AHERN, ALBERT JOHN JR. "JACK" Albert John Ahern Jr., known as Jack, beloved husband of Nancy Veale Ahern, died peacefully at his Westville home on Thursday, May 24, 2012, after a long illness. He had been a reporter and editor at the New Haven Register for many years before his retirement in 1990. Jack was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Derby, son of the late Albert J. Ahern Sr. and Susan O'Callahan Ahern. He grew up in Seymour, graduating in 1943 from Seymour High School, where he had been a star pitcher on the baseball team. He enlisted in the Navy, serving aboard ship in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters during World War II and earning four military service medals. He received a bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1951. He joined the New Haven Register editorial staff as the Naugatuck Valley reporter and sometime photographer in 1953, and later covered City Hall and the State Capitol, where he was a member of the Laurel Club. In 1965 he was appointed special assistant to Gov. John Dempsey, serving in that capacity until the governor left office. He then returned to the Register as a copy editor, weekend city editor and later wire editor, with an uncanny sense of which breaking news stories were most important. He also taught a journalism course at Quinnipiac University. Jack was known for his quick wit and had a passion for reading and solving crossword puzzles. He also was an avid fisherman, having fished nearly every stream in Connecticut, a skillful cook and woodworker, and a loyal Boston Red Sox fan. He was the perfect supportive political spouse during his wife's dozen years on the New Haven Board of Aldermen. Besides his wife he leaves a daughter, Patricia Morgan (Robert) of Cheshire; a stepdaughter, Laurie Wiggins (Douglas) of Catonsville MD; a stepson, Edward Washburn of St. Croix; and three step-grandchildren. He also is survived by a sister, Margaret Shean of Centerville MA, a niece and three nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Center Church on-the-Green, the Revs. Florence and Woodrow Eddins officiating, with a reception to follow. Burial will be in Grove Street Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Center Church, 311 Temple St., New Haven 06510; the Institute Library, 847 Chapel St., New Haven 06510; the Whitney Library, 114 Whitney Ave., New Haven 06510; the New Haven Preservation Trust, 934 State St., New Haven 06511; Connecticut Community Care Inc., 43 Enterprise Drive, Bristol 06010; or to the
. Arrangements are with the Hawley Lincoln Memorial, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven.
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Published in The New Haven Register on May 28, 2012