Paul J. Tuliano III, 26, of Browns Mills, entertainment supervisor at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, who could combine music and shows for just about any age group, died in a car accident Friday, Dec. 10, in Plumstead, Ocean County.
By the time he was in the sixth grade, Mr. Tuliano knew what his talents were and capitalized on them right away.
"He had a keen ear for music . . . he knew how to read people," said his father, Paul Tuliano Jr., Hainesport Township administrator.
Mr. Tuliano became "PJ the DJ" and would serve as disc jockey at school dances at Hainesport Township School and Rancocas Valley Regional High School, where he graduated in 2002.
At Rancocas Valley, Mr. Tuliano was in ROTC and was an audiovisual aide.
As a college student, Mr. Tuliano started his own DJ enterprise, Studio 44. He attracted a good deal of business by just handing out business cards, his father said.
Mr. Tuliano started taking classes at Rutgers-Camden but transferred to Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Pomona and graduated with a bachelor's degree in hotel management in 2006.
That spring, Mr. Tuliano began working at Six Flags as a seasonal employee. He was hired as a full-time staffer after graduation and quickly moved up the ranks.
Most recently, he was working as an entertainment supervisor focusing on the audiovisual aspects of the park. He was responsible for choosing the music that visitors hear throughout the park, spokeswoman Angel Aristone said.
Mr. Tuliano also coordinated the music for light shows, parades, and other park events. He was the "go-to guy for anything sound-related," Aristone said, adding that Mr. Tuliano was "very creative and talented."
In addition to his Six Flags job, which his father said he loved so much that he went in on his days off, Mr. Tuliano worked part time for a few production companies in the area. He helped with the audio for concerts and other shows in Atlantic City and Philadelphia.
All his hard work had paid off. At the start of the summer, he purchased his first home. With a deck facing a lake, his Browns Mills house was the perfect place to host his friends, his father said.
"They would sit out on the deck, have a beer or two, and do whatever 26-year-olds do," the elder Tuliano said.
In addition to his father, Mr. Tuliano is survived by his mother, Carol Tuliano, and grandparents Paul J. Tuliano Sr. and Karl and Olga Mensinger.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Lankenau Funeral Home, 31 Elizabeth St., Pemberton Borough.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at St. Ann's Church, 22A Trenton Rd., Browns Mills.
Interment will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Pemberton Township.