PORTSMOUTH — Thomas Paul Ahearn, 89, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2012. He is survived by his nephews, Edward Ahearn, Michael Ahearn and his wife Cheryl; his nieces, Jacqueline (Ahearn) Gillespie and her husband James, Mary (Ahearn) Chamberlain, Patricia Ahearn; several great nieces, nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.<br/>He was predeceased by his father Edward, his mother Nora, his sister Catherine and his brother James.<br/>Tom was born on April 19, 1923 in Portsmouth, the son of Edward Joseph and Nora Ahearn. He was a navy veteran of World War II
. He graduated from Portsmouth High School and then went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree from UNH and a Master's in Education from Boston University. He spent his career in the field of education. He started as a grammar school teacher
in Enfield, and then continued his teaching career in Dover, where he served as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent of schools. He also served on The School Board in Portsmouth.<br/>As a life-time resident of Portsmouth, Tom was a longtime and active member of both Immaculate Conception and St. James Churches. He is best remembered for his beautiful singing voice at many weddings and funerals. In his retirement, Tom volunteered for both Hospice and Service Link. He also spent many hours with his faithful dog, Oliver. <br/>During the past seven years, Tom was a resident at The Mark Wentworth Home where he was cared for by many loving people. The family wishes to thank all of those who contributed to Tom's quality of life during this time. <br/><br/><br/>Service: Visiting hours will be on Friday, October 12 at 10 a.m. at The Immaculate Conception Church 98 Summer Street Portsmouth, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. A family burial will take place after this at Calvary Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Memorial donations may be made in Tom's honor to the Enrichment Program at The Mark Wentworth Home in Portsmouth, N.H.<br/><br/><br/>Visit www.fosters.com/obits
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