Patrick Firman William Callahan

January 4, 1935April 12, 2019

COLUMBIA - A Memorial Mass for Patrick F.W. Callahan, 84, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at The Basilica of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. with a Rosary following until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mr. Callahan passed away Friday, April 12, 2019. Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota on January 4, 1935, he was the son of the late Firman Callahan and Joenetta Gebhardt Callahan. He moved to Columbia, SC in 1943. Patrick graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and was a medical laboratory technician, certified through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He retired from Richland Memorial Hospital as an MLT (ASCP) after many years. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of The Basilica of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America and the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are his wife, Mary Graham Callahan; brothers, Michael Callahan of Pawleys Island and Timothy Callahan of Chicago, IL; sisters, Kathleen Fowlkes of Columbia, Janice McGinty of Pawleys Island, Terry Hicks of Columbia, and Elizabeth Callahan of Pawleys Island. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Daniel Callahan. Memorials may be made to The Basilica of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly Street, Columbia SC 29201; or St. Peter’s Catholic School, 1035 Hampton Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. Memories may be shared at


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Patrick Firman William Callahan

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Stan and Kim Choy

April 17, 2019

Dear Mary, Kathleen and Callahan family......our deep sorrow and prayers for all of you. Kim and I were shaken when told at Adoration of Pat's sudden passing. We had just seen him the week before and as always after mass at St. Peter's he joked around with us before we parted. We shall miss him and his quips. Pat looked at Kim and asked, "Kim, is Stan behaving himself?" I interjected, "No Pat of course not. I need some things for confession".
Pat gave me a stern smile and advised, "Stan, whatever they are just don't overdo it".
Pat - we will miss you. In His most precious body and blood you, good and faithful servant served our Lord well.

Stan and Kim Choy

Marne Sherman

April 16, 2019

Pat was one of the kindest, sweetest, courteous and pious persons I have ever known. He always had a wrinkle in his eyes and made it a pint to chat with me at Mass. I will always remember his kindness. He was an earthly angel.

Sharon Bruce

April 16, 2019

Mary, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you remember the good times.

James & Martha Jollie

April 14, 2019

Mary, Martha and I are so very sorry to learn of your loss. You have our sincere sympathy and prayers. We are in Europe for two months and will not be able to be with you. Please know that our thoughts and love are with you. We will always have sweet memories of Pat. Jim and Martha

Avery Bartlett

April 14, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love always, Avery

Patti Marinelli

April 14, 2019

As a parishioner at St. Peter's, I was always so moved by Mr. Callahan's singing voice, particularly on those occasions when he served as cantor. He expressed such emotion and reverence; I felt closer to God through him.

God bless him now and his wife Mary, as well as the rest of his family.

Mark Husey

April 14, 2019

Patrick was the living, breathing definition of a fine, Christian, gentle man. Words fail to express the depth of his character and the lightness of his soul. He was one of our most faithful basses in the choir for decades, long preceeding my tenure there. He tirelessly worked behind the scenes to make his church, his town, his world a better place.

My love and prayers are with Mary, Kathleen, and all his loved ones.

Here's a treasured video of his singing "Eternal Father" with our men's schola in 2009.

Charles Brooks

April 13, 2019

I met Pat when I was in the 7th grade at St. Peter's and he was a Junior at Ursuline. Everyone knew, respected, and loved Pat. I used to ride the city bus home (out Forest Drive), and Pat would catch the same bus to ride out to Providence Hospital, where he worked part time, after school. He and I became friends, and have known each other since 1952. His whole family was involved in the school and the church, starting with his father, who I recall as having worked at St. Peter's. We have remained friends all these years …. some 67 years. Pat always had a smile, and some sort of funny comment to make to me.... always joking around with me. You could always count on Pat... he will be missed my so many. My love to his family and Mary.....
Charles J. Lehman-Brooks

Andrea Emiliani Berry

April 13, 2019

He was always a friendly devoted man of our beloved church .

He was an icon to many parishioners whom we have seemed throughout many years servicing our church family.

You will be missed 💜

Rose Vella Brown

April 12, 2019

Pat was such a dear, kind man who was devoted to his wife and his church. Always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. Pat will be missed by his family and in peace, dear friend. 🌹