Thomas James Acker


Thomas James Acker, age 90, of Narvon, PA passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021.  Born to Mary (Hessler) and Thomas Acker in Paterson, NJ and raised in Fair Lawn, NJ, he resided in Wyckoff and Mahwah, NJ, Tunkhannock, PA and Palmyra and Stuarts Draft, VA before moving to Narvon, PA a few years ago.  Mr. Acker proudly served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.   A talented and accomplished baseball player who achieved his dream to play in the Major League, Tom was a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds from 1956-1959.  He was a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and former member of the Ruritan Service Club of Stuarts Draft, VA.

Prior to retiring in 1992, he was a pari-mutuel clerk before becoming a supervisor with the NJ Sports & Exposition Authority / Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ for 16 years.

Beloved husband of Barbara (DeVos) Acker.  Loving and devoted father of Nancy Acker and Janice Crowther and husband Paul.  Dear step father of Kenneth Okken, Dwayne Okken and Glenn Okken and wife Kelly.  Cherished grandfather of Bryan Phillips and wife Susan and Matthew Phillips.  Dear step grandfather of Nicole, Andrew and Olivia Okken.  Beloved brother of the late Joan Zonsa and late husband Michael.

All services are private.  The family extends an invitation to join the services via Zoom with the following link,  

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Thomas to the Fair Lawn Police Department, 8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 would be appreciated.

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Working with Tom at the Medowlands allowed us to know a fine and honorable gentleman. God will surely welcome him.
Frank and Angela Prtrosinous to
Very Sorry for your loss Joe Andy Joanne Hessler
joe hessler
you will forever be in our hearts. We have always enjoyed our cruising adventures with you and Barbara. You will be sorely missed. We love you and always will. Until we meet again. Sleep in Peace

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