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Francis Richard Ahern, Jr.

Hartford, Connecticut

April 4, 1949 - May 10, 2024

Francis Richard Ahern, Jr. Obituary

Francis R. Ahern, Jr., 75, passed away peacefully Friday, May 10th, 2024. Born April 4th, 1949 in Hartford, he was the beloved son of the late Francis R. Ahern, Sr. and Helen (McGurk) Ahern. Frank graduated from La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, New York and attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Frank graduated at the top of his class from the New England Institute of Applied Funeral Arts and Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts in 1972.


Frank promptly and proudly joined his father as a third generation funeral director at the Ahern Funeral Home in Hartford, founded by Frank’s great uncles in 1886.


In 1974, Frank moved to Unionville when his father purchased the Hangen Funeral Home. Frank quickly endeared himself to the people of Unionville and took great pride in establishing the Ahern Funeral Home as an essential part of the community. Frank’s sense of civic duty was exemplified by his time spent as a volunteer firefighter in his younger years with the Tunxis Hose Company No. 1.


For the last 50 years, Frank dedicated and devoted his life to serving the surrounding communities of Unionville and Hartford with the highest level of dignity, grace, and care.


Frank was sustained by his Catholic faith and was a lifelong parishioner and ardent supporter of The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, the mother church and seat of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Frank took particular delight in supporting the music program at The Cathedral, as well as the Archdiocese of Hartford.


Frank’s greatest honor was his award of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross in the 2019 conferral of Papal Honors, in recognition of distinguished support, and service to, the universal Church and The Holy See.


Frankie is survived by his sister Sary Ahern Jordan and her husband Michael; his nieces Jessica Mercuri and her husband Andrew, Jacqueline Jordan and her husband James Obletz; his nephew Jared Jordan and his wife Mary Beth; seven great nieces and nephews; his step-grandchildren Zachary, Jacob, Alexandra, and Joshua Daugherty and their mother Jackie.


Frankie loved, and was beloved by, the extended Ahern Funeral Home family, most especially Chris Foryan, Dave Grezlik, and Kelly Hall. Frank had great respect for, and formed many meaningful friendships throughout the years with clergy, including Father Kevin Donovan, Father Michael Dolan, and Father John Melnick.


Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on Thursday, May 16th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, May 17th at 10:30am in The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be in the family plot at Saint Mary Cemetery, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Sounds at The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06105 or to Tunxis Hose Company No. 1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, Connecticut 06085.


“If you take care of the business and the people, they will take care of you.”


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Francis Richard Ahern, Jr. hosted by Ahern Funeral Home, Inc.

Francis R. Ahern, Jr., 75, passed away peacefully Friday, May 10th, 2024. Born April 4th, 1949 in Hartford, he was the beloved son of the late Francis R. Ahern, Sr. and Helen (McGurk) Ahern. Frank graduated from La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, New York and attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Frank graduated at the top of his class from the New England Institute of Applied Funeral Arts and Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts in 1972.


Frank promptly and proudly joined his father as a third generation funeral director at the Ahern Funeral Home in Hartford, founded by Frank’s great uncles in 1886.


In 1974, Frank moved to Unionville when his father purchased the Hangen Funeral Home. Frank quickly endeared himself to the people of Unionville and took great pride in establishing the Ahern Funeral Home as an essential part of the community. Frank’s sense of civic duty was exemplified by his time spent as a volunteer firefighter in his younger years with the Tunxis Hose Company No. 1.


For the last 50 years, Frank dedicated and devoted his life to serving the surrounding communities of Unionville and Hartford with the highest level of dignity, grace, and care.


Frank was sustained by his Catholic faith and was a lifelong parishioner and ardent supporter of The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, the mother church and seat of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Frank took particular delight in supporting the music program at The Cathedral, as well as the Archdiocese of Hartford.


Frank’s greatest honor was his award of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross in the 2019 conferral of Papal Honors, in recognition of distinguished support, and service to, the universal Church and The Holy See.


Frankie is survived by his sister Sary Ahern Jordan and her husband Michael; his nieces Jessica Mercuri and her husband Andrew, Jacqueline Jordan and her husband James Obletz; his nephew Jared Jordan and his wife Mary Beth; seven great nieces and nephews; his step-grandchildren Zachary, Jacob, Alexandra, and Joshua Daugherty and their mother Jackie.


Frankie loved, and was beloved by, the extended Ahern Funeral Home family, most especially Chris Foryan, Dave Grezlik, and Kelly Hall. Frank had great respect for, and formed many meaningful friendships throughout the years with clergy, including Father Kevin Donovan, Father Michael Dolan, and Father John Melnick.


Friends may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 180 Farmington Avenue, Hartford on Thursday, May 16th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, May 17th at 10:30am in The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford. All are kindly asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be in the family plot at Saint Mary Cemetery, East Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Sounds at The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06105 or to Tunxis Hose Company No. 1, P.O. Box 215, Unionville, Connecticut 06085.


“If you take care of the business and the people, they will take care of you.”


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Francis Richard Ahern, Jr. hosted by Ahern Funeral Home, Inc.

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