James B. Callanan

July 9, 1922July 29, 2013
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James(Jim)B. Callanan, 91, of Tyler, Texas passed away July 29, 2013. Jim was born July 9, 1922 in Somerville, Massachusetts. He graduated from Acton High School in Massachusetts and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, N.Y.

Jim served in the USN Submarine service during WWII on the USS Sailfish and on the USS Batfish. While serving on the Batfish he received the Presidential Unit citation for his participation of the sinking of three enemy submarines in three days. Jim is survived by his son Jim and wife Wanda Callanan of Wake Forest, NC. Also, survived by his daughter, Mary Callanan McCoy and husband, R. Lynn McCoy of Tomball, Tx: by grandchildren, Meghan Mulky and husband Jesse of Raleigh, NC, Drew Callanan and wife Jill of Raleigh, NC, Mary Caitlin Floyd and husband Jared of Augusta, Ga, Randy McCoy of Austin, Tx, Molly McCoy of Houston,Tx and Sam McCoy of Tomball,Tx; by great grandchildren Emily Nugent of Raleigh, NC, Caydence and Lorelei Floyd of Augusta, GA.

He was proceeded in death by spouse, Anna Cecelia Callanan and son John Francis Callanan and parents Thomas James Callanan and Mary Flanagan and grandson Thomas James Callanan.

He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather and loyal friend to many. Jim retired after 42 years of service at General Electric having worked in multiple locations, including Istanbul, Turkey. He enjoyed recognition, including the cover of Engineering Today for his accomplishments with the initial stacker crane development. He was a past commander of the WWII Submarine Veterans Organization, enjoyed theater, family, and friends. Jim was a lifetime supporter of education. He particularly enjoyed travels throughout the United States and Canada with his dear friend and companion, Barbara Froeschl. He recently participated in the Brookshire Freedom Flight for WWII Heroes.

As a goal oriented individual, Jim accomplished most of the dreams on his “bucket list.” We are certain that he achieved the final item of entering the gates of heaven.

The Reading of the Rosary will be Wednesday at 5:00pm with visitation following at Lloyd James Funeral Home until 7:00 pm.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday August 1, 2013 at 10:00 am at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. Inurnment will be take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tyler Catholic School Foundation P.O. Box 131175 Tyler TX 75713 or to Hospice Home Place 4111 University Blvd, Tyler TX 75701.



  • Funeral Mass Thursday, August 1, 2013
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, July 31, 2013


  • Visitation

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Marilyn (Doyle) Russell

September 10, 2013

Mary, I was so saddened to hear of your dad's passing. He was a true gentleman, a stellar man. Anytime I saw him, he would acknowledge me and give me a hug. I will miss seeing his smile at Mass. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you, I just found out this past weekend.

Cynthia Owers

August 20, 2013

My Mother and I wish to express our heartfelt condolences and sadness on the loss of our friend and neighbor of 11 years, Jim Callanan. We will miss our chats across the yard, catching up on the latest news. Jim was a great comfort to us during my Mom's illness in 2012 and he always had time for a wave and a smile. We know that his greatest adventure has just begun in his "homegoing" to Heaven. May God bless his family and loved ones. Jim, we'll see you again, one day, in our Lord's Kingdom. Katherine and Cynthia Owers

August 5, 2013

We are sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to visit with him, Anne and Barbara at the Batfish reunions. He will be dearly missed.

Raymond & Marion Birdsall and Fly.

William Whelan

August 1, 2013

As a member of the Tarheel Base of U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc. (Cary, NC), I extend condolences to Grandpa James' Family, particularly those in the Raleigh area. If we can be of any assistence during these times, please feel freee to holler.Be assured, Grandpa's oar is at rest. Chaplain Bill

Cindy Plummer

August 1, 2013

Jim was a a prince of guy and a gentle soul. What a wonderful, moving celeration of his life today- a fine send off for a fine man. Mike and I will miss him

Robert (steamboat) Fulton Jr

August 1, 2013

On Behalf of the Fulton family,We express our sorrow for the loss of a great shipmate and friend. Jim always held a special place in Dad's heart and as a family it was an honor to have shared time with him at the Batfish reunions. (even trying to play golf). This special friend will always be remembered fondly by our family and as a grand gentleman. Our thoughts are with the family and in our prayers.

Chaplain Ray Fritz

August 1, 2013

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), we offer our sincere condolences to all of Jim's family and friends as you mourn his passing. May God whisper peace to your hearts and comfort and heal them. We are grateful for his courageous and dedicated service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service during WWII, having made 3 War Patrols. We also recognize his service and support to SVWWII. "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country." -- Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

July 31, 2013

Sending our prayers at this special time.
Jim was a wonderful witness to God's love for all. He was a most gracious friend and a true gentleman. It has been a gift to know him.
God's blessings to you as you remember him.
Dwight "Sam" and Stephanie Hall

Lloyd James Funeral Home

July 30, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this time.