ASBURY PARK - Shore Athletic Club members, located far and wide, over the nation and beyond, mourn the sudden passing of teammate Thomas "Tom" Bazley.
Along with younger brother Bob, Tom was a charter member of the "new" Shore Athletic Club, and one of the first to sign up for the club, when it was reborn in the name of the "old" Shore AC that had been one of the nation's most prominent clubs, at the historic, founding meeting of the club at the Asbury Park YMCA IN 1964.
Tom, just as brother Bob, was a brilliant distance runner in track and cross country at Long Branch High School. He went on to an outstanding career at Rutgers University and went on to serve two years on the Rutgers coaching staff under Coach Les Wallack. He went on to earn Masters and Doctorate degrees and served our nation so well in the field of postal security.
Tom....you were the best and did so much...you lived life to the fullest and saw the world...You ran with the best and your memory will be with us forever...We fondly remember all those wonderful Long Branch beachfront 4-mile runs "for the whales" in the event created by the Bazley family. We saluted your memory at the start of the Asbury Park Polar Bear 5k on the boardwalk....You were truly with us in soul and spirit...
A moment of silence was observed before the start of the Polar Bear 5K. Wonderful memories flooded many of our hearts.
At this time, we also remembered many of our other dear friends, teammates and colleagues from our favorite sport. A short roll call of names was read. They'd all shared starting lines with us in past years. Or made the sport what it is today.
Stafford Thompson. Coach Kevin Attridge. Coach John Ward. Ralph Aquino. Larry Friedman. Bob Mimm, Don Johnson. Harry Drazin. Art Glass. John Leonard. Dr. George Sheehan. Dr. Prescott "Pete" Evarts. Dr. Daniel Marzano, Bernard Laufgas. Sanford "Sandy" Kalb. Alan Wood. Bob Falciola. Jeff Davis. James "Jim" Robbins, Jack Lucey, Tom Baum, Coach Mike Brady, Coach Les Wallack, Dr. Norb Sander. Frank Budd. Mike Peniston. Ken Feacher. Rodney Craig. Bergen King. Coach Hank Nonnenberg. Matthew Stuper. Coach Nick Merli. John Morton. Joe and Mary Goodspeed. Coach Jack Rafter. Coach Bud Siegmund, Larry James. Andy Stanfield. Mal Whitfield. Horace Ashenfelter. Coach Bill Bruno. Frank Litsky.
"And from distant lands, Dr. Roger Bannister, Bill Baillie, Dick Quax, Grete Waitz."
And many, many more,
"Au revoir, dear souls."
--- ELLIOTT DENMAN.