STAFFORD, NJ - During the time of the incredible growth of Southern Ocean County, many will remember that Zachariae Realty was the main realty company in our area. In fact, after transferring in his job from North Jersey, my dad met Aileen Kidd, the sister of William Thomas. My dad transferred to work for NJ Bell Telephone's local office here in Manahawkin from West Orange. Aileen was our realtor and was so kind to our family. She introduced us to Southern Ocean County living and she sold us our home in Ocean Acres way back in 1978, which is still in the Sharkey family to this day. .
William P. Thomas returned from World War II to make a mark in the southern Ocean County real estate industry, he died on Sunday at the age of 90.
Thomas was broker-owner of Prudential Zack Shore Properties, which recently became Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Zack Shore Realtors. The office now is overseen by his son, Kevin, and by his sister, Aileen.
Thomas graduated from Cardinal Hayes Memorial High School in New York City and attended Princeton University before he enlisted in the U.S. Army as part of the Fifth Ranger Battalion. He received five medals, including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
After the war, he started William P. Thomas Builders. He built included 500 homes, motels, a 55-unit oceanfront condominium in Ship Bottom and work on the Ocean County Courthouse. He also developed Deer Lake Park in Stafford.
The following is his obituary from the Maxwell-Tobie Funeral Home: