MANALAPAN, NJ -- February 1, 2016 -- Thomas D'Altrui influential harness racing pioneer in the state of New Jersey passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016. The devoted family man was 96.
Tom served the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey as director for 34 years (Man of the Year, 1983), director of Harness Horse International for 34 years (Man of the Year, 2000) and director of the United States Trotting Association for 18 years. His lifelong love of harness racing forged the creation of DI Farms in Hillsborough, N.J.
Visitation will be at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston, 145 E.
Mount Pleasant Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at St. Philomena's Church, 386 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J.
Tom was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sandra (Koster); his son, Thomas (Cheryl); stepsons, Michael (Theresa), Steven (Kirk); grandchildren, Matthew, Jessica, Matthew, Adam; five great-grandchildren, and sister, Carmela Santaniello. He was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Minnie (Danna) and their daughter, Marianne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The ARC of Somerset County, 141 S. Main St., Manville, N.J. 08835 or The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 312, Perrineville, N.J. 08535.
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