BRANFORD – Father John S. Ahern, a son of the late James and Anna Ahern, died on Dec. 7, 2012, at the Connecticut Hospice in Branford.
He was born on Dec. 28, 1925, in New Haven. He entered St. Thomas Seminary in 1946 and completed his studies at Christ the King Seminary, the former St. Bonaventure University, in East Aurora, N.Y.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1954, by Bishop John F. Hackett in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
He was an assistant at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Washington Depot, St. Mary in Unionville, St. Patrick and St. Anthony in Hartford, St. Michael in Beacon Falls and St. Mary in Newington between 1954 and 1976. He was named pastor of St. Michael Parish in Beacon Falls in November 1976, and stayed there until he became pastor, in February 1989, of Immaculate Conception Parish in Norfolk.
He retired on July 31, 2004.
Father Ahern is survived by his brother Donald Ahern, his sister Jeanne Hines, and nieces and nephews He was predeceased by sisters Julia Lang, Vera Reynolds, Margaret Heffernan and Rita Borger.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Seymour. Burial followed in St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven.
Contributions in memory of Father Ahern may be made to the Archdiocese of Hartford Fund for Retired Priests and Religious, 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105-3784.