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John D. Hanft Sr.


John D. Hanft Sr. Obituary
John Daniel Hanft Sr. Pompano Beach, Fla. John Daniel Hanft, Sr., 94, passed away on Friday May 16, 2014 at the Imperial Point Medical Center, Ft. Lauderdale. Fla. He was born to John Jacob and Helen Miller Hanft, May 20, 1919, in New York City. He married his beloved wife, Ann Mafera Hanft at Ft. Benning, Ga. on May 2, 1942. The couple were long-time residents of the Upper Main Line, living in Berwyn, Devon, Paoli, and Hershey's Mill, until a move to Florida in Sept. 2010. John was a long standing contributor to a wide variety of civic and local community activities including: Saint Monica's Church, the Devon Preparatory School, the Berwyn Historical Society, the Upper Main Line Little League and the Great Valley Swim Club. John served with the Armed Forces fighting for the freedom of America and our European allies in World War II. He was initially stationed in Mississippi as an artillery instructor, later he served in England, France and Germany serving in 5 major campaigns as a First Lieutenant in the Army's Infantry and Engineering Divisions. After the war, John joined the Army Reserve, continuing his service to our country and retiring from this service as a Lt. Colonel. John joined Turner Construction Company in New York after the War. He was a graduate of The Cooper Union College, where he received a degree in engineering. He joined the Philadelphia office of Turner in 1954 where he held a wide range of managerial and executive positions during his time there. John retired from Turner in 1989, at the age of 70. John's wife, Ann passed away in Pompano Beach, Fla. in June of 2012. He is survived by his sister, Margaret Rivers; three sons, John Jr., Thomas, and Richard; his two daughters-in-law, Anita and Virginia; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Published in The Daily Local on May 21, 2014
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