We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at James Hunt Funeral Home LLC
Frederick Douglass Thorne, 90, of Neptune NJ took his eternal rest on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ. He was born in Asbury Park, NJ on February 20, 1932, to the late Arden R. Thorne and Ethel Edwards Thorne.
Frederick was educated in Neptune Township Public Schools until he transferred to Bordentown Manual Training and Industrial School for High School. He was also a proud graduate of Monmouth University.
Frederick would choose to serve his country by serving in the U.S. Airforce from 1951 to 1958. He was a proud Korean War Veteran and was the third male in his family to have served in a war following in his father’s and brother Arden’s footsteps.
He retired from the State of New Jersey as an Auditor and filled many of his days fishing with his buddy, Mr. Eddie, as he was an avid fisherman and bowler. In his younger years you could find him taking pleasure in these past times. You knew that whether you were bowling with him or out on the jetties he was going to correct your technique because he would have it no other way.
Fred loved his family, and they knew it. He was proud to be the father of Frederick D. Thorne, Jr. (deceased) and Elise Brown both from his first marriage to Hazel Jones. That love would extend to his stepchildren, Joseph Wesley, Andrea Joseph, and Dirk Wesley (deceased) with his second wife, Audrey Pierce. Out of this union they would have his youngest daughter, Traci. There was by no means an absence of love in his heart for each one of them.
In June 2001 Fred married his love, Blanche Johnson Thorne. He would open his heart to another daughter, Caroline Jones. Blanche and Fred loved to spend time together enjoying family, vacations, walks together, and sitting on the front porch as they waved to the neighbors passing by. They were married for 20 years and his love for her was evident.
Fred could also be found spending time with brother, Arden. They were inseparable and found great joy in not just their brotherhood but in their friendship. It didn’t matter if it was going to get a haircut or having their nightly dinner together as long as they were together, he was happy. The time and love shared between the two was like no other. They were the example of “my brother’s keeper.”
Fred was predeceased by his parents, Arden and Ethel Thorne, sister, Iola Smith, brothers, Elmwood Edwards and Arden Thorne, and sons, Frederick D. Thorne, Jr., and Dirk Wesley. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Blanche Thorne, daughters, Elise Brown (Donald) of Maryland, Traci Akins (Lyddale) of Neptune, NJ, stepchildren, Joseph Wesley (Sonia) of Maryland, Andrea Joseph (Brian) of Neptune, NJ, and Caroline Jones of Virginia, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and host of loved ones and friends.