A native of Englishtown, Ted was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the United States Army in September of 1940, rising to the rank of Captain as he served in the European Theater of Operations with courage and distinction. Ted was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
Upon returning to his beloved Monmouth County, Ted served on the Englishtown Board of Education for seven years before being elected mayor of the Western Monmouth community. He was mayor of Englishtown for 12 years. For nine of those years he also served on the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional District Board of Education.
He was chief of the Englishtown Fire Department, commissioner of the New Jersey Boat Regulation Commission, member and vice commander of the County American Legion, member of American Legion Post 54, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4374, the Navy League and Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
In 1957, Ted became the Budget Director of Monmouth County. In 1974, he was appointed the first administrator of Monmouth County. In 1984, Ted retired as administrator. In 1985, he was elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders. He was reelected overwhelmingly six times.
On the campaign trail, Ted would joke about the pronunciation of his last name and that the Verrazano Bridge was named after him. In 2001, the State of New Jersey designated Route 33 between Manalapan and Howell as the Theodore J. Narozanick Highway.
Ted is survived by his daughter Carol Vineyard who announced his passing this morning. “It’s been a long and hard road against Dementia. Unfortunately you never win the fight. Dad left peacefully in his sleep. I want to think that my Mom came and took him Home. I do have memories and all who knew him also have memories of Freeholder Ted. Thank you once again for your prayers. They are much appreciated.”
Despite his dementia, Ted never forgot Monmouth County. Carol told MMM that as recently as this Tuesday, his caretaker would have his sign papers so that Monmouth County employees and vendors could be paid. “Give them to Marion,” he told his caretaker after signing, Carol said. Marion is presumably Marion Masnick, the Clerk of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Arrangement are under the care of the Higgins Memorial Home in Freehold.