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MANCHESTER - Daniel A. Goonan, 71, died Nov. 11, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a period of declining health.

Born in Manchester on Feb. 7, 1940, he was the son of Michael F. and Mary Ann (O'Dowd) Goonan. He was a lifelong resident of the Queen City.

He graduated from Bishop Bradley High School, Class of 1953, and attended Saint Anselm College.

Mr. Goonan served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a lieutenant with the Manchester Police Department for 20 years. Afterward, he was a private investigator and co-owner of the Irish Pub. Later, he was director of operations at Hesser College as well as a security officer at Elliot Hospital. He was a Hillsborough and Rockingham County bail commissioner.

Mr. Goonan served as alderman in Ward 7. He was also a member of the City of Manchester Planning and Zoning boards. He held membership in the Knights of Columbus, Council 5260, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Candia Woods Golf Club.

Mr. Goonan was a longtime member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Most recently, he was a communicant of Saint Pius X Church.

He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, who most especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Family members include his wife of 49 years, Judith A. (Jaroma) Goonan of Manchester; two sons, Daniel A. Goonan and his wife, Denise, of Manchester, and Michael O. Goonan and his wife, Elizabeth, of Manchester; two daughters, Virginia A. Goonan of Manchester, and Erin Kate Jones and her husband, Martin, of Alexandria Va.; 11 grandchildren; his brother, Richard Goonan of Brunswick, Ohio; and his sister, Violet Sullivan of Port Charlotte, Fla.; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary V. Jerome, and his brother, Michael Goonan.

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SERVICES:Calling hours are Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union St., corner of Concord Street, Manchester.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Saint Pius X Church, Candia Road, Manchester.

Courtesy local transportation for the afternoon calling hours will be provided on request by contacting Daniel J. Healy at 622-8223.

Burial will take place in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations, may be made to Visiting Nurses and Home Hospice, 33 South Commercial St., Suite 401, Manchester 03101.

For more information and to view the online guest registry, please visit: www.connorhealy.com.



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Published in Union Leader on Nov. 12, 2011.
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December 25, 2011
Love and miss you so much
Erin
November 27, 2011
To the Goonan family,
My Prayers are with Goonan Family
Danny was very good man .Rosemary
L. Goonan. Peoria,Az
Rosemary L. Goonan
November 21, 2011
Dear Judy and family,
Dan was a wonderful person, mentor and friend to me throughout my career. He always took the time to show me and other new officers the "ways of the street". He had the Irish gift of conversation. Whether he was speaking to a suspect, defendant, a brother officer, lawyer, or a judge he spoke from the heart.
We will miss him,.

Mark Putney
November 20, 2011
Erin and Martin-

My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Kim Alton
November 18, 2011
Judy & family, Heaven welcomed a wonderful Irishman when Dan arrived there. We are so sorry for your loss. Gary & Joan Palmer, Englewood, FL
November 17, 2011
Erin and Martin -

So sorry to hear the news. I hope your memories are strong even though I know that's not enough.
Lisa Maco
November 17, 2011
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Danny. He was a great guy and wonderful neighbor. Our thoughts are with you.
Kevin&Sheryl Murphy
November 17, 2011
Dear Judy, Dan and Family
My thoughts and prayers to go out to you during this difficult time. The good memories will live in your heart forever.
Raymonde Bilodeau
November 16, 2011
Dear Judy we will miss Dan and his smile, the kids remember that special week at Hampton Beach.
Omer Beaudoin
November 16, 2011
Ginger,Erin And Family,
I'm so very sorry for loss of your Dad. Your father was a well respected man, along with just being a great guy.
My thoughts are with you both along with your wonderful family.
Brian Tremblay
November 15, 2011
Dear Judy, I was so sorry to hear about Dan's passing away. I know how difficult it must be for you and your family. Our prayers are with you. Love, Pauline & Guy Riley
November 15, 2011
Erin,
We are truly sorry about your loss, we share your pain and will be here for you when you get back for any support you might need. Your neighbors Hamdi and Selim Eslaquit.
Hamdi Eslaquit
November 15, 2011
Judy and Family: Words cannot express my sorrow in the passing of Dan. My memories will be forever; I was blessed to have had him in my life. He was the best "Papa" in the world.

To quote one of Dan's favorite songs:

"Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side"

I pray you find comfort in each other during this very difficult time.

Love,
Kathleen Goonan
November 15, 2011
Mrs. Goonan and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

Love,

Liz, Evan and Sara Sullivan
November 15, 2011
Mrs. Goonan, Erin, Ginger, Mike, Danny and Family,

We are very sorry for your loss - please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

All our love,

Krista & Greg Scarlett
Krista Scarlett
November 15, 2011
Ginger, Mom Judy, Danny, Michael, and Erin, Our thoughts and prayers have been with you every day during this difficult time. Your dad will be missed but wonderful memories of what a great person and loving father he was will live on forever. Love, Linda, Heather and Jake
Linda Marcoux
November 15, 2011
We have another bright star in the sky. My condolences in your loss.
Tom Goonan
Tom Goonan
November 14, 2011
May Ellie and I add our thoughts and prayers for you Judy and your family. I had the privelidge to serve with Danny both in the Detective Bureau and as officers in the Police Supervisors Union (MAPS). He was always a pleasure to meet and talk to. It seams that I never went away from seeing him with anything less than a smile and sometimes a good hearty laugh. He will be missed by his many friends. All our love.
Dick & Ellie Campbell
November 14, 2011
Dear Judy, Vi and Richard and families,
My condolences to all of you on your profound loss. Dan was a special, wonderful man. I remember his great kindness when my Father, Stephen, Dan's uncle, was ill and Dan visited for a day and said his goodbyes and was so kind and caring to Dad and my Mother.
Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Love and prayers from your cousin Stephanie Goonan Wall
Stephanie Wall
November 14, 2011
We are saddened by the news of Dan's passing. I do remember how good he was to our Father, Stephen Goonan, when he was dying and of his visit with our Dad. He was a good man. May he rest in peace and we wish peace and love to his family. Ken and Alice Goonan Woods
Allie Woods
November 14, 2011
Alice Goonan Woods
November 14, 2011
Erin/Martin & Family,

My deepest sympathy on the lost of your beloved family member. Cherish the life, the love and the memories shared. Keep them always in your heart!

May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Yvette Villodas
November 14, 2011
Ginger and family,

With time, precious memories settle into our hearts and minds, quietly waiting to be called upon, always willing to remind us...That the spirit of love never goes away. m.heath
May you find comfort at this difficult time.
Diane
November 14, 2011
Dear Judy and Family, we are so sad to hear of Dan's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. May you find peace and solace in your time of sorrow.
Karlene & Kevin Nolan
November 14, 2011
To the Goonan Family. We are so sorry to hear of Danny's passing. He will forever be in our prayers and thoughts. The time we had together was quality and I am grateful for his help on the Goonan genealogy project my father and I worked on. I know he is at peace with God. And one day we will all see him again. With Love Always, Ken Goonan and Family.
Kenneth Goonan
November 14, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Terry, Patsy, Ryan and Corey Hill
Terry and Patsy Hill
November 14, 2011
Dan meant a lot to me, and I was saddened by the news of his passing...he will be sorely missed by all. He had such a profound impact on my life as a young police officer. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your family.
Kenneth (Randy) Murby
November 14, 2011
We were so saddened by the news of Dan's passing. He was a mentor to me during our time serving together on the Manchester Police Department. We send our deepest sympathy and know that you all are in our prayers.
Gary and Sally Tibbetts
November 14, 2011
To ALL of the Goonan family, I want to express my sorry and to say that Dan was one of the best and I will miss not talking with him on a regular basis. God be with you all in your time of need. (Ollie)
Ollie Baker
November 14, 2011
We are sorry for your loss and will keep you all in our prayers.Dan a great man is now safe in the lords hands. Paul and Nanine O'Rourke
Paul and Nanine O'Rourke
November 14, 2011
Erin and her dad
Dear Family -

Such a wonderful gift to have known Dan - albeit for a season. The sparkle in his eyes couldn't be hidden - no matter how bushy his eyebrows. Quick to smile, quick to spin a tale - as Irish as they come. His legacy shines in his children and their children (his grandson Isaiah was a leprechaun this Halloween for goodness sake). Know that he is just around the corner; and time is just an illusion. We love you greatly.
Annette Super
November 14, 2011
Erin, we were very sad to learn of your Father's death. You, Martin, and the children have our deepest sympathy.
Greg & Judy Pensabene
November 14, 2011
Dear Mike, Beth and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We only knew your Dad for a short time but enjoyed his company and listening to him talk about the older days.
Mary & Tony Freitas
November 14, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike
and family.I worked with Danny many years
ago on MPD.

Dan Adkins
Waynesboro Tn.
Dan Adkins
November 14, 2011
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Marnie & Gregg Gordon
November 13, 2011
Dear Mike and family,

I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Martina
Martina Loughlin
November 13, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to Danny Goonan and his family. RIP Danny.
Diane Boucher
November 13, 2011
Dear Mike, Beth & Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Love, Cheryl, Tim, Chantal, Timmy & Paige
November 13, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss. Danny was a nice man... a really good person and we will all miss his great smile. Our prayers are with your family at this time. Bob and Sue Duffey, Gilford, NH
November 13, 2011
Judy and Family,
We were sorry to hear of Dan's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe and Judi Lanza
November 13, 2011
Danny: Sorry too read about your Dad's passing. He was a real nice person.
Denny Shea
November 13, 2011
Ginger,
"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." May your father's memory always live on. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Lindsay Percoski
November 13, 2011
Dear Goonan Family, I've known Danny since Mike died, you are so fortunate to have known him longer. What a guy!My condolences, some people are missed more because they meant more. He was one of those.
Mike Logue
November 13, 2011
I am very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Growing up he was not only a policeman but a true friend to a teenager in need of guidance. I have often thought of him through the years. He will be missed. Your family are in my thought and prayers.
Donna Bissonnette
November 13, 2011
Judy and FAmily,

Sorry to hear about the passing of Dan. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Lauretta Silva
November 13, 2011
Danny and Emily and family,
Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family. I remember your dad/grandfather watching the softball games at Wolfe Park... wonderful man! Always had a smile!
Barb,Erin, and Amy Keating
November 13, 2011
Ginger, What a wonderful gift for you and your Dad both to have been able to spend such great times together. he was loved so much and will be missed so much!
Janice Kirata
November 13, 2011
Diane Boucher
November 12, 2011
Ginger,
I pray your fathers memory will bring you joy and comfort during this time
Evan and Lisa
November 12, 2011
I pray you find comfort during this difficult time.
Evan and Lisa
November 12, 2011
Judy & family,

I am very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. He was an exceptional police officer with a great sense of humor. I consider myself very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him for many years. He will be missed.
Ed Garland
November 12, 2011
Ginger,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that your pain can be eased through your family, friends, and memories. God bless.
Brandi LaCroix
November 12, 2011
Ginger,
Hold tight to memories for comfort. Thinking of you and your family.
Matt and Shannon Jamrog
November 12, 2011
Mrs. Goonan & Family,

Sorry to hear of Dan's passing. My deepest sympathy to all of you. May you find peace in your memories of the many years you have shared.
Stephanie Vlangas-Piet
Stephanie Vlangas-Piet
November 12, 2011
Judy, I am shocked and saddened about the news. You know from the bottom of my heart the sadness I feel for you and your children. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rhonda Carmody
November 12, 2011
Dear Judy. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Susan Lavertu
November 12, 2011
Ginger,
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
-Amanda
Amanda Mansfield
November 12, 2011
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am so glad i was able to visit and really glad he was able to spend time with his newest grandbabies! God bless!
Sharon Dooley
November 12, 2011
Danny, That smile will alway's be rememberd!
November 12, 2011
Judy,
Thinking of you and your family at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kate
Kate Shackford-Kelley
November 12, 2011
Dear Mike, Beth,& Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepest sympathies to all of you during this difficult time. Love, Joe, Janice, Sara & Meagan Lachance
Joe & Janice Lachance
November 12, 2011
Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Dan was a wonderful person!
Sue (O'Dowd) & Frank Perry
November 12, 2011
Dear Judy, Rich and Vi, with our sincere sorrow and a tear in our eyes Madlyn and I send forth our condolences. I especially remember Dan as a toddler and young boy. It was our good fortune to have seen him last summer.
Roch & Madlyn Monchamp
November 12, 2011
To the family of Daniel Goonan:Dan was a great neighbor and very compassionate when my wife Pat passed away.He always said high and patted my two beagles when I passed your home on sunnyside st.I know He is in heaven now with Pat discussing how good his daughters were at dancing.God bless you all.Ron Morse,Delray Beach,Florida.
November 12, 2011
Couldn't ask for a more stand up guy! I am going to miss the conversations we had those early morning hours. Dave G.Auburn PD
David Garofano
November 12, 2011
Judy- So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. I know everything you had been going through and wish you and your family much sympathy.
Pam Urick
November 12, 2011
Judy I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Know that you are in my heart and my prayers.
DebGrant
November 12, 2011
Judy and Family,
Annette and I were sorry to hear of Dan's passing. We would like to extend our condolences during this time of sadness.
Joe & Annette Lang
November 12, 2011
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face.May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.
November 12, 2011
Judy - I'm so sorry to read of Dan's passing. I know how very much you loved him, and what a great husband, father, and grandfather he was to all of you. My prayers to you and yours for comfort and peace at this most difficult time
Jennifer Vattes
November 12, 2011
The members of the Retired Manchester Police Officers Association extend our sincerest condolences during this difficult time.

Dan was a true gentlemen and a great guy to work with. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

May it comfort you to know that he is at peace and will and watching down on you all.

— Retired Manchester Police Officers Association
November 12, 2011
I was deeply saddened to read of Dan's passing in the paper this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jack Murphy
November 12, 2011
Danny I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a fighter.

Deb (Allard) Butterworth
Deborah Butterworth
November 12, 2011
To the family of Daniel Goonan:
Dan was a great friend to my Dad(John Crotty) who recently passed away. I have great memories of he and my Dad from when I was a child when they were both on the police force together. The world has lost a very special person but I know that my Dad was there to meet him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow.
Maureen (Crotty) Hebert
November 12, 2011
Judy, we are so sorry for your loss. I've know Dan for most of my entire life having attended OLPH and Bradley with him . Then onto the Manchester Police dept . Dan was such a great guy and was just a great person to be around . Life was so much more enjoyable with him around . We will all miss him . Bob & Karen Stewart New Bern,NC
November 12, 2011
I am sorry to here about Danny. My thoughts are with you all. And I will coninue to say a pray for Danny.

Bill Trombly Davenport FL
November 12, 2011
Dear Judy and Family,
Dan is going to be deeply missed,he was a caring man with
a great sense of humor.Surely he is in heaven with Aunt Nan
and Uncle Mike.
Chick &Charlotte Bowers
Chick Bowers
November 11, 2011
Dear Judy & Family, Please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of Danny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Bob & Judy Pariseau
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