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AHERN, Daniel DANIEL E. AHERN Daniel E. Ahern, 62, who retired from his position as Internet Content Coordinator with the Internal Revenue Service in 2009, after thirty years with the federal government, died of cancer on May 28 at Hospice Atlanta. Dan was Senior Analyst of Communications Staff responsible for all content postings on irs.gov, and was passionate about assuring high quality, easy-to-navigate information services for website users. He traveled frequently to Washington, DC, and around the country to conduct training seminars for IRS employees. Dan was born in Syracuse, New York, on August 15, 1946, the youngest of seven children, to the late John and Doris Ahern, and was devoted to his large family throughout his life. He received a Master's degree in Business Administration from Western New Mexico University in 1971 after completing his undergraduate work at Bryant College in Rhode Island. A long-time resident of Atlanta, Dan was the founding president of Southern Country Atlanta in 1988, and later the first president of SEGRA, two organizations that helped develop interest in country-western music, dance, and rodeo in our community. He organized a group of men to learn clogging. They became "The Buffalo Chips" and performed at the World's Fair in Knoxville in 1982. He loved the movies, all kinds of music, tending his roses and indoor plants, and his "rescue cat," Dixie. He enjoyed planning vacation trips for himself, his partner, and their friends. Among the highlights were Rio de Janeiro, Costa Rica, New York City, London, Ireland, and a friend's wedding in Nassau. Simple pleasures like rollerblading in Piedmont Park, aerobics at the Decatur YMCA, and dinners somewhere near home or at home with friends were an important part of his life. He learned inclusiveness at an early age thanks to his loving family, and this lesson carried over into his work life as he took newcomers under his wing when they came into his department. His judgment was sound and fair. Once, when he was offered a promotion, he turned it down, in part because, as he told the interviewers, someone else they had interviewed would be better for the job. His smile and his enthusiasm were contagious. Focus on the positive and ignore the negative was a guiding principle for him. He believed that life was a great journey, and wanted to go first-class whenever possible, with people he cared about along for the ride. He is survived by John Lyons, his partner of 35 years. Other survivors include his brothers and sister, Tim Ahern and his wife, Kate; Reverend John Ahern; Doreen Drury and her husband, John; and Pat Ahern and his wife, Carol; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Dan's remains have been cremated and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13214 on June 5 at 11 AM. Calling hours are at the church on June 4 from 4 - 7 PM and Whelan Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (315)488-5555. An Atlanta memorial service at H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel will later be announced for friends and former co-workers.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 31, 2009
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