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Thomas R. Leary, Sr.

September, 23, 1931 - July, 03, 2007

Thomas Raymond Leary, Sr. of Shoreline passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2007 after a long battle with lung disease. He was born September 23, 1931 in Seattle, Washington. His parents were Daniel Francis Leary III and Karen Petrea Blekum Leary. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen, at the family home in Shoreline with Son T.R., son Bill Adams of Port Orchard, Washington, his daughter Peggie VanHoose, of Lyle, Washington, and his brother Bob Leary of Edmonds. He was preceded in death by his children, Grace Ann, Tommy, and Susie; and his brother Danny. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, plus two new babies due this year.
Tom and his brothers were raised by their mother Karen, after the sudden death of their father when Tom was 4 years old. He grew up in Ballard and attended Ballard High School where he played football. After being denied eligibility for his senior year to play football, Tom quite school and made his grandfather proud by going to sea working for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. In late 1955 Tom was drafted into the Navy at age 26. He never forgot a name and loved telling stories about those times.
While on leave, traveling by train to Butte, Montana with shipmate ?Ornie?, Tom met his wife, Helen O?Boyle Adams. Helen and Tom were married August 15, 1957 in Missoula, Montana. They raised their large family in the same home since their marriage.
In 1960 he was accepted by the Seattle Fire Department. In 1961 he left to go to work for the Boeing Fire Department where he spent 30 years. Tom was well respected by all, and he retired as President of his local union. He was also a dedicated Volunteer Fireman for the Shoreline Fire Department from 1963-1979. He took great pride in being a firefighter.
Tom and Helen both retired in 1991 and did some traveling. Proud of his Irish Heritage seeing Ireland brought him pleasure.
The family wishes to thank Doctors, Jim Vincent, George Pappas and especially Melody Music, also the staff at Swedish Hospital for their dedicated care. We also wish to thank the Shoreline Fire Department Medics for transporting one of their own, and making Dad feel like he was special, and knowing that he was in good hands. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations or remembrances to be made to the Shoreline Medic I, 17525 Aurora Ave N., Shoreline, WA 98133.
Memorial services will be held at 6:30, Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave N. Seattle, WA 98133.