Thomas J. Callahan

Passed 10/07/2022


Obituary For Thomas J. Callahan

Thomas J. CallahanOctober 10, 1930 - October 7, 2022Thomas (Tom) J. Callahan left this world on October 7th, 2022 at the age of 91. He was born October 10, 1930, in Boston, to parents Thomas D. Callahan and Catherine E. Hannify. Thomas J. lived in Boston, Quincy and Rockland, MA. On June 26, 1954, he married the love of his life, Jean A. Page. They were blessed with 5 beautiful children and celebrated 68 years together. Thomas J. worked as a bricklayer for 3 years, then spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy. After being discharged, he went to work for the New England Telephone Company, as a telephone installer, from which he retired in 1989. He was just shy of his 92nd birthday and lived a very full life. Tom was an avid patron of the Rockland Public Library. He loved to read and rent classic old western movies on DVD. He enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and going to his weekly Bingo games. He had a knack for tinkering with computers and loved to receive emails and photos from his out-of-state siblings, family and friends. His love of Irish history and genealogy became a passion later in life. Most of all, he loved spending precious time with family and enjoying all of his loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thomas J. was predeceased by his parents (Thomas D. and Catherine E. Callahan), his sisters, Patricia Doyle (Callahan) and Kathleen McGaughey (Callahan), his beloved wife, Jean A. Callahan (Page), and his daughters, Gail P. Kelley (Callahan) and JeanMarie Peterson (Callahan). He is survived by his children, Thomas H. Callahan and daughter-in-law Ellen S. Callahan (Santry), Andrea Coughlin (Callahan) and son-in-law Richard Coughlin, Paula Connaughton (Callahan) and son-in-law James Connaughton, son-in-law Mark Peterson and James Kelley. Loving grandfather to Courtney Houle, Kristen Peterson,Casey Kelley, Conor Kelley, Paige Kelley, Devon Callahan, Ryan Callahan, Lauren Coughlin, Alexandra Coughlin, Sean Connaughton, Brendan Connaughton and Aidan Connaughton. Proud great grandfather of Michael, Bradley and Cameron Houle, Noah and Lila Kelley, Callahan Kelley and Everett McLaughlin. Brother to Edward Callahan He will be sadly missed and will always hold a place in our hearts. Family, friends, and others whose lives Thomas touched are invited to the funeral mass next Friday, October 14th at Holy Family Church, 403 Union Street, Rockland, MA. The funeral mass will begin at 9AM. His burial will be at 12:30 at the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery, Connery Ave, Buzzards Bay, MA. A gathering will be hosted by the family at Lucca South Shore, 933 Hingham St., Rockland, MA from 2pm - 5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of these deserving institutions: Beacon Hospice of Plymouth, the Arthritis Foundation or the Rockland Public Library.

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  • 10/24/2022

    Deepest sympathy to the Callahan family. Tom was a longtime and dear friend of my Dad's (Joe Dunphy) dating back to the good old Telephone Company days. Dad always spoke so highly of Tom and cherished their time spent together. May he rest in the sweetest peace.

  • 10/21/2022

    My mother offers her sincere condolences along with my siblings and myself to all of you. Tom was a special man, he had class. I will bring my mother to Bourne National in the coming weeks to pay our respects.

  • 10/19/2022

    Tom and Jean were wonderful people. Tom was a big tease and we all enjoyed him. Jean came into Anita Marie's had coffee with the Church Girls and on Sunday they would come into the shop together. We loved them both. So sorry for your loss and we always have fond memories of the two of them I also worked at the library after retiring from the shop and he continued being a big tease there RIP

  • 10/13/2022

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed having breakfast with him at Easter's with my mom over the last year and hearing stories about my grandmother Mary Hurley.

  • 10/13/2022

    Andrea and Family: Sincere condolences. Valia

  • 10/10/2022

    Dear Family. My deepest condolences you all have had more than your share of loss. Try to remember the good times. The laughs love and joy. Peace and Love to all Connie Scanlan

  • 10/10/2022

    Dear Andrea, Paula and Tommy, Your father was such a great man and the entire Kelley Family always enjoyed being around Tom and your Mother Jean, He will definitely be missed by everyone. Kathy and John Griffin

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