Thomas C. Opalack died September 19 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. Tom was raised in Clark, before moving to Bridgewater in the 1970's. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Geology and later attained a MA in Education from Seton Hall University.
A twenty five year police veteran, Tom retired from the Bridgewater Township Police Department as a Sergeant in 1999. There he headed the Traffic Safety Unit and was a member of the Heavy Rescue Team, the Dive Team, the Somerset County Swat and HAZMAT Teams, was a Motorcycle Officer and was the Department's Chemical Munitions Officer. He also served as the Township's Office of Emergency Management Coordinator. Tom was an instructor at the Somerset County Police Academy and the County Emergency Services Training Academy, where he taught Chemical Munitions and Search & Rescue. A private pilot, Tom attained the rank of Major in the Civil Air Patrol. Mr. Opalack was predeceased by his father, Frank P. Opalack.
Surviving are his mother, Helen B. Opalack, his daughters Margaret (Meg) Opalack and Kelsey Opalack and his brother, Paul Opalack.
Tom was a rugged outdoorsman and will be remembered by his family and friends as a brilliant and loving man, though he would insist he was "Just a Regular Guy".
Visiting hours are from 6-9pm on Monday, September 22, and 10am on Tuesday, September 23, concluding with a Funeral Service on Tuesday at 11am at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville. with final prayers said at the Somerset Hills Memorial Park Chapel. Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Tom's memory to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)www.nationalcops.org.