Thomas Martin Kirrane, Sr.
August 27, 2021
Thomas Martin Kirrane, Sr. of Sandy Hook, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on August 27, 2021. He was 84 years old. Tom was born October 23, 1936, son of the late Roger and Margaret Kirrane in Rathbrennan, County Roscommon, Ireland, the first child born in the village. Tom was raised and worked on the family farm. He immigrated to the United States at age 19 and settled in Bridgeport, CT. He became a proud American citizen in March 1965. Tom worked as a wire drawer and floor manager at Kanthal in Bethel before going into business for himself painting homes and businesses. Tom was an exceptional bowler and loved to attend farm festivals and Irish gatherings. He cherished his grandchildren. Honest, hard work brought him peace. Tom married his wife, Sarah (Gill) Kirrane, on August 30, 1969 and moved to Sandy Hook in 1976 where together they raised five children. Tom was a devoted parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Newtown for 45 years. He steadfastly attended Mass and served the community as a Eucharistic minister. Tom was predeceased by his brother John Kirrane and his sisters Mary McEleny and Nora Kelly. Tom is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sarah Kirrane. He is also survived by his five children and nine grandchildren: his son Thomas Kirrane, Jr. and his wife Jeannette, of San Ramon, CA and their children Andrew, Rachel, and Brian; his daughter Mary Kirrane of Newtown and her children Patrick and Ashlynn; his daughter Patricia West and her husband Jim of Marlborough, CT and their children Sarah and Robert; his son John Kirrane and his wife Stacy of Newtown Square, PA and their children Eamon and Ennio; and his daughter Kathleen Kirrane of Newtown. Tom was also survived by his sister, Delia Canny of Trim, County Meath, Ireland.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 3rd at the Honan Funeral Home in Newtown from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown on Saturday, September 4th at noon. Interment will follow in St. Rose Cemetery. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Regional Hospice for the loving care they provided Tom. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Regional Hospice, Faith Food Pantry of Newtown, or Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services.
Published by Danbury News Times on Aug. 31, 2021.