|Birth: ||Aug. 23, 1917|
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 2008|
New London County
Joseph Paul Hann age 90 of Groton, CT passed away Monday evening at the Fairview Odd fellows Home where he had been a resident since July 2005. He passed in total peace surrounded by the love of his children and grandchildren entering into eternal rest and eager to reunite with loved ones who had passed before him.
Joe was born August 23, 1917 in Iona, Newfoundland he was the son of John and Elizabeth Murphy Hann and brother to Jane Hann Bates of Havannah, IL all of whom predeceased him.
Joe came to New London in 1929 with his parents and sister, his father John was a fisherman aboard the fishing trawler "The Seiner" out of New London. Tragically, shortly after arriving in New London The Seiner was caught in a storm and the entire crew was lost at sea in February 1929. Joe sorely missed his father all of his life. Joe was raised in New London by his mother where he attended Saint Mary's School, there he met many cherished and life long friends most notably Mort Kenyon and Rob Foley. He went on to graduate from Bulkley High School where he was on the basketball and swim teams. After high school he worked at EB for a short time before enlisting in the US Navy, he was honorably discharged as Fireman First Class in 1946. Joe also owned and operated the New London Foundry and worked for Lehigh Oil Company, he then went to work for Pfizer in the engineering department retiring in 1980. After his retirement he worked part time as a grounds keeper for Seaport Campground in Old Mystic.
Joe was predeceased by his very loving and patient wife Theresa Walsh Hann, at the time of her death in August 2004 they had been married for 62 years. He and Theresa met on a blind date and as the story goes he whisked her away on his white horse. Joe was very proud of his family and often said to Theresa "Look what we started." They married on April 8, 1942 at Saint Mary's Church in Stonington. Joe and Theresa made a home for their family in New London where they stayed for 45 years before moving to Groton in 1987. Joe was an avid golfer but despite his love for the game he was lovingly known by his golfing buddies as the "the duffer". He was also a tried and true Red Sox fan and realized his dream of seeing them win the pennant before he died. He was a fan of the fighting Irish Notre Dame football team. Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus Seaside Council #17 where he also made many life long friends.
He was also predeceased by a great granddaughter Mikayla Baker.
Joe is survived by five children; Mary Vendetto of New London, his son Paul Hann of New London, Kathleen Ahlquist of Norwich, Patricia Calcagni of Groton and Jean Hann Rogers of Cheshire, all of whom loved him and will miss him dearly but rejoice in the fact that he is at peace. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren Dana Vendetto, Wayne Vendetto, Anissa Hann Gentile, Cara Hann Pavelko, Kerri Baker, Patricia Suddy, Kristen Calcagni, Jack Rogers and Patrick Rogers, he also leaves behind 11 great grandchildren Alexandra and Cole Williams, Connor, Trey, and Attilia Vendetto, Sophia and Stella Gentile, Kassidy Baker, and Alexandra, Kathleen and Joseph Suddy. In addition he is survived by a niece and nephew in law Eleanor Schoolcraft and Thomas Foley.
Joe's greatest joy in life was spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, "the kiddies" who lovingly referred to him as their Beep. They will always remember his "white horse" stories as well as the stories of his childhood. Joe was loved by so many and will be missed by all.
"You can't beat Fun" - Joe
A funeral service for Joe will be held at Saint Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church in Groton on Thursday Morning January 10, 2008 at 11:30. The family will receive friends Thursday one hour prior from 9:45-10:45 am at the funeral home prior to the mass. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to Fairview Recreation Department, 235 Lestertown Road, Groton, CT 06340.
The Hann Family invites you to visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com for obituary information, directions and an online guest register to leave a note of condolence.
Created by: Andrew A. Caruso
Record added: Jan 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23900173
Added: Nov. 22, 2011