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Thomas BOSWELL 10.18.1918 ~ 02.20.2011 Tom and his beloved wife Rita are roller skating together once again! Early Sunday morning, with the Lord's blessing, Rita extended her hand, and invited her husband to join her for all eternity. Tom was born Oct. 10th, 1918 in Milwaukee, WN. Preceded in death by his beloved parents Henry and Annette Boswell, siblings Doug, Maudie, Mildred, Dorothy and infant Violet, Tom devoted his life to loving the family he came from and starting a big one of his own! He met Rita Catherine Sullivan in January, 1939 on a Bremerton ferry enroute to a roller skating party. At the end of their first date, Tom told Rita he was going to ask her to marry him one day! Rita's reply was, the answer is already "yes". The rest, is as they say history! Married for 57 years, (Rita deceased in 1998) they were the proud parents of Tom (deceased in 2008, wife Judy, dtrs Julie and Brandie), Annette (deceased in 2007, husband Jay, dtrs Lisa & Kim), Barbara (dad's birthday present and her son David and his life partner, Leo), Ashley (son James, dtr Kelly Marie), Michael (and his life partner, Charlie) Jim (wife Stefanie, dtrs Rachel and Nicole). Together with Aunt Eileen and Uncle Paul, cousin Joan, living across the street, their life was rich and full. Tom and Rita were blessed with great-grandchildren as well, Brittany, Cara, Joel, Seth, Mark, Meagan, Emily, Brianna, Claire, Casey, Patrick Henry, Coco, Lilly, James Michael. Also special relationships in Tom's life, John Kuhn, Claire & Jesus Vedder, Gladys Lucci, Mary Sullivan, Jean Dobbs, Fran & Hilda Sullivan, Dan & Jenny Sullivan, John & Cynthia Sullivan, Andy & Dolores Sullivan, Bob (deceased 2010) & Ida Sullivan. Preceded in death by Pep & Margaret Sullivan, Pat Lucci, Gene Dobbs, and Dan & Margaret Sullivan. The family wishes to thank dad's team of amazing professionals who kept him going strong after a massive heart attack in 1991: Dr. James Leggett, cardiologist, Dr. Richard Kaner, Primary Care, Dr. Nicholas Kovach, Oncology, Dr. Pellman, Urology, Dr. Rick McManus, Opthomologist, Dr. Petersen, Dentist, Dr. Peter Lallas, podiatrist. Each one made dad feel special and important, and gave compassionate, loving care to Tom. Special thanks to dad's team of "angel nurses," including Kelly RN, Claire RN, Helga RN, Shari RN, Kim RN and nurse by corre- spondence course "Nurse Barbie". A celebration of Tom's life will be held Thursday, Feb. 24th at 7:00 p.m. with viewing and Catholic rosary at the Sunset Hills Chapel in Bellevue. A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday Feb. 26th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Louise Catholic Church, Bellevue WA. Burial at Calgary Catholic Cemetery in Seattle WA. The family also wishes to thank the caring professionals from Gentive Home Health and Evergreen Hospice, who guided Barbara and her family to provide Tom a comfortable and joyous passing. A very special thanks to Father Phil Wallace for administering last rights. Tom was the best Catholic of us all. Daddy, we miss you so much, but know you and mother are blissful beyond words. The family will remain close to continue your legacy. We love you!!!
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 24, 2011
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