Thomas James Hollcraft died Nov. 18. He was 77.
Mr. Hollcraft was born Sept. 9, 1936, in Portland to Francis and Virginia Hollcraft. He was raised in St. Johns and Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland. He lived most of his adult life in Northeast Portland.
He received his education from Holy Redeemer Grade School, Columbia Prep High School, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Portland. He entered the seminary at Notre Dame upon graduating from high school. After two years at Notre Dame, he transferred to the University of Portland where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s of education degrees.
He taught English to high school students for Portland Public Schools for 10 years. He then left teaching and started his own construction company, Hollcraft Homes Inc. After several years as a contractor, he returned to teaching with the Portland Public School district, where he taught high school students in the home repair program.
He married Barbara Mulkey in 1958. They had five children, James (Gwen) Hollcraft, Julie (Phil) Bride, Michael Hollcraft, Therese (Thad) Collins and Elisabeth (Kurt) Raimer. He married Sandra McCarthy in 1979. They had three children, Kevin, Cory and David Hollcraft. He married Marie Marckx in 1993 and became father to Dennis Ansbro.
He is survived by his wife Marie; nine children; siblings, Dr. Richard Hollcraft, Holy Names Sister Diane Hollcraft, Mary Mildenberger; 21 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to St. Rita Church or to the Edward and Helen Marckx Scholarship Fund for Central Catholic High School.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 25, at St. Rita Church.