Owner of Point's Colonial Ranch Market Dies in Brick

Darren Arms had just turned 50 in December


Darren Arms, the owner of Lenny's Colonial Ranch Meat Market, Bridge Avenue, Point Borough, died Sunday in Brick.

Arms had just turned 50 in December.

He had lived in Point Borough for many years and graduated from Borough High School. He has been living more recently on Parker Avenue off Princeton Avenue in Brick.

Arms is the son of former Point Borough Mayor Lenny Arms, who started the business in 1974 and who now also lives in Brick.

He also leaves behind his wife, Lisa, and their five children, Bryan; Brandon; Billy; Amanda and Jenny. He is also survived by Shannon, an older daughter.

The cause of death was not immediately available. However, Brick Police Sgt. Keith Reinhard said that police, EMS and Monoc paramedics responded to a first aid call for Arms on Elizabeth Avenue in Brick at about 11 a.m. Sunday.

They provided rescue efforts and then Arms was transported to Ocean Medical Center, Brick, Reinhard said. However, he said he did not have any information about the death, such as cause, location or time. Hospitals are prohibited by law from releasing any information regarding specific patients.

As news spread on Sunday, dozens of friends, neighbors and loyal customers flooded the business' Facebook page with condolences.

Many left messages that they will miss a great friend, while others remembered Arms as an enthusiastic Giants fan and for his generous contributions and donations he made to worthy causes, including to local first responders, churches and school programs and events.

Arms' younger brother, Adam, owns Lenny's Silverton Market on Hooper Avenue in Toms River.

Patch will update the story as more information becomes available. 

Deborah "Debbie" Venedam January 14, 2013 at 04:22 PM
OMG!! We were just there yesterday getting our usual Sunday supplies for the week and in fact stood and commented about the beautiful picture up on the wall that we had just noticed with him surrounded by his beautiful children. I am so sorry to hear this and my prayers and sympathy reach out to his beautiful family. He was a great guy with a great business and a wonderful family. God Rest His Soul.
PTMAST January 14, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Our Sunshine Harbor community will always remember Darren coming thru our neighborhood with a pickup truck full of food to hand out just after Hurricane Sandy. My neighbors and I were amazed at his dedication and compassion to the community to give so generously. Great man. Will miss seeing him at the market. Our warmest condolences and deepest sympathy to his entire family.
Cynthia Youngman January 14, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Just devastated. RIP my friend.
Laura Ann January 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
My family has known The Arms Family for over 30 years. My brother in law Rick...who Darren nick named him Monk was the butcher and a dear friend.My sister Linda works there now in the deli. Her friendship with her late husband Rick aka Monk to Lenny and his late wife Mary was very close. Linda knows and works with most of Darren and Lisa's loving children. Yesterday, was indeed a shock. But was quick...no suffering or lingering. That is the way I would want to die. Darren had a huge heart. He has excellent seats in Heaven to watch over his wife and family and friends and employees and his beloved New York Giants. His customers will miss him terribly. I was in the store last week and saw him and thought how much he looks like his Dad Lenny who now lives in Florida with his daughter Frankie. Life is so short. Live for today...R.I.P. Darren Arms...you are missed.
Kris Bongiovi January 14, 2013 at 04:58 PM
The Boro of Point Pleasant has lost a wonderful husband, dedicated father, and successful business entrepreneur in that of Darren Arms. His generosity throughout the years has always exceeded my expectations! My deepest sympathies to Lisa, Bryan, Brandon, Billy, Amanda, Jennifer, Shannon, and to his "other family" the employees at the Colonial Ranch Market!
Peggy Orost Becker January 14, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Darren, your smiling face and winning personality will be missed by all. My prayers to your beautiful wife Lisa and children. God Bless them.
pd January 14, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I just saw him when I was in this weekend to pick up breakfast supplies. His is one of the few businesses that I will frequent just so that I can spend my money at with a local business that does so much to support our economy. I literally feel good every time I walk out of that store. His entire staff is like one huge family. I don't know him personally, but take this loss very personally. My deepest condolences to his family.
Lisa Glass January 14, 2013 at 06:18 PM
What a loss for everyone who ever met Darren - he has always been the most generous person you could ever wish to meet. He worked with us every year doing Pie Fundrasers for our local soccer teams. He never blinked an eye when we asked for his help. He opened up his store to us and did all that he could to make sure it was a success. He will truly be missed by everyone that has ever been fortunate enough to meet him.
Da Poppa January 14, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Most sincere condolences to his family. He was a wonderful man, and an asset to our community. He will be missed ...
tuna stick January 14, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I met Lenny years ago in Point, and shopped his store there. I moved to Silverton, and was so happy to see Lenny again when they opened up. I have seen his sons grow up and become outstanding community members. They are the kind of people that make this a great place to live. My prayers are with the entire family. God Bless You All.
Elaine Pavlik January 14, 2013 at 07:05 PM
This is so sad, he always had a great smile for all his customers. I've been shopping there for over 30 yrs. God Bless his family! RIP Darren, you will be missed!
Amy Ford January 14, 2013 at 07:21 PM
God Speed Darren My family has know your family for many years. You will be greatly missed by all who know you. Our prayers are with your family. RIP OUR DEAR FRIEND
Amy Ford January 14, 2013 at 07:23 PM
God Speed Darren Amazing Family Darren you will missed by us all. Our families have know each other many many years. Rest In Peace
Bowie Thelonius January 14, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I'm so sorry to read this. I didn't know him personally, but we have been customers for several years. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Horse mom January 14, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Living in Point my entire 50 years of life , The arms family was always part of my family celebrations , I went to school with Lisa , I am so saddesed by Darren's passing , He made this world a nicer place to be ,our holidays and celebration won't be the same , peace Darren to you and your family
john kemmerer January 14, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Jane and John We have known Darren and Lisa personally and as business acquaintances. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisa and family. We are shocked that such a gentle soul could be taken at such an early age. Hi is gone but will never be forgotten.
kate January 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Point Pleasant will never be the same without Darren he was the Colonial Market,never forget always walking in and saying hey Darren hows it going, he was truky a great person and will be missed ... my deepest condolences to all his family, including his market family.RIP Darren
sandy January 14, 2013 at 11:15 PM
We can all only hope to be thought of as Darren is. He was kind, giving and very generous to others in the community. I truly appreciated when he, his wife and children were so supportive to me and my family in our time of sorrow. My heart hurts for them.
Donna Hughes Mcknight January 15, 2013 at 12:08 AM
Dear Lisa and family .Im am truly sorry for your loss, its unbeliveable, he is truly a great man, and will be missed terribly, by me and all of point pleasant, bricktown and all that knew him, God bless you and your children♥♥♥♥ Donna Hughes, and my mom Chickie
Joe Falcone January 15, 2013 at 12:23 AM
So sad. What a great business owner and person he was to everyone who walked through those doors. Prayers to all his family and friends ;(
Barbara DeLorme January 15, 2013 at 03:18 AM
To Lenny, Lisa and all of the Arms and Market families. Everyone here has your back. Our prayers, love and support for the strength to get through this will be with you forever. Darren was an incredible person ...God gave you the best. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Sarajane January 15, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Darren was one of the nicest men I've ever met. He will be sincerely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Kim Johnston January 15, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Darren, You left us suddenly, without warning, without any goodbyes. Thanks for all your years of service to the residents of Point Pleasant! You were alright!!
James Francis DeLorme jr. January 15, 2013 at 04:24 AM
what a loss.... a very class act person....from stories ive read on here about him giving out food to people hurt by sandy, to the condolences and graciousness he afforded my family when my father passed , to the down to earth , like you and i person he always was as ive known him......you will be missed
Slippery Slope January 15, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Darren is a Great man. Always was and always will be. A true pillar of the community.
harrisburg January 15, 2013 at 06:31 AM
Darren Arms is the reason that Point Pleasant will always be our hometown,that family has done so much for our town and mostly for the youth of the community for over 35 yrs,beginning with Lennys in the 70s.I hope the entire community will somehow memorialize Darren in a way that might keep his spirit and pride alive forever.I do hope our town shows Darrens family at his services the same love and appreciation he gave to us.I also encourage the Boro Police and Fire Dept to represent the community he gave so much to by leading the procession to his place of rest.not sure what that would take to make happen-but its the right thing to do.He cetainly deserves it. l
Amber Guevara-Foss January 15, 2013 at 07:52 AM
I know his older daughter Shannon. I never got to meet her any of her family, but given what an intelligent ray of sunshine that she is, I know her father must have been an amazing person. My deepest condolences go out to her and her whole family. God bless you all.
Bill Frangione January 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM
I will always remember running into Darren at the Giants playoff game in Tampa 5 years ago. I'll always remember tailgating with Darren at GIANTS Stadium on the Idle Hour bus. I will miss his friendly smile and his handshake every time I come in to Colonial Ranch. Now, may God embrace him into his loving arms . Forever! May God be with his fiamily and comfort them at this difficult time .
Arlene Joseph January 15, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Most sincere condolences to the Arms family. A great man gone way too soon... God bless Darren for all that he did for the community and may he rest in peace.
Albert J. Clericuzio January 16, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Al & Eileen Clericuzio We extend our sincere condolences to the Arms family. Eileen and I watched Darren grow up under the guidance of his loving father Lenny and mother Mary. He embraced his parents teachings of a fine work ethic and a love of the community in which he was raised. His honesty as a businesman and his dedication to making Point Pleasant a nice place to live won"t easily be forgotten by the many people, young and old , who's lives he touched, perhaps unbeknown to him. His parents, Lenny (my friend and one of Point Pleasant's finest mayors) and Mary ( deceased yet still loved by Eileen and I) have so much to be proud of in Darren . May Darren and Mary be reunited in Heaven and once again enjoy the love and companionship they had on Earth. Our prayers and sincere condolences go out to Lenny and Darren's wife and children. Darren will be missed not only as a caring father and husband, but as a kind, caring member of the community of Point Pleasant Borough. May God be with all of his family and offer some comfort during this difficult time.


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