Michael J Ahearn Jr

July 12, 1929August 21, 2012

NORWICH - Michael J. Ahearn, 83, died on Tuesday at Norwichtown Care and Rehab Center. He was born in Norwich on July 12, 1929 to the late Michael J. and Gertrude (Snook) Ahearn-the youngest of six children. Michael left high school to join the army at the end of WW II and was stationed in Alaska. He returned to graduate from NFA. He moved to NYC to become an actor and met his wife of 23 years, Judy Bonnallie. As a family man he launched his career in the newspaper business, landing a job at the Hartford Courant, then moving back to Norwich to work as a reporter at the Norwich Bulletin and finally, working as an editor at the New London Day, retiring in 1994.

Mike was kind and charming and had a great, corny sense of humor. He loved walking in the woods, dogs and playing with his grandchildren. Stanley DeCoster of Salem, a friend and former colleague of Michael at The Day, said: He was an avid golfer for much of his life and here, as in other areas, he had some original thoughts. He always said golf courses should be 14 holes instead of 18 because he used to become tired and his game suffered over the last four holes.There should be a front seven and a back seven, he would say. Always upbeat, Mike would console a red-faced, frustrated golfer who hit a dribbler off the tee. "At least you're out there," he said, without a tinge of sarcasm.

Michael Bagwell of Niantic, also a former Day employee and friend of Michael, noted that Michael's career spanned a revolution in the newspaper business when it went from reporters using manual typewriters to the computers of today. "I never knew Michael to say an unkind word about anyone," Bagwell said. "He was greatly loved and respected."

Michael is survived by his Daughter, Beth Ahearn and her husband, Chris O’Neil of Freeport, Maine; his son, Michael J. Ahearn III and his wife Tina; his ex-wife, Judy Ahearn; and grandchildren Kelsey, Madison and Michael J. Ahearn, and Connor and Katelyn O’Neil. Michael is predeceased by his son, William and his girlfriend, Connie Moor.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 24th at 2:00 at Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem Street, Norwich, CT. A calling hour will be held from 1:00 to 2:00. Burial will follow the service at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Altzheimer’s Association,

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September 14, 2012

i had the pleasure of meeting mike when he lived at sheltering arm' dad paul watson also lived there and i often found them sitting outside in the sun.mike never turned down a ride to the waterfront or a cup of coffee.he was truly a gentleman and i'm sure that he will be missed .phyllis lunato

Roger Zotti

August 26, 2012

Please accept my condolences...I'd meet Mike from time to time and we'd chat as if we'd seen each other the day before...

Emmett and Kathy Ahearn

August 25, 2012

May Ahearn friends comfort you,
Faith uphold your family, and
Loving memories heal your hearts.

With our sympathy,

john garofalo

August 25, 2012

our condolences to the family.we met mike here in florida some time ago and shares many visits and get-togethers..he was a very kind person and i enjoyed talking sports with him.. i last was with mije in my home three winters ago..god bless and be at peace mike..john garofalo

Gail B. MacDonald

August 24, 2012

Sincere condolences to Mike's family. I have such fond memories of Mike from when I was a young reporter at The Day. He was a diligent and exacting editor, yet so cheerful and upbeat. He endeared himself to all reporters and I can still hear him calling across the newsroom: "I have just one more question."

John Ahearn

August 23, 2012

My sympathy to Michels relatives I never saw Michael too often. He was an upbeat guy and not a bad golfer an good joke teller
I'm glad I knew him

August 23, 2012

Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Mike, father, grandfather and friend. We will always remember his wonderful smile.
Herb and Bette Peck

Lori Taylor

August 23, 2012

Dear Beth, and family, please accept my deepest condolences for the passing of your dad. I know how sad you are, but know he is an angel on your shoulder, and you will always have him to protect you until you meet up again in heaven. I know he will be missed.
Your old friend
Lori Krieger Taylor


August 23, 2012