West Allis, WI
Thomas Bolger Jr., 70 of West Allis, WI, died Oct. 4th 2013 at his home.
Thomas was born in Escanaba Michigan Dec. 19, 1942, son of Thomas and Kathleen (Roddy) Bolger. He attended All Saints Elementary and Holy Name High School in Escanaba, transferring to Pius XI High School in Wauwatosa Wisconsin in his junior year.
Following high school he enlisted in the naval reserves, 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, 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.
Survivors include two sisters, Patricia McMahon and her husband Terrence of Stoddard NH, and Mary Klase of Arlington Texas, a niece, Cheryl Eder and her husband John of Dallas Texas, two nephews, Sean Klase of Arlington Texas and Stacy McMahon and his wife Louise of Chantilly Virginia. A sister, Catherine Crawford, died earlier.
Committal services will be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Chapel in Escanaba on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Bolger family.