Thomas Edward Hlavacek
December 5, 1963 - February 13, 2024

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Thomas E. Hlavacek, our cherished husband, father, brother, son, son in-law, grandfather, and friend. Tommy, as he was affectionately known, departed from us after a courageous battle with illness on February 13, 2024 at the age of 60 in a hospice facility.

Tommy was born on December 5, 1963, in Suffern, NY, to Thomas G. Hlavacek and Diane M. Checke. He graduated from Sussex County Vocational Technical High School, class of 1982. Throughout his career as a power dispatcher for NJ Transit, Tommy distinguished himself through his innovative approaches and collaborative spirit with his colleagues. Moreover, he generously shared his expertise in home improvement with his family and friends, always ready to lend a helping hand.

In 2001, Tommy united in marriage with the love of his life, Lisa Howard-Babcock. His devotion extended wholeheartedly to his children: Dylan, Kelsey, Kaitlyn, Kevan, Kehla, and Alex, who were the center of his world. As a grandfather to Nate, Liam, Raven, Levi, and Silas, he found profound joy in their presence.

To his siblings, Sherry (Tom) Jones, Sandy (Chuck Mancuso) Hlavacek, Scott (Michelle) Hlavacek, and Debi, Tommy was not just a brother but a pillar of support, fondly remembered as THE BIG BROTHER who was ever-present in their lives.

Tommy leaves behind a lasting legacy of love and kindness, carried forward by his beloved wife Lisa, his children, grandchildren, godchildren, nieces, nephews, and siblings. His absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Yet, his spirit and unwavering love for his family will endure, eternally residing in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.

Thomas Hlavacek will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His spirit and genuine love for his family will continue to live on in the hearts of his family, friends and all the lives he touched.

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  • Lisa Hlavacek Posted February 14, 2024 4:21 pm

    Celebration of life will be in the privacy of family and friends. Please do not send flowers. Thank you, Lisa

  • Denise Espinoza Posted February 15, 2024 9:25 am

    Lisa and family i am so sorry for your loss my deepest heartfelt condolences.

  • Mark Beckett Posted February 15, 2024 9:58 am

    My deepest condolence and prayers for you Scott and the family. Comfort is in His hand and the love from each other. Blessings to you and the family.

  • Hector Maldonado Posted February 15, 2024 10:40 am

    Our condolences and prayers to you Scott and your family.

  • Terence Hansford Posted February 15, 2024 10:59 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family

  • Candace Behensky Posted February 17, 2024 2:02 pm

    No words are appropriate. Sending peace to your family

  • Candace Behensky Posted February 17, 2024 2:04 pm

    Sending peace to your family and loved ones🙏

  • Charles Saunier Posted March 9, 2024 9:08 pm

    I am saddened by the news I will miss Tommy 😢 💔

  • Charles Jenner Posted March 12, 2024 7:10 am

    I worked for several years with Tom at the NJT Power Supervisor office in Kearny NJ and it was a pleasure to work side by side as a coworker and a friend. On behalf of the entire office I’d like to send our deepest condolences. He will be missed. All the best to his family and friends.

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