Thomas Bolger Jr.(1942 - 2013)

Thomas Bolger Jr., 70, of West Allis, Wis., died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at his home. Service: Committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Chapel in Escanaba, Mich., the Rev. Father Emmett Norden officiating. Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Bolger family. Additional services are planned in Milwaukee, Wis., and Fort Worth at a later date. Thomas was born in Escanaba, Mich., Dec. 19, 1942, son of Thomas Bolger and Kathleen Roddy Bolger. He attended All Saints Elementary and Holy Name High School in Escanaba, transferring to Pius XI High School in Wauwatosa, Wis., in his junior year. Following high school he enlisted in the Navy Reserve, and was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his discharge he earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and worked for many years in the Milwaukee County Parks Dept., retiring as a park supervisor. The love of sports and the outdoors that was reflected in his work with the parks expressed itself as well in his recreations. With a friend he built and raced a canoe, he was a member of an amateur hockey team, and was an avid hunter, traveling several times to South Dakota for pheasant hunting. The dogs he raised and trained to hunt were his constant companions. He was predeceased by a sister, Catherine Crawford. Survivors: Sisters, Patricia McMahon and her husband, Terrence, of Stoddard, N.H., and Mary Klase of Arlington; niece, Cheryl Eder and her husband, John, of Dallas; nephews, Sean Klase of Arlington and Stacy McMahon and his wife, Louise, of Chantilly, Va.

Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 15, 2013