Dr. Victor B. Tuma, MD died Thusday, February 8, 2024 at his home in Belmar, NJ with family by his side. He was 80 years old.
Vic was born in Orange, NJ on June14, 1943 a son to the late Catherine (Grimm) and Victor Tuma. He was raised in Springfield, NJ, moving to Philadelphia while in medical School from 1965 – 1972. He then moved with his wife Peggyann (Ferugia) and family to Edison, NJ where he lived from 1972- 2016. He summered in Belmar NJ since 2004 and became a permanent resident since 2020.
Vic graduated Jonathan Dayton Regional High School class of 1961. He graduated with a BS from Providence College in 1965 and was admitted to the prestigious Friars Club, a significant student service/ social organization. He graduated cum laude and was the first member of his family to attend college. He left Rhode Island and headed to Philadelphia to attend Jefferson Medical School, obtaining his MD in 1969. He completed his residency including chief resident in Pediatrics from St. Christopher’s Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in 1972
He began his career with his long-time partner Dr. Eleftherios Halivopoulos in 1972 and was later joined by Dr Judy Farkas in 1984 where he practiced Pediatrics for over 50 years. Never retiring, he worked in the practice Metuchen Pediatrics now part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System. During his career he served on many committees as well as the Chief of Pediatrics from 1980-81 and again from 1993-2000 at JFK Medical Center. He cared for well over 10,000 children over his career. This spanned 4 generations of patients for many of his families.
A longtime parishioner of The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in Metuchen, NJ, he was a faithful man. Victor with his wife Peggyann where extremely active with Pre-canna, Marriage Encounter, and Retrouvaille. They hosted numerous Seder dinners at the church during the Lenten season. He sang in the Choir and ran a youth group for many years in their home. They volunteered with their children at the Saint Johns Soup Kitchen in Newark, NJ.
Never one to sit still, he was often found gardening and working around the home. He very much enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren perform in athletic, dancing and performing events through the years. He had a passion for traveling the world, reading and visiting with friends and family. He is predeceased by his wife Peggyann F. Tuma (2016) and is brother James J Tuma (2017). He is survived by his four children Gary A. Tuma, MD and his wife Rita, Craig V. Tuma and his wife Eileen, Heather T. Napolitano and her husband Michael and Glenn N. Tuma and his wife Mariana. He is also survived by his brother John Tuma and his wife Rita. Pop Pop was most proud of his 7 grandchildren Olivia, Jackson, Kyleigh, Delia, Emilia, Sienna, and Sidney.
Visitation will be Monday February 12, 2024 from 4-8 PM at St. Vincent de Paul RC Church 250 Bebout Ave., Stirling, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Church. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery Ridgedale Avenue E. Hanover, NJ. Arrangements are under the direction of the Valley Memorial Funeral Home 1012 Valley Road., Gillette, NJ 07933. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ALSAC/ St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Or stjude.org/donate.