Our beloved Joseph William Ahern, 74, of Galveston, passed into the arms of our Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 8, 2012.
Joe was born August 20, 1937, in Boston, MA, the son of Patrick James Ahern and Eva Mary Schmitt Ahern. In 1941, the family moved to Louisville, KY. Their home on South Shelby Street remained in the family for the next 46 years. Joe attended grade school at Our Mother of Sorrows in Louisville, KY and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1956. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY in 1960 and his master’s degree in history from Niagara University in New York in 1967. Joe served his country in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1960 until 1966.
Joe’s true calling in life was as a teacher and coach. In 1962, he began his teaching and coaching career at Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem, NC. From 1967 to 1969, he taught and coached at De La Salle High School in New Orleans, LA, and from 1969 until 1975, he taught and coached at O’Connell High School in Galveston, TX. It was in Galveston that he met and married the love of his life, Phyllis, in 1971. In 1975, Joe became a marine investigator for Royston, Rayzor, Vickery, and Williams, retiring in 2000.
Joe had a heart for God. He was a dedicated and faithful member of First Lutheran Church. He served as President of the Vestry and taught Sunday school, a job he loved for many years. Joe received the honor of being named a Pillar of the Church in 2007.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Eva Ahern; and his mother- and father-in-law, Pauline and William Jones. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Phyllis Ahern; daughters, Kimberly Brouillard and husband, David; Sheila Mulvaney and husband, Dan; Anne Brockmann and husband, Jeff; and Bill Ahern and wife, Janine; grandchildren: John Brouillard, Joseph Brouillard, Katherine Brouillard, Sophie Mulvaney, Sam Mulvaney, Michael Brockmann, Stephen Brockmann, and Adam Ahern; sister, Patricia Kerrigan; nieces, Laura Kerrigan, Eileen Scully, and Lynn Beck; and numerous other special family members and dear friends.
His family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 11th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, January 12th, at First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie in Galveston, with Rev. Doug Guthier officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.
Pallbearers will be Bill Ahern, John Brouillard, Joseph Brouillard, Sam Mulvaney, David Brouillard, Dan Mulvaney, Jeff Brockmann, and Tony Cissell. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Brockmann, Stephen Brockmann, and Adam Ahern.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550, or to O’Connell High School, 1320 Tremont, Galveston, TX 77550.
“I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2.