Obituaries – October 6, 2017

George Hannan

August 30, 1936 – September 29, 2017

Annapolis, MD

Colonel (retired) George “Pete” Hannan,  81, a resident of Annapolis for 30 years, died Friday, Sept. 29 in his home.

He was born Aug. 30, 1936 in Newburgh to the late George and Ida Hannan.

Pete graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1959. He served honorably in the US Air Force with distinction in the 39th Air Search and Rescue Squadron while in Vietnam. He retired after 28 years of service.  He proudly earned the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with two Service Stars.

Pete is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Mary “Angel” Hannan; sons Pete Hannan Jr. (Robin) of Missouri and Michael Hannan (Laura) of Illinois; daughters Cathi Berns (Tom) of Missouri and Stacey McMahon (Michael) of Florida; cousin Tommy Olivia of Highland Falls; grandchildren  Michael, Connor, Sean, Ryan, Zachary, Jessica, David, Billy, Abby; and great grandchildren Rylie and Jack.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church. His hobbies included fishing, collecting toy soldiers and stamps, studying military history, genealogy, and traveling.

On Oct. 10, at Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel, 699 Washington Rd., West Point, a viewing at approximately 9 a.m., followed by a Catholic Mass at 10 a.m., with full military burial following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, Md. 21122.

James H. Willis

March 22, 1937 – September 26, 2017

Newburgh

James H. Willis passed away at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 26 after a long battle with Park-insons. He was 80 years old.

Son of the late John and Elizabeth Emmons Willis, he was born in Piscataway, NJ on March 22, 1937.

An Army “brat,” he grew up at West Point where his father was stationed.  He graduated from Highland Falls High School in 1955. In 1958, he married Marion Cole and they soon bought a house in Fort Montgomery where they raised their five children.  Jim had started a furniture business right out of high school and in 1960 became a manager at Silverman Furniture.  He later became the owner until his retirement.

Locally, Jim was a sergeant for the Town of Highlands Police, president of Little League, coach of the Little League Giants, and served on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Marion; sons James and wife Karen, John and wife Kathy; and daughters Kelly and husband Tom Azevedo, Karin and husband Ben Hogan, and Kimberly and husband Matt Dewalt.  He is also survived by two brothers and three sisters; seven grandchildren: Jimmy (Kristina), John (Kristina), Alex (Tom), Erik (Courtney), Luke, Peyton and Riley; and nine great grandchildren.

Jim was predeceased by his grandson Scott.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Fort Montgomery. Interment followed in Eagle Valley Cemetery, Town of Highlands.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations of a non-perishable food item to a local food bank or pantry.

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