Thomas Howard Dyrsten, Sr., age 76, of Fair Lawn, NJ passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Born in Brooklyn, NY where he was raised until the age of eight, he resided in Paramus, NJ for many years.
Tom was a graduate of Paramus High School where he excelled in baseball. Upon marrying, he and Nancy moved to Oakland where they raised their family and resided until moving to Fair Lawn in 2012. An active member of his community, he was a baseball and softball coach with the Oakland recreation program as well as a scout counselor with Boy Scout Troop 369 of Oakland.
A memorabilia collector, particularly of sports, he was a loyal NY Mets and NY Jets fan. Tom enjoyed the jersey shore and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
Prior to retiring, he was a creative perfumer for over 40 years. His long spanning career began with Dragoco, Inc. (Symrise) in Totowa and continued with several area perfume houses.
Beloved husband of Nancy (Mason) Dyrsten. Loving and devoted father of Thomas Dyrsten, Jr. and wife Louise, Jennifer Nafie and husband David, Julie Hery and husband Lou and Gregory Dyrsten. Cherished grandfather of Caroline, Lily, Tommy and Charlie Dyrsten, Samantha, Todd and Jillian Nafie and Louie and Will Hery. Dear brother of Gerald Dyrsten and wife Roberta and Stephanie Kammerer and husband Richard. Loving son of the late Sophia (Damek) and Howard Dyrsten. He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Henry Randolph Hensel (1963)
Tommy was a few years older than me but took time to show me how to play handball on the rear wall of Farview School back in the early 50's. Its just a memory that stuck with me.
Joe Muklevicz (1961)
Tommy was one of the nicest and funniest guys in our class, He was also a heck of a pitcher.He loved to throw his forkball at least once during a game.. I can remenmber Coach Bob Kingsley telling Tommy" under no circumstances are you to throw a forkball"! Walking to the mound Tommy had a grin on his face and we all knew there would be a forkball forthcoming. Sure enough he'd throw it and Coach Kingsley would lose it!
I spoke to Tommy about 2 years ago and we reminisced about the the good times we had at PHS.
You will be missed.Rest in Peace Tommy.