Thomas Bolger Jr.

WEST ALLIS, WIS. – Thomas Bolger Jr., 70, of West Allis, Wis., died Oct. 4, 2013, at his home.

Thomas was born in Escanaba on 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, Wis. 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 Department, 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 N.H., 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, Va. A sister, Catherine Crawford, died earlier.

Committal services will be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Chapel in Escanaba on Saturday, Oct.19, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating.

The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Bolger family.

Please visit where you can express your sympathy to the Bolger family. Additional services are planned in Milwaukee, Wis. and Fort Worth, Texas at a later date.