Francis J. Hallahan, 1948-2018

S. LONDONDERRY, Vt. – Francis J. “Frank” Hallahan, 69, passed away suddenly at his home in South Londonderry June 24, 2018. Frank was born in Queens, N.Y., the son of Francis J. and Clare (Korndoerfer) Hallahan. He grew up in Queens Village and spent four years in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam era. After his stint in the Navy, he went on to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in international finance.

Frank had an interesting career working for the United Nations in Manhattan. He volunteered for, and was sent on, many U.N. missions in an administrative capacity. These missions took him on some precarious adventures to countries all over the world. Some included Africa, Cambodia, Kosovo, and Soviet Georgia. He made many friends along the way and often hosted them in the States. His family lived vicariously through his exploits, and they got to meet many wonderful people from overseas whom he invited to family celebrations.

Frank bought his house in South Londonderry in the late 1980s and worked on it for many years to get it the way he wanted. He enjoyed his retirement in his beloved house. He made many friends over the years and was known as a kind and generous man.

Frank had many interests and was well read. He loved books, in particular books on the history of religion and mythology. He had a knack for, and a keen interest in, languages and other cultures, even in retirement. Just last summer he studied advanced Italian in Padua and Rome. In October, he visited southern France, a place he visited many times.

He is survived by four sisters Clare Farragher (Liam) of Vero Beach, Fla.; Margaret Shea (the late Dennis) of Floral Park, N.Y.; Irene Kraft (Dennis) of Smithtown, N.Y. and Clearwater, Fla.; and Bernadette Jacoviello (Edward) of Stewart Manor, N.Y. He is the adored “Uncle Skip” to 11 nieces and nephews and their spouses and 22 grandnieces and grandnephews and many cousins.

A private family Celebration of Life will be held on Long Island. Memorial contributions may be made to Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad (LVRS), P.O. Box 911, Londonderry, VT 05148 or a local charity of your choice. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family: Irene Kraft, 6 Redan Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787.

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