Thomas Oves, who served on the Ocean City Board of Education for eight years, including four years as its vice president, died on Sunday, Oct. 22 at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. He was 54.

Born in Somers Point, he was a lifetime Ocean City resident.

He worked as a teacher in Wildwood and Atlantic City, beginning his education career at Wildwood High School, where he coached freshman basketball, then went on to Atlantic City Middle School and High School. He also worked with his parents and brothers in the family business, Oves Restaurant.

Along with his service to the school board, he was a member of the Republican Club, St. Damien’s Parish and the Kappa Alpha Order. He founded and administered the Ocean City Junior Wrestling program and served as vice president for the OC Wrestling Boosters.

He is survived by his wife Mary; three sons, John, Dustin and Tommy; his parents and three brothers.

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