John J. Callahan

January 18, 2002

Callahan – in Woburn, formerly of Medford, January 18th, John J., at the age of 97, devoted husband of the late Susan A. (Colgan) Callahan. Beloved father of Mary A. Eckstein and her husband Werner of Woburn. Loving grandfather of Carla Boehm of Londonderry, NH, and Gregory W. Eckstein of Andover, and great-grandfather of Katie, Alyssa, Erica, and Sara Boehm and Matthew Gregory Eckstein. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, January 21st, at 10:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 118 High Street, Medford, at 11. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home Monday morning from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Please omit flowers. If desired, remember him with a donation to your favorite charity or with a silent prayer. Late Special Agent, U.S. Treasury Dept., late member Knights of Columbus and N.A.R.F.E.

OBITUARY:

John J. Callahan, a longtime resident of Medford, passed away in Medford early Friday, January 18th, at the age of 97. He was the husband of the late Susan A. (Colgan) Callahan, who died in 1973.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Daniel J. and Ellen (O’Connell) Callahan. He graduated from high school in Cambridge, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Bentley College. He continued his education at Harvard, and had a lifelong love of learning.

Mr. Callahan was married in 1929 and took up residence in Medford, where he resided until 1999, when he became a resident of Country Club Heights in Woburn. In recent months, since he suffered a broken hip, he had been confined to a nursing home in Medford.

Since 1934 until he retired in the early 1960’s, Mr. Callahan was employed by the U.S. Treasury Department as a Special Agent. After his retirement he continued to attend trials at the Federal Court House and remained very quick-witted and interested in a variety of subjects.

He loved to sing, often entertaining his neighbors at Country Club Heights, with “Danny Boy” being a favorite. He had a keen interest in history, theater, and poetry, and could recite Shakespeare by the hour. He attended plays until this past July, when he suffered a broken hip.

In earlier years, he served as a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed hiking throughout his life. Until recent months he enjoyed daily walks.

A member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, he also held membership in the Knights of Columbus in Cambridge.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary A. Eckstein and her husband Werner of Woburn, two grandchildren, Carla Boehm of Londonderry, NH, and Gregory Eckstein of Andover; and five great-grandchildren: Katie, Alyssa, Erica, and Sarah Boehm, and Matthew Gregory Eckstein.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, January 21st, at 10:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 118 High Street, Medford, at 11. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Monday morning from 9 to 10:15 a.m., prior to the funeral.

Please omit flowers. If desired, remember him with a donation to your favorite charity or with a silent prayer.

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