GoodbyeMy grandfather on my father's side who has been ill for some time finally passed away on Monday. His obituary from the Johnston Funeral Home is here:
OBITUARY NEW BERLIN, NY-THOMAS F. HANLEY; Thomas F. Hanley, 82 of New Berlin, NY died Monday June 5, 2006 at the New York State veterans home in Oxford, NY. He was born in Flushing, NY on September 28, 1923 the son of Thomas F. Hanley and Lillian (Griffin) Hanley. He married Dorothy Still on July 20, 1946 at St. Andrews Roman Catholic church in Flushing, Long Island. The would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this July. Tom Served his country during World War II in the United States Army having been in the European theater of operations. He was employed as a Cost estimator at BF Goodrich of Norwich, NY until his retirement. He was a very devoted member of St Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church of New Berlin, NY. Tom loved his wife of 60 years with a kind heart and a tenderness that came through his ten children. He taught us all to be God Fearing and with the Lord in our hearts all things are possible. Tom enjoyed his woodworking shop and found great peace in making special treasures for his family and friends to enjoy. For those of us who had the pleasure of really knowing what a wonderful man, husband, father and friend he was, we are blessed. He is survived by his wife Dorothy L. Hanley, His children, Kathy G. Sausen of Florida, Thomas F. Hanley III of California, John C. Hanley of New Berlin, NY, Jeanne L. Whitman of Virginia, Donna M. Curtis of Greene, NY, Stephen P. Hanley of Norwich, NY, Carolynn Fitzgerald of Sherburne, NY, Sue A. Barney of Morris, NY , Moura K. Hanley of New Berlin, NY as well as 20 grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren. Tom was predeceased by a daughter Marianne C. Hanley who died in 1984. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, June 7 , 2006 at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris, NY from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9:00 pm.The Rosary service will beheld at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday , June 8, at 11:00 am at the St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church in New Berlin with the Rev Francis Case officiating. Committal services with military honors and burial will follow in Hillington Cemetery in Morris, NY. Online condolences may be sent to


Blogger Evan Jones  said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. I know this day has been on your mind for quite a while now. The official obituary says a lot, I think, about what we tend to value, perhaps mostly in retrospect, and what others find significant about us. If we wrote our own obituaries, freed from the constraints of propriety and convention, they would probably be filled with disconnected moments, like Copper River sockeye salmon at Cutters Bayhouse, dry aged rib-eye at Tulio's in Seattle and things otherwise too private to reveal. Then, we might learn something about life, and what it really means to have lived.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006  

Blogger Kieran  said...

My condolences.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006  

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