Joseph E. Torhan Sr.

May 8, 1929March 6, 2021

Joseph Ernest Torhan, Sr., age 91, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday March 6, 2021.

He was born in Yonkers, NY on May 8, 1929, the son of the late Andrew and Mary Gilanyi Torhan . He was employed by the City of Yonkers Fire Department for 35 years, stationed at Engine 306 before retiring in 1991. He remained a member of the Yonkers Fire Department Retiree’s Association and was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. He served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict before being honorably discharged. Joseph was an avid sportsman who enjoyed watching his Grandsons participate in soccer, baseball, basketball, and rugby, rarely missing a game. He also enjoyed playing cards with his buddy Ralph and many others, and enjoyed his trips to the Turning Stone Casino.

Joseph was pre-deceased by his parents, his wife Mary Powers Torhan and his siblings Andrew, Florence, Mary, Elizabeth, and his twin bother John, as well as his brother-in-laws, Emil, Herbert, and Matthew. He is survived by his children Jeanne(John) Galvin, Joseph Jr., Barry, Barbara(Jack) Ray, and James(Francine), five Grandchildren, Kelly, Jack, Joe, Kevin, and Ryan, as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to his personal care aides, Susan, Joann, Louis, Lori, and Lexi who provided compassion, kindness, and care during the last few years of his life. You will never know how much the family deeply appreciated your efforts and kindness towards our father during his time of need. The family would also like to thank Mountain Valley Hospice in Gloversville, NY.

Funeral arrangements will be made by the Whalen & Ball Funeral Home in Yonkers, NY.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be made to a charity of ones choice.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 11, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, March 12, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, March 12, 2021


Joseph E. Torhan Sr.

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Achille Celio

March 12, 2021

The firefighters at E306 are sorry for your loss.
From your brothers at E306
Captain Achille Celio
E306 House Commander

New York Police & Fire Retiree Assoc.

March 11, 2021

From the members of the NYPFRA
Joe, "May you Rest in Peace"
To the family,
The membership is sorry for your loss.

Pat, Jeannette, Christopher & Andrew Hanifin

March 9, 2021

What loving caregivers you were as Grandpa remained in the comfort of home through the end of his days. We will always remember him fondly- gatherings of family & friends, sporting events, school activities, concerts, parades etc. He had a life well-lived and the love he had for his entire family was always evident. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

JoAnn Failing

March 9, 2021

My thought and prayers are with you all at the loss of your Dad and grandfather!
I had the privilege to help Joe through this transition of his life .h
He was One if the best supporters of our Toppers teams all through his grandchildren’s games of all kinds .
Rest In Peace Joe!

Susan Antalek

March 8, 2021

So sorry for your loss. It was an honor and privilege to know Joe and help him in his time of need. I will always remember are good times at the casino and playing cards. I learned a lot from him and enjoyed his stories. He was one of a kind and I will miss him .
Rest in peace Joe.

Harold & Betty Weaver

March 8, 2021

To Grandpa Joe's family, Our deepest sympathy to your family. Joe was a great guy and will always remember sitting with him at the baseball games on the hill cheering for our Toppers. RIP Joe.

David DeOliveira

March 8, 2021

The men from Station 6 have made a donation to Ronald McDonald House of Valhalla in memory of Joe.

Kim Torrance

March 7, 2021

So sorry for your loss .. what a great Dad you guys had.. In my memory he is always smiling even complaining about something Barb and I did he was smiling.. but my favorite memory of Mr. Torhan was how many times he asked me if he ever told me my Dad cheated when he played golf.. 😂😂🥰🥰🥰Rest In Peace .. Mr. Torhan


March 7, 2021

To the Torhan Family,

I had the privilege of starting my career with the YFD, assigned to Engine Company 306, where your Dad was the Senior Man. He was a gentleman, teacher, inspiration, friend, one of a kind, and example to all young men who learned so much from Joe. If you worked with Joe, you soon learned there were certain ways to accomplish tasks, and if they weren't to Joe's satisfaction, you did them over. That was his way of making sure you learned to do things correctly.

I continued to work with Joe for many years, in his squad, and he never waivered, he personified 306. He was a pleasure to work with and we always had good times. Please accept my sincere sympathy, during this most difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with the family. He may not be with us any longer, but I'll always remember your Dad, rest well my friend.

William and Donna. Pisano