Thomas “TJ” Jerome Close, 44, of Union Beach, passed away on Saturday, July 20th, at Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel. He was born in Long Branch and lived most of his life in Union Beach. TJ was a self-employed painter primarily in the Bayshore area. He loved motorcycles and enjoyed spending time with his family. Thomas is survived by his father and step mom; Thomas and Ubah Close of FL; his mother; Cynthia Dalton of Union Beach; his wife; Magan Close of Keansburg; two sons; Thomas Close Jr. and Trevor Close; his daughter; Tabitha Close; three brothers; Christopher Close, Sean Close and Jonathan Dalton; two sisters; Ashley Close and Jodi Brown; his grandson; Aiden Close; his longtime companion and her two sons; Bernadette Alexander and Robert and Thomas Dyson of Union Beach. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, from 2-4 & 7-9pm at the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals 233 Carr Ave. Keansburg. Cremation will be private.