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John Ahearn

April 29, 1943 - May 19, 2013
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John Ahearn, age 70, died at 23:58 on May 19, 2013. John was born in Irvington, NJ and grew up in Union and Toms River, NJ. He graduated from Union High School and Upsala College before obtaining his Masters in Public Health from The University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Following graduation and marriage to his wife Dean in 1969, he entered the U.S. Army as a Captain serving as Post Entomologist at both Fort Benning (1969) and Fort Bragg (1971-1973), and Chief of the 172nd Preventive Medicine Unit, Chu Lai, Vietnam (1970-1971). After discharged from the U.S. Army, John was employed as Director of the Northhampton County Health...
John Ahearn, age 70, died at 23:58 on May 19, 2013. John was born in Irvington, NJ and grew up in Union and Toms River, NJ. He graduated from Union High School and Upsala College before obtaining his Masters in Public Health from The University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.

Following graduation and marriage to his wife Dean in 1969, he entered the U.S. Army as a Captain serving as Post Entomologist at both Fort Benning (1969) and Fort Bragg (1971-1973), and Chief of the 172nd Preventive Medicine Unit, Chu Lai, Vietnam (1970-1971). After discharged from the U.S. Army, John was employed as Director of the Northhampton County Health Department in Jackson, NC. In 1975, John joined the U.S. Public Health Service at the rank of Major. John retired in 2001, having been promoted to Colonel, and having served with the Indian Health Service in Crownpoint and Albuquerque, NM, and with the FDA in Houston, TX.

John had a life long passion for the outdoors and was an avid biker, boater, fisherman and hiker. But he also enjoyed opera, ballet, music, theater, reading, politics (especially the debating) and just talking to people. Retirement time was enjoyed fully.

John's 1st church home is The Woodlands Church, The Woodlands, TX, where he had been a long time member, and served as the leader of a Bible Study Small Group for 7 years. He also volunteered with the Homeless and Hungry, Bulletin Stuffing and Ushering Ministries. John's 2nd church home (where he spent his summers) was with Toms River Community Church in Toms River, NJ, here he also served with the Ushers Ministry.

John also actively supported many organizations including Operation Smile, Living Waters, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, Mt. Vernon, Shaker Village KY, Willamsburg VA, and numerous environmental groups.

John was predeceased by his parents John Vincent and Mildred Ahearn. He is survived by his wife Dean, son John Patrick Ahearn, daughter Lisa Brown, their spouses Faiza Ahearn and Daniel Brown, his grandchildren Isa, Haroun and Minnah Ahearn, as well as his sister, Jean Dempsey and husband Jack. The family would like to express our gratitude for the compassion and care John received from the staff at St. Lukes Hospital, The Woodlands, especially to the ICU nurses and doctors who cared for John.

Following services at The Woodlands Church, John will be returned to NJ for a Memorial Service at Toms River Community Church. John will be laid to rest in Finn's Point National Cemetery, Salem, NJ. This was John's special request.

In lieu of sending flowers, you may send a donation to Operation Smile, Habitat for Humanity, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council or any of the foundations listed above in John's name. Thank you.

"Dear Ahearn family, I remember meeting Mr. Ahearn during John and Faiza`s wedding in Chicago and the Woodlands. You have a beautiful family and should be so..." Anisa MALIK

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