Thomas Joseph Callan, Jr. Passed away at his home in Hillsborough on Monday, July 21, 2014 from congestive heart failure. He was born in Colma, CA. on Jan. 30, 1924. Tom was the loyal and devoted husband to his wife, Gladys Callan, for 63 years. He is survived by his son, Thomas Joseph Callan III of Jay, OK (Kathleen Callan) and daughter Jennifer Callan Desler (Brian Desler) of Hillsborough and five grandchildren (Thomas Joseph Callan IV; Katherine Callan; John, Cate, and Peter Desler. He is also survived his sister, Helen Carey, of Atherton, Ca and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his son, Mark Callan.
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Tom was born and raised in Colma, attended Jefferson High School and graduated from Golden Gate University. He was a veteran of service with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theatre during World War II. Tom was the founder of Callan Realty in Daly City and developed several residential subdivisions in Westborough and South San Francisco. Tom was a regular presence in his Daly City office well into his late 80s. You can still spot the Callan Realty sign not far from interstate 280 on Junipero Serra Blvd., in Daly City.
Tom was a humble man but also a keen observer of real estate and business trends. He was a good listener but also knew how to ask tough and probing questions. He was a loving husband and father. He was a leader of Troop 6 Boy Scouts in Hillsborough. Later in life, he became an avid tennis player and was a long time member of the Peninsula Tennis Club in Burlingame. His family fondly remembers several family vacations and sojourns to Yosemite and Grand Teton National Parks. Every August, for fourteen years, Tom and his family shared memories at the Alisal Ranch in Solvang, Ca. He will be sorely missed by his friends and family.
Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Mass on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:30am at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1310 Bayswater Avenue, Burlingame, CA.
Crosby-N. Gray & Co. Funeral Home
2 Park Rd Burlingame, CA 94010
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 23 to July 24, 2014