It is with deep regret and sadness that the Atlantic County Firefighters’ Association announced the passing of Rev. Thomas Sweeny. Tom left us suddenly during the evening of June 13, 2018, and will be deeply missed. Tom served as Chaplain to the Atlantic County Firefighters’ Association for more than 25 years as well as a Delegate for and a past-Chief of the Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company in Egg Harbor Township.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife with whom he celebrated over 50 years of marriage, Bari C. Sweeny, mother Susan (Drake) Sweeny and father, Thomas E. Sweeny III. He is survived by his sister Gail (Sweeny) Weston, daughter Cori E. Coane (Sweeny) and husband Fred, sons Thomas E. Sweeny IV, James M. Sweeny and wife Jennifer, Grandchildren: Thomas E. Sweeny V, Scott Breder, Jillian & Julia Sweeny.

Rev. Sweeny had over 59 years in the fire service with 50 of those years in the Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company, and served in various offices including that of Chief. Rev. Sweeny is a past member of the Atlantic County OEM Advisory Board. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America, member of the American Legion, the 157th Field Artillery Association, Enlisted Association of the New Jersey National Guard and the Association of the United States Army. Rev. Sweeny is a retired First Sergeant in the New Jersey Army National Guard, having served on active duty in the US Navy and the US Coast Guard prior to enlisting in the Army National Guard. He is retired from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers LU 351.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to be sent in his name to any one of the organizations he loved: The Last Salute Military Funeral Honor Guard of Galloway, Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company, or Saint Mark and All Saints Columbaria fund.

He was a good friend, a great chief, and a great mentor. He will be greatly missed.

– Fire News story by Robert A. Mellon and Dennis C. Sharpe