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Hanrahan, James P.
Jim Hanrahan of 186 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT, died suddenly on Friday, July 24, 2015. He was born December 16, 1954 in Stamford, CT to J. Robert Hanrahan and Jennie Tiscia. Jim was a lifelong Fairfield County resident.
A graduate of Notre Dame University, Jim was a brilliant writer and athlete who specialized in distance running. He excelled in his career in marketing and corporate communications and crafted marketing messaging for Comp-U-Card, became a vice president at Sullivan & Mulvaney, a managing director at Earle Palmer Brown, and founded his own consultancy, where he wrote speeches for the office of the CEO of IBM, and later led their communications strategy initiatives. His love of the written word extended beyond business writing to his own creative works and his style of economical prose gave voice to the sharp clarity of a beautiful humanistic intelligence.
Ever devoted to his wife, Ginger, an accomplished artist, he was proud beyond measure of his daughter Caitlin and her many equestrian triumphs. Able to speak at length about both art and horse, he invariably beamed as he brought friends to share his joy at an art opening, or to enjoy a day out at an outdoor equestrian event.
His interests and creativity were many. He was voracious reader, reciter of classic works, maker of pop culture references, and writer of short stories. He understood and loved the structure of music, taking up guitar and reaching a point of true proficiency. Over the course of years, he practiced for hours weekly with a brilliant instructor who would become a dear friend. He helped others to formulate the focus and development of multiple software initiatives, reminding them always to connect technology to the true needs of people.
Jim was constant and caring. Once friends with Jim, no one close to him ever wanted to lose such an enriching connection. Never too busy to engage in deep and lengthy conversation about important ideas, he also injected instant humor into every interaction. Being with him made every conversation and event better.
He is survived by his wife, Ginger Hanrahan of Bethel. His daughter, Caitlin Hanrahan, of Bethel, CT. His stepson Arjan Zazueta, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Bryan and granddaughter Sadie Zazueta, all of Bloomington, IL. One sister, Dorothy Berloni, brother-in-law, Bill Berloni, and niece, Jenna Berloni of Haddam, CT.
A private service was held at Green Funeral Home, Danbury, on July 28, 2015.
For further information please go to www.thegreenfuneralhome.com

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Published in News Times on Aug. 2, 2015
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