Waterford - John Clarence Ahern, 77, of Waterford, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London, after a short illness.
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He was born in New London on March 10, 1936, the son of Clarence and Mary (Reagan) Ahern. John attended The Bulkeley School and was proudly identified as one of the Bulkeley Boys. When the school closed in 1951, he attended New London High School and graduated in 1954.
He joined the U.S. Navy after graduating and served from 1954 to 1958 on the aircraft carriers USS Boxer and the Franklin D. Roosevelt. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring as director of mail processing at the New London Post Office after 38 years of service.
He married Rosemarie Petrizzi on Jan. 21, 1961, at St. Joseph Church, New London. She survives him. Next to his family, John's passion was sports, especially Notre Dame football, UCONN basketball, and above all, the New York Yankees. He was an avid golfer and a member of the former New London Country Club for many years.
John was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and the Sons of St. Patrick. He was a communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in New London and St. Paul in Chains Church in Waterford.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, John is survived by two sons, Tim Ahern and fiancÃ©e, Heather Mislivets, of Colchester and John Ahern and his wife, Deirdre Passero Ahern, of Salem; and one daughter, Sue Ann Lewellen and her husband, Jeff, of Oakdale. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Jessica Ahern Garcia and her husband, Esteban, Erika Ahern, Vito Trento, Joseph Trento, Colleen Ahern, and Brian Ahern.
Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 9 a.m. Monday and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. Interment with military honors will be held in St. Mary Cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be sent to a charity of donor's choice.
Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home
84 Montauk Ave. New London, CT 06320
Published in The Day on Apr. 19, 2013