HAN­RA­HAN, John David

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

It is with deep sad­ness that we an­nounce the sud­den pass­ing of our fa­ther, John David Han­ra­han, Glace Bay, who died at home on Mon­day, July 13, 2015, at the age of 64. Born in MacKay's Cor­ner, Glace Bay, David was the son of the late Alonzo and Veron­ica (Au­coin) Han­ra­han.

Af­ter his mar­riage, David moved to Pass­chen­daele and raised his fam­ily. He was a long­stand­ing mem­ber of Saint An­thony's parish and later Holy Cross.

He is sur­vived by his de­voted wife of 43 years, Mary (McPhee); two sons, Mark (Tracey) and Ger­ard (He­len); one daugh­ter, Kerry O'Neill (Brian); six grand­chil­dren, Gra­cie and Parker Han­ra­han, Alexan­dra Han­ra­han, Kee­gan, Jor­dan, and Jil­lian O'Neill, all of Glace Bay. He is also sur­vived by two sis­ters, Diane Ro­mard and Patsy War­ren (Fred), all of Glace Bay, and one brother, Michael (Deb­bie) of Cox­heath. As well, he is sur­vived by sev­eral in-laws, in­clud­ing Linda Han­ra­han, Guy Viger, Mar­i­lyn and Bob John­ston, San­dra Novak, Kay and Garry Cox, Jim and Mar­i­lyn McPhee, Kevin and Lynn McPhee, Leo McPhee (Martha), Cameron McPhee (Paulette), Ger­ard and Jan­ice McPhee, and Brian and Wendy McPhee, along with many nieces, neph­ews, cousins, aunts and un­cles.

Be­sides his par­ents, he was pre­de­ceased by his broth­ers, Roger and Lon­nie Jr.; sis­ter, An­nette Viger, mother and fa­ther in-law, An­nie and James McPhee; broth­ers-in-law, Greg Gouthro and Joe Ro­mard; sis­terin-law, Donna McPhee; and nephew, Blaine Gouthro.

David was em­ployed at the Syd­ney Steel Cor­po­ra­tion (Sysco) for over 30 years as a pip­efit­ter. He was a won­der­ful hus­band, fa­ther, brother, grand­fa­ther, un­cle, brother-in-law, cousin and friend. He was a de­voted fam­ily man, es­pe­cially to his six grand­chil­dren, who af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to him as Bampy. He regularly at­tended all of their sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing Colonels ball games, Mi­nor Hockey games, skat­ing ses­sions, soc­cer games, and cheer­lead­ing events.

In his younger years, David was an ex­cel­lent ath­lete, es­pe­cially in hockey and base­ball. He played for many years in the Glace Bay Com­mer­cial Hockey League, Sysco Hockey League and Glace Bay Slo-Pitch League, in­clud­ing cur­rently with the Bull­dogs Men's Slo­P­itch team.

He was a big fan of both the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens and the New York Yan­kees. He was an avid base­ball and hockey card col­lec­tor, along with other sports mem­o­ra­bilia. He loved to travel to many parts of Canada and the United States to watch his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren par­tic­i­pate in sports. David was also a handy­man who would tackle all types of odd jobs around the house.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be on Thurs­day, July 16, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at V.J. McGil­livray Fu­neral Home, Re­serve Street, Glace Bay. A fu­neral mass will be cel­e­brated on Fri­day, July 17, at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church on Seav­iew Street, Glace Bay, with the Rev. Nor­man MacPhee of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will be at Saint An­thony's Parish Ceme­tery. A re­cep­tion will fol­low at the Holy Cross Parish Hall af­ter the fu­neral ser­vice.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Saint An­thony Parish Ceme­tery Fund, Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion or a char­ity of choice.

Con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily at www.vjm­cgillivray.ca.

Bro­ken Chain

We lit­tle knew that morn­ing that God was go­ing to call your name In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, You did not go alone; For part of us went with you The day God called you Home. You left us peace­ful mem­o­ries, Your love is still our guide; And though we can­not see you, You are al­ways at our side. Our fam­ily chain is bro­ken, And noth­ing seems the same; But as God calls us one by one, The chain will link again.

- Ron Tran­mer

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