Great Inspiration

May 31, 2017

To the Editor:

Not a thought of Harvey Cedars and Long Beach Island comes to my mind without also a thought of Tom Houghton and his family. He will always be in my best memories of the Jersey Shore.

Mr. Houghton was my first real boss, and he showed me how patience can be the best management tool. He also would make sure to recognize exemplary work. I really enjoyed my years working at Houghton’s Rowboats and being a part of that iconic Harvey Cedars business.

Mr. Houghton was a kind person who always had something nice to say about people. He was fun to be around and his enthusiasm for Philadelphia sports teams was contagious.

When I first learned that his other job was that of a school teacher, I remember being jealous of his students because I wanted a teacher as nice as him.

I will always remember body surfing with him at the beach. He would make sure to point out the best waves to catch and then ride them all the way into the beach. He was a great inspiration.

I will miss Mr. Houghton immensely, but am thankful to have known, and learned from him.

John A. Denlinger

Flemington, N.J.


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