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Thomas Wisner Gahan

Thomas Wisner GAHAN Age 73. Born April 8, 1933 in Tacoma , Wa , died 10-31-06 on Orcas Island , WA -after an 8 year battle with Parkinson's disease. Tom was the 4th child of George and Myra Gahan. Tom was a graduate of St. Joseph Grade School in Seattle and Seattle Prep High School where he was Student Body President and valedictorian. He graduated from Seattle University and earned a Master's Degree at Gonzaga University . He joined the Jesuit Seminary in 1951 and taught at Seattle Prep for two years. After leaving the Jesuit Order in 1961, he worked for the Dept of Defense as a teacher in Europe, Turkey , Washington D.C. , and later as a librarian in the Philippines and Korea . In the Philippines he adopted 3 boys: Richard George, Roger Lorenzo, and Diego Jack. Tom is survived by his sons: Richard (Mariah), Roger (Karen), and Diego, and one grandson, Kyzer and his siblings: Gerry M. Gahan, Jane T. Hughes, Jack H. Gahan, and Larry J. (Roxana) Gahan, and 55 nieces and nephews. Tom purchased his dream property on Waldron Island (San Juans). Here he raised his 3 active boys; later he moved to Orcas Island so the boys could attend high school. Tom's loves were his boys, his books, his music, and his Waldron home and community. He will be terribly missed for his intelligence, his goodness, and his humor. Everyone loved him dearly. He will be buried on Waldron Island as he wished. On Nov. 8 at 10:00 a.m. there will be a Memorial Mass followed by a reception at Assumption Church , 6201 33rd Ave. NE , Seattle , WA . Contributions may be made to the Jesuits, P.O. Box 86010 , Portland , OR 92286 .