Tommy Di Pasquale Jr. was always the life of the party.
Whenever his family held a party in their Northfield home, he loved leading the karaoke, performing Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and even a little James Brown - complete with a cape, said his family and friends.
"He just always liked having a good time," said his wife of 11 years, Cindy Di Pasquale.
The 57-year-old construction supervisor and former casino supervisor died Wednesday following a crash on his motorcycle the day before on Longport Boulevard, in the area of the Seaview Harbor Marina in Egg Harbor Township.
The accident occurred at 11:22 a.m. Di Pasquale was traveling east on the road and had to brake sharply when a driver in front of him, Anna Cohen, 72, of Margate, slowed down due to construction on the JFK Bridge, police said.
Bruce Goldberg, 66, of Longport, was traveling behind Cohen and swerved onto the shoulder to avoid her car, police said. Di Pasquale was behind Goldberg on a 2007 Honda motorcycle and he braked sharply and lost control, police said. The motorcycle slid and Di Pasquale struck Cohen's vehicle, police said.
Cindy Di Pasquale said her husband began riding motorcycles about six years ago and was always a very cautious driver.
"He loved going on back roads with the wind in his hair," she said.
Di Pasquale grew up in Rio Grande and graduated from Middle Township High School where he played golf and basketball. His family said the member of St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish loved cooking, Italian pastries and was a huge animal lover. He had a bull terrier for years named Frankie - which he named after Sinatra - and the family said they are asking people to make donations to Bullies Without Borders in his memory.
Di Pasquale is survived by Cindy, his daughter, Mia, and his stepson, Mike Katz.
"He was one of the most genuine people you will ever meet in your life," said his brother-in-law Joe Carchidi. "He was a complete person."
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