John P. Halloran, 87, of Hamilton, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018, surrounded by his loving family and cherished friends.
A longtime Hamilton resident, he was born in Cross East, County Mayo, a small village in the West of Ireland. Known in Ireland as “Jackie,” he left school at an early age to tend to his family’s farm. He performed odd jobs around the village and worked at the local sawmill before moving to the Dublin area, where he worked briefly as a painter in Bray, County Wicklow. Ultimately he realized that America offered the best opportunities for his future, and he came to Trenton in 1958.
John worked at Sears, Roebuck and Company for 32 years in the shipping and receiving department. Later, he worked at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, where he performed maintenance work throughout the campus. He worked alongside his wife, a longtime employee in the IAS dining hall, and they retired together in 1999. Never one to sit still, John returned to IAS a few weeks later and happily continued to work on the grounds until 2013. On Saturdays, he performed informal handyman jobs. If no jobs were available, he focused his endless energy on his own house, often knocking down walls or causing some other form of chaos to his wife’s dismay. Sundays were for church at Our Lady of Sorrows, where he was a faithful parishioner and usher for many years.
A genial Irishman, he was one of the earliest members of the Sons and Daughters of Erin and a constant presence in the Irish community. He attended many dances, ceilis, and parties over the years, where he sang and danced his heart out. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Trenton was a celebration to him, and he would march with pride down Hamilton Avenue, often carrying the banner of Connaught in honor of his home province in Ireland. He treasured his accordion, and shared his beautiful self-taught music with family and friends countless times through the years. His heart was always in Ireland, and his frequent trips home brought him much joy.
Predeceased by his parents, Michael and Rose (Lavin) Halloran; he is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Bridget “Dell” Halloran; his daughter and son-in-law, Colleen Halloran and Jamie Francomano; his grandsons, Sean and Noel Francomano; his sister, Rosaleen O’Connor of Headford, County Galway, Ireland; many cousins, nieces and nephews here and abroad; and faithful, steadfast friends who he considered his family.
Funeral services will begin on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ. Immediately following, his family invites you to raise a glass and celebrate his life at the Halloran home. Next week, John will make his final trip to Ireland and will be laid to rest in his beloved Cross East.
Visitation for friends and family will be held on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home.
The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to Brookdale Hamilton for the loving care and companionship they gave John in recent months and to Compassionate Care Hospice at Robert Wood Johnson for the comfort they provided in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in the hopes that John’s grandsons will know a world without this devastating disease.