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Brian P. Thornton, 81, of Cranford, NJ (formerly of River Edge, NJ), entered into eternal rest on August 30, 2022.  Predeceased by his beloved wife, Susan (2018), and his brothers John, Martin, Kevin, and Brendan, he is survived by his son, Brian Jr. and his wife Kim, and grandchild, Aspen.

Brian was born in New York City to Margaret (née Cunningham) and Martin Thornton.  He was a warehouse supervisor with FMC of East Brunswick and Carteret for many years. An avid sports fan, Brian loved coaching little league baseball in River Edge and was a lifelong NY Yankees and Islanders fan.  He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, as well as brother, uncle and Godfather. His devotion and commitment to his wife, family and faith was admired by all who knew him.  Having overcome personal challenges, he was inspirational in guiding others and never failed to offer a kind word, a prayer and a helping hand.  He will be greatly missed by his family and all who had the good fortune to know him.

Arrangements for a celebration of Brian’s life are as follows:

Viewing Wednesday, September 7th, 3-7 PM at the Beaugard-McKnight Funeral Home, 869 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge. Funeral Mass Thursday, September 8th, 10 AM at St. Joseph R.C. Church, Oradell.  Interment Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brian’s memory to The Divided Sky Foundation at