Thomas P. Katica

Thomas P. KATICA Son of John A. Katica and Mary E. (Katica) Aylward, passed away peacefully at home on Whidbey Island July 8, 2010, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 56-years-young, an entertainer at heart, and lived a life full of family and friends, fishing, golfing, traveling, and a career in the marine industry. Tommy was born in Seattle, attended O'Dea and Queen Anne High Schools, and then began exploring what the world had to offer. He would recite the list of his various occupations proudly, they included: burger restaurant owner, commercial fisherman and crabber, taxi mechanic, dog breeder and professional musician among them. 'Tommy Cadillac' was a member of Seattle rock group Jr. Cadillac for 10 years, first as a roadie, then as a vocalist and keyboardist once his musical talents were discovered. He then moved to Hawaii for a short time and was part of the group Hot & Glassy. For 23 years, Tom was the master of ceremonies for Taste of Edmonds in the beer garden and for similar events in Poulsbo and in Newport, Oregon. He was an avid salt and freshwater fisherman, a great golfer, duck hunter, and skier. In 1987, Tom began a career in the commercial marine industry with MER Equipment in Seattle. He joined ZF Marine, LLC, a German gear manufacturer, in 1997, where he managed sales for the U.S. western region. He appreciated the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S. and Europe. Tom treated his customers and colleagues with great respect and considered them his friends and extended family. During industry trade shows, he gained notoriety and proved his talent as an entertainer at the piano and with hilarious discourses on gear boxes and other engine parts. All those who knew Tom loved him; he was the life of the party and will be greatly missed. He taught us many things, but most importantly: 'happiness is the key'. Tom was preceded in death by his father, mother and younger brother, Philip. Tom is survived by his fiancée, Sara Jewell Hobbs; siblings Eileen Rook (Gary), Christine, John (Ann), Jim (Sally), Molly Thompson (Jack), and Jane, and nine nephews. Tom Katica's life will be celebrated with a memorial service at St. Anne's Church, Seattle, on Friday, July 30, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Passenger Vessel Foundation would be greatly appreciated. (www.pvfoundation.com) Arrangements handled by Whidbey Memorial, Oak Harbor, WA.

Published in The Seattle Times on July 22, 2010