Thomas P.M. Couse

02/22/2011 2:47 PM |

Former Cutchogue summer resident Thomas P.M. Couse of Jackson, N.J., died Feb. 8 at home. He was 75.

Born in Neptune, N.J., to William and Elizabeth Couse, he spent a great deal of time in Cutchogue at his family’s summer home on Beachwood Lane. He “was steeped in the local traditions and events for which summers on the North Fork are known,” according to a family statement.

Mr. Couse served in the U.S. Navy, held a Bachelor of Science degree and earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from New York University. He was president of Advanced Control Components in New Jersey for 26 years before his retirement in 2008. He lived in Freehold, N.J., before moving to Jackson seven years ago.

A communicant of St. Aloysius R.C. Church in Jackson, Mr. Couse was an avid golfer, according to family.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Joanne; his son, Charles, of Richmond, Va.; his daughter, Ellen Runk of Harleysville, Pa.; his sister, Elizabeth Hardy of Interlaken, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

A service was held Feb. 19 at the George S. Hassler Funeral Home in Jackson. Interment will take place Saturday, April 30, at Cutchogue Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 11 Independence Way, Newark, DE 19713,; the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division Inc., Ocean Unit, P.O. Box 5066, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034; or the National Parks Conservation Association, P.O. Box 97202, Washington, DC 20077-7435.