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Edward Thomas "Tom" Van Loan

September 16, 1948 — January 21, 2024

Jensen Beach

Edward Thomas "Tom" Van Loan

Edward Thomas Van Loan (Tom), born premature on September 16, 1948, unexpectedly passed away on January 21, 2024, surrounded by his family.  Tom, a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend of Bill, leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, memories and stories.

Originally from Long Island, Tom started his police career in New York City as a cadet. He joined the Nassau County Police department in 1971, earned the rank of sergeant and served in almost every precinct and command until he retired from the Employee Assistance Bureau, completing 33 years of service.  After retiring, he earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree and provided counseling to many up until his death.

Arlene and Tom were married 50 years and spent their life enjoying day to day adventures, worldwide traveling, socializing and being with their two daughters Loren and Katie, son in law Michaelangelo, their two grandsons Nico and Matteo, cousins, nieces, nephews and man’s best friend; Jack.

Beyond his career, Tom took up woodworking; hand-crafted a kayak, a sailboat, an array of  bowls, spoons, bottle stoppers, coasters, and cutting boards, and when he wasn’t carving at home, or at one of his two woodworking clubs he was whipping up his homemade ice cream for the next party. He also had a passion for nature; liked to go kayaking, biking and skiing and enjoyed volunteering at the Oceanographic Center. Tom was known for taking his time but always was quick with a joke, a story or  provided comic relief at just the right moment. He owned his fashion taste and love of Hawaiian shirts, and had a way of being with others that assured you that he was truly listening. Tom was a gentle soul. He could be quiet and reflective but never turned down a party, a meal, a chance to travel, a night out for dancing or a chance to recount a funny story.  Tom was always there for his family.  

In remembrance of Tom’s wishes for “a final celebration”, memorial services will be held in Nettles Island, FL, as well as in the New York/New Jersey area at a later date.  These gatherings will provide an opportunity for friends and family to come together, share stories, laugh, and find comfort in each other’s company. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting 

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in loving memory of Tom can be made to

Make the chili and grab your fork.  “Requiescat in pace aeterna.”


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