compassion, and humility. He was an insightful listener and a firm believer that an individual's commitment and effort were critical to a person's success. Those core beliefs were seen in every aspect of his life.
Although Thomas was one to shun the spotlight, he could not escape the recognition received when he was presented with the “Award of Excellence” for his more than three decades of leadership, example, and commitment as head coach to countless high school football, baseball, and girl’s softball teams throughout the Hudson County area.
From taking cross-country road trips to reading a good book in his quiet time, the simplest pleasures in life brought Thomas immense joy. He appreciated the beauty of nature and the great outdoors with fishing being his number one hobby. A diehard "Giants" fan, he showed his team spirit while enthusiastically rooting for them during a game.
Thomas will long be remembered as a man who exemplified great faith and loyalty to his family and friends. Those who were influenced by Thomas have found bright and positive futures with many becoming distinguished scholars. The world is a better place because of him, and his legacy will live on through his proud and loving family and the countless lives he enriched through his leadership and wisdom. His contributions and remarkable legacy will no doubt carry on to the next generation.
Thomas was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Laura (Klick) Bulwith, and his brother, Joseph. Left to cherish his memory are his two sons, Eric Bulwith and wife Vanessa, Kurt Bulwith, his adored grandson, Thomas Joseph (TJ), his brother, Ronald, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation hours at the Dworzanski & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 28, from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a Catholic prayer service at 7:00 p.m., officiated by Fr. Lukasz Kleczka, of St. John Paul II Parish. Entombment will be held on Wednesday, September 29, at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum in North Arlington, NJ.
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