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John V. Hannan

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for John V. Hannan were held from Sacred Heart-Saint Francis deSales Church Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, where the Mass of resurrection was offered by the Rev. James Preskenis, pastor, officiating.

The organist was Diane Maynard and the soloist was Katie Beck. Hymns offered during the mass were “Be Not Afraid,” “Amazing Grace,” and “On Eagles’ Wings.”

Serving as acolytes were Leonard Anzivino, Francis Sausville, Joseph Anton and Gerald Amadon. The pall was placed on the casket by John’s brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Gwendolen Hannan. A wooden cross was then placed on the casket by John’s wife, Julie Hannan. The readings were offered by John’s two nieces, Erin Tifft and Heather Hannan. The offertory gifts were presented by John’s great-nephew and great-nieces, Caleb Tifft, Jadyn Tifft, Emma Tifft, Kiara Tifft and Shelby Hannan. Words of remembrance were offered by Dale Long and Linda O’Leary. An honor and color guard from the Newport Vermont Rescue Squad presented a flag to John’s wife, Julie. The honor guard consisted of EMTB Robert Bernier, EMS Director Dan Manz, ENTI George Butler, EMTI William Smith, EMTB Judy Descockes and EMTB Susan Butler. A friend of the family John Skinner played “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes.

Serving as pall bearers were Bennington Rescue Squad members Melissa Elwell, Larry Salisbury and Dale Long, and Arlington Rescue Squads members Kevin Mattison, Rusty Griffis and Joe Robert.

Following the Mass, Dan Manz, who is the director of Vermont EMS, made the following announcement, “Throughout most of history, the life of an EMS provider has been closely associated with the sound of a paging tone. As he began his hours of duty, it is the tone that started it off. Through the day and night, each call was sounded by a tone which called him to answer the call and to place his life in jeopardy for his fellow man. And now John Hannan has completed his task, his duties well done.” The tone of the Arlington Rescue Squad and the three tones of the Bennington Rescue Squad were then sounded in memory of John and in tribute to his life and service.

A reception followed the mass at the Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Parish Center. Prior to the Mass a prayer service was held at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.

John’s casket was placed in the Arlington Rescue Squad and was led to the church by the Vermont State Police. The funeral cortege included vehicles from the Bennington Rescue Squad, Deerfield Valley Rescue, Manchester Rescue, Arlington Fire Department and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 601. Tuesday evening Rev. Truscott, pastor of the Federated Church in East Arlington, offered a service at the funeral home.

Attending the calling hours in a group were members of the Bennington Rescue Squad, Arlington Rescue, Arlington Fire Department, Pownal Fire Department, the Mohawk Rescue Squad the Bennington County Sheriffs Office, Vermont Veterans of America Chapter 601, Pownal Fire Department, Southwestern Vermont Regional Ambulance Service, Vermont State Police, Bennington Police Department, Bennington Fire Department and the Manchester Rescue Squad.

Mr. John V. Hannan, a resident of Chapel Road, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 1, 2006, as a result of an automobile accident in Clarksburg, W.Va.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 8, 2006
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