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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Memorial for Thom Lowe set for Tuesday

A memorial service is set for retired Plainfield
firefighter Thom Lowe.
A memorial service for former Plainfield firefighter Thomas (Thom) J. Lowe, II, is set for Tuesday, April 2. Thom passed away March 14 at CareOne in Edison.

A lifelong Plainfield resident and 1956 graduate of Plainfield High School, Thom was well known to the community for his many talents and interests, including interests in music and as a vocalist, model railroading, and photography.

As part of his 25-year career with the Plainfield Fire Division, Thom took countless photographs of city activities and events. While part of his collection is in the Local History Collection of the Plainfield Public Library, the bulk of his photographic work is kept at the Fire Division Headquarters at West 4th Street and Central Avenue.

Family and friends will gather for a memorial service on Tuesday, April 2, at 11:00 AM, at Brown 's Funeral Home, 122 Plainfield Avenue (just off West Front Street), Plainfield.

This additional information came in from James Grundy of the Plainfield Vulcan Pioneers --

Not only was Lt. Thomas J. Lowe a 25 year member of the Plainfield Fire Division, he was the 1st President of the minority fraternal organization, which he named and co-founded along with members the New Brunswick Fire Department, COFFEE, Inc., ( Community Oriented Fire Fighters for Eminent Equality), which is now Plainfield Vulcan Pioneers of Union Co., NJ Inc., PVPUC, Inc.
Thank you.
Keeping the fire burning for justice,
James L. Grundy, Jr.
Corresponding Secretary
P.V.P.U.C., Inc.

This classic view of Plainfield's historic Fire HQ
was taken by Thom Lowe in 1972. (Image courtesy Plainfield Public Library.)

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Michael Townley said...

I had the pleasure of working with Thom in the Fire Division when we both were in the Bureau of Fire Prevention. I learned much from him, including some photography, but more importantly, how to communicate our fire safety message effectively to people of all ages. He was a gentleman, first and foremost. treating everyone with the utmost respect. I am truly saddened at his loss.