Thomas Allen Schwerin

Date of birth: April 29 1943

Date of death: April 4 2019

Thomas Allen Schwerin was born in Portland, Oregon in 1943 to Albert “Bud” Schwerin and Helen Schwerin. He attended Sellwood Elementary, Cleveland High School, and Portland State University. On August 24, 1962, he married his grade school sweetheart, Patricia Straka.

Tom raised his family in Milwaukie, Oregon, with his entire career spent teaching at Portland Public Schools (Grout Elementary and Hosford Middle School). He was a favorite teacher to many, with a disciplined but gentle demeanor that commanded respect but also made students feel secure to take risks and grow in their learning. An accomplished guitar player, he spent his weekends fulfilling his love of music. Alongside his wife Pat, he performed band gigs on the weekends and played for his church worship team on Sunday mornings.

Tom loved the outdoors. The family home had three huge yards where he loved to spend time, and he would go fishing or camping whenever he had a chance.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and by his daughter, Becky Schwerin. He is survived by his sister Patricia Brixey, daughter Kristi Helzer, son Rick Schwerin, and four wonderful grandchildren.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date when the sun is shining on one of his favorite fishing holes. The family hopes that those who wish to honor his memory will do so in any way they are so moved, whether by kind words or memories shared, thinking of him while enjoying the outdoors, raising a toast during a favorite meal (he would recommend a New York steak, cooked “medium”, with a baked potato), providing aid to vulnerable and underprivileged school children, or supporting music education programs.

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Candle lit by jill parkison

Candle lit by Teri Gonce Love and peace Uncle Tom

Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Rick Schwerin love

Candle lit by Rick Wong Thx God for sharing Tom’s teaching and love of music with me. A lifelong gift. Tom, I can hear you jamming with Chet. Sounds great!

Candle lit by Barbara Teeter

Candle lit by Zoe Gruen Thank You ∞

Candle lit by Robbie Parkison I will always remember the inspiration he gave me with the guitar.

Candle lit by Troy Erkenbeck Sorry for your loss . i remember that group picture sat on Grandpa's dresser

Candle lit by Darcy & Joil Southwell Our hearts go out to the entire family at such a difficult time.