Thomas J. Dolan Sr., a retired manufacturing engineer for Black & Decker Corp., died Monday of cancer at the age of 75 at his home on Fifth Avenue in Carney.
He retired in 1981 after 35 years with the power tool company and had worked from 1939 until 1946 for the Glenn L. Martin Co.
Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of St. Ann's School and Mount St. Joseph High School. He also took engineering courses at the Johns Hopkins University.
He made five trips to Tully, Ireland, to study the history of his family.
He was a member of the Chesapeake and Allegheny Steam Preservation Society and built a scale model of a steam railroad engine, large enough to ride, and restored another.
He was also an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist at St. Ursula's Roman Catholic Church at 8801 Harford Road where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
He is survived by his wife, the former Louise O'Connor; a daughter, Mary Jane Sacks of Fredericksburg, Va., a son, Thomas J. Dolan Jr. of Perry Hall; and four grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the St. Joseph Hospital Home Care and Hospice Programs.