THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thomas P. Roland
Issue Date: April 18, 2019
Thomas P. Roland "Popeye", 63, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2019 with family by his side, after a short courageous battle with cancer.
Born May 9, 1955, in Marinette, he graduated from Marinette Catholic Central High School in 1973, and received two Associate's Degrees from NWTC in Electro Mechanical Design and Architecture. He worked in the paper converting industry most of his life, including at Tufco LP, Celleynne Corp., NPS Corp. and recently at Napcon Inc.
Prior to that, he owned his own home building company, Cliff View Construction and worked as a semi-truck driver for Triangle Distributing while putting himself through school.
In early years, he was a member of the Green Bay High Riders 4x4 Club where he developed many lifelong friendships where he received the CB handle of "Grasshopper". He had a great sense of humor with a large laugh, no matter how many times he heard the same joke.
He enjoyed the water and purchased a home on the bay where he remodeled and designed their log home that he loved sharing with family and friends at their annual Broom Ball and 4th of July parties with a huge fireworks display that could be seen across the Bay.
He loved to fish and was looking forward to this summer recuperating and fishing. An avid sports enthusiast, he loved his Sunday "Napcar", as well as the Packers, Brewers and Bucks. He also enjoyed camping and shared that love with his nephew, Jackson and nieces, Kady and Carley.
"He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Christine; a daughter, Jenny Meetz and a grandson, both of Saint Simon Island, Ga.; three brothers, James (Nancy) Roland of Reno, Nv. and David (Joanne) Roland and Robert (Merry) Roland, both of Marinette; his mother-in-law, Kathleen Culligan, Suamico; two sisters-in-law, Amy Jo (Michael) Meyers, Columbus and Nichole (Joe) Holzem, Morgan; 14 nephews and nieces and many great-nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, Cephas and Blanche (Janowitz) Roland; he was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley and two brothers, Dick (Pat) and John Roland and his father-in-law, James Culligan.
Friends and family gathered at Proko Wall Funeral Home in Green Bay on Monday, April 15 from 3 until time of a Memorial Service at 6 p.m. A Celebration of Life continued at the Four Way Bar and Restaurant in Suamico. A memorial fund was established to benefit the Green Bay Area Humane Society.