BYRAM - Thomas E. Granahan, 82, of Byram, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Newton Medical Center. Born in Taylor, Pa., Mr. Granahan grew up in Newark then lived in East Orange and Rockaway before moving to Byram 31 years ago. He was a police officer for the East Orange Police Department for 26 years, retiring as deputy chief in 1985. Upon his retirement, he worked as director of security at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital for 10 years before retiring. Mr. Granahan was a United States Navy veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. A member of Good Shepherd R.C. Church, he was a former member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer at Manna House and Newton Medical Center. The son of the late Andrew J. and Mary (O'Brien) Granahan, Mr. Granahan also was predeceased by his sister, Sister Patricia Eucharia, Sisters of Charity, Convent Station. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann M. Granahan; six children, Michael Granahan, Thomas Granaham and wife, Michele, Marie Louise Morris and husband, Howell, Patricia Shapiro and husband, David, Elizabeth Granahan and partner, Michele Gajderowicz, and Ann Marie Ross and husband, Kenneth; nine grandchildren, Erin Granahan, Benjamin Morris, Joseph Cuff and wife, Jennifer, Liam Ross, Lauren Granahan, Andrew Morris, Paul Shapiro, Paige Ross and Howell Morris; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Olivia Cuff; a sister, Anne Brown; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton, followed by a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Good Shepherd R.C. Church, Route 517, Andover Borough. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery, Airport Road, Green Township. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Lakeland Rescue Squad, PO Box 311, Andover, NJ 07821. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 26, 2013