• John P. Ahearn
    April 22,2014

    John P. Ahearn

    BENNINGTON — John P. Ahearn, 66, died April 17, 2014, in Bennington.

    He was born April 10, 1948, in New Brunswick, N.J., to Maurice K. and Ruth Van Allen Ahearn. He graduated from Piscataway High School in 1966. While in high school he was a talented athlete and standout wrestler. He attended Rutgers University. He served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, in Vietnam. He returned forever changed by this experience.

    He lived in Braintree, Waterbury and Barre before moving to Bennington. Even as a child, he enjoyed gardening, often competing with his older brother to see who could grow bigger and better vegetables. He enjoyed nature and sought peace fishing the streams and rivers in central Vermont. He raised Christmas trees while he lived in Braintree and always thought about his dream of farming. John had a constant curiosity about spiritual matters. He had a lifelong interest in coins and their historical significance. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 9 and Disabled American Veterans. In earlier years he spent time with his nieces and nephews and took much delight in them.

    He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by five brothers and sisters, Maurice K. Ahearn, of Sun City Center, Fla., Carol Haupt, of Randolph, Loretta Gaidys, of Barre, William Ahearn, of Barre, and Maria Ahearn-Hutchinson, of Northfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    A calling hour will be held on Tuesday, April 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Day Funeral Home in Randolph. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Randolph. Burial with military honors will be at a later date at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences can be left at dayfunerals.com.

    The family requests that you perform an act of kindness as a way to honor his memory.

    The family also wants to acknowledge the care and compassion shown to John by the staff at Washington Elms, the Bennington VA clinic, and Southwestern Vermont Health Care and Hospice. He was fortunate to have so many caring relationships at the end of his life.

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