Rev. John Mark Hannon, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish of Hanson/Pembroke, died suddenly Friday morning in Sandwich. He was 79 years old. Fr. Hannon was born, raised, and educated in Watertown. He graduated from Saint Patrick High School, Watertown, in 1952 and that fall entered Boston College, Chestnut Hill, with the intention of entering Saint John Seminary. He was ordained Feb. 2, 1960, by Richard Cardinal Cushing at Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston. During the 53 years of his priestly ministry he also served as pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Stoneham, team minister and pastor at St. Matthew, Dorchester, assistant at St. Edward, Medfield, and St. Coleman, Brockton. Father had been the pastor of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish for the past 18 years, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Cushing Council in Pembroke and a loyal Red Sox fan. He was the beloved son of the late Mark T. and Ella M. (McGuire) Hannon; devoted brother of Mary H. Farrell of Watertown, and the late Thomas J. Hannon, Francis M. Hannon, Sister Eileen Hannon, O.P., and Margaret Hannon. He was also a dear uncle to 24 nieces and nephews, 46 great-nieces and nephews, and 17 great great-nieces and nephews. Fr. Hannon will be received into Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 1 Maquan St. (Rtes. 58 and 14), Hanson, MA 02341, Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. where he will lie in state until 7 p.m. with a parish Mass being celebrated at 7:30 p.m. Fr. Hannon will be received into Saint Patrick Church, 212 Main St. (Rte. 20), Watertown, Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. where he will lie in state until 8 p.m. His funeral Mass will be concelebrated Friday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. in Saint Patrick Church, Watertown. Interment will follow in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Watertown. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, at the above address. For further info, please visit MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald, www.macdonaldrockwell.com or call 617-924-4700.
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Published in The Watertown Tab & Press from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29, 2013