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By William E. Cleary Sr./


BROOKLAWN NJ (March 29, 2014)--Long-time Brooklawn resident and councilman

In October 2013 the Brooklawn Tree Commission honored Tom by planting a tree on Arbor Day. He is pictured with his wife, Dee

Tom MacAdams died today, Saturday. The 60-year-old MacAdams was suffering with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and other ailments. Always with a smile, Tom would go out of his way when he saw you to shake your hand and ask how you were doing. Whether you were a doctor, a lawyer or candlestick maker he treated everyone the same. MacAdams served 18 years on the governing body. No doubt he would have continued if it wasn't for the injuries he suffered in a traffic accident.  He was also one of the founders to the Brooklawn Wiffle Ball Tournament, an annual event that has rasied thousands of dollars for local charities. 

Our condolences and prayers go out to the MacAdams family. Your husband, father, son and brother is a man who made a difference in this world. His legacy will be a part of history until the end of time. 


MacAdams retired at the August 2010 council meeting. At the time Brooklawn Mayor John Soubasis said, “This is a bittersweet night when we are allowing someone to leave the governing body who has contributed so much to the community,”, as he accepted the resignation of Councilman Tom MacAdams. 

Also that month, former Camden County Freeholder Tom Gurick, of Gloucester City, wrote the following tribute to Tom. 

In Brooklawn, an era has ended. Councilman Tom MacAdams has stepped down after serving honorably for 18 years on the Borough Council.

  It is all too fitting that Tommy be recognized and applauded for his many years of selfless contributions to the people of Brooklawn and the community of South Jersey.  

With the unwavering support of his wife Dee and their three children Erin, Colin and Shane, Councilman MacAdams strove and succeeded in making Brooklawn a better place to be. Whether it be the day-to-day operation of the town, like contracts and keeping the streets clean or quality of life issues such as a new multi-purpose community gym, youth sports or the annual wiffle ball classic, Tommy has always been at the forefront to take up the cause for his neighbors.  With passion and distinction, Councilman MacAdams has made his mark…congratulations my friend, you made a difference!

Today, his long time friend Bruce Darrow wrote the following on his Facebook page regarding Tom's death. 

Best friend,father and husband anyone could ask for passed this morning. Please keep the Mac Adams family in your prayers.


Funeral services are pending. 


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