Joseph William Ahern

August 20, 1937 - January 8, 2012
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Our beloved Joseph William Ahern, 74, of Galveston, passed into the arms of our Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 8, 2012.

Joe was born August 20, 1937, in Boston, MA, the son of Patrick James Ahern and Eva Mary Schmitt Ahern. In 1941, the family moved to Louisville, KY. Their home on South Shelby Street remained in the family for the next 46 years. Joe attended grade school at Our Mother of Sorrows in Louisville, KY and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1956. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY in 1960 and his master’s degree in history from Niagara University in New York in 1967. Joe served his country in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1960 until 1966.

Joe’s true calling in life was as a teacher and coach. In 1962, he began his teaching and coaching career at Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem, NC. From 1967 to 1969, he taught and coached at De La Salle High School in New Orleans, LA, and from 1969 until 1975, he taught and coached at O’Connell High School in Galveston, TX. It was in Galveston that he met and married the love of his life, Phyllis, in 1971. In 1975, Joe became a marine investigator for Royston, Rayzor, Vickery, and Williams, retiring in 2000.

Joe had a heart for God. He was a dedicated and faithful member of First Lutheran Church. He served as President of the Vestry and taught Sunday school, a job he loved for many years. Joe received the honor of being named a Pillar of the Church in 2007.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Eva Ahern; and his mother- and father-in-law, Pauline and William Jones. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Phyllis Ahern; daughters, Kimberly Brouillard and husband, David; Sheila Mulvaney and husband, Dan; Anne Brockmann and husband, Jeff; son,Bill Ahern and wife, Janine; grandchildren: John Brouillard, Joseph Brouillard, Katherine Brouillard, Sophie Mulvaney, Sam Mulvaney, Michael Brockmann, Stephen Brockmann, and Adam Ahern; sister, Patricia Kerrigan; nieces, Laura Kerrigan, Eileen Scully, and Lynn Beck; and numerous other special family members and dear friends.

His family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 11th, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, January 12th, at First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie in Galveston, with Rev. Doug Guthier officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.

Pallbearers will be Bill Ahern, John Brouillard, Joseph Brouillard, Sam Mulvaney, David Brouillard, Dan Mulvaney, Jeff Brockmann, and Tony Cissell. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Brockmann, Stephen Brockmann, and Adam Ahern.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, TX 77550, or to O’Connell High School, 1320 Tremont, Galveston, TX 77550.

“I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? My help will come from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2.

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Born: August 20, 1937
Died: January 8, 2012

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Karen McMullen posted on 11/30/-1

Mrs. Ahern and Family- I am so sorry to hear that Mr. Ahern died. We lost my Dad "Bill" McMullen on 1/5/2012 and I find it ironic both men were so active in the church and passed away within a few days of one another. I still remember his voice and walking around First Lutheran. I will keep you all in my prayers. Karen McMullen


Deanna Barousse posted on 11/30/-1

Ahern Family: I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I pray that God will help you in your grief.


Pat Morgan posted on 11/30/-1

I am so sorry! I just learned of your loss. Joe was so sweet. I wish I had known sooner. Love, hugs and prayers for you and your sweet family.


Margaret and Don Laverentz posted on 11/30/-1

Phyllis and family, what wonderful peace to all of you knowing your loved one is in the arm of His Father. Warm thought and love, Margaret and Don


Elizabeth Cogwin posted on 11/30/-1

I had the honor of having Coach Ahern as a teacher in both Junior High and High School. He was the best!


David Kusnerik posted on 11/30/-1

In addition to being Coach, Joe was also my civics teacher at O'Connell. I remember seeing him at one of our recent class reunions. He was a great guy and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


MIchael S. Moriarty posted on 11/30/-1

I had the pleasure of meeting "Coach" 42 years ago. I have seen occasionally over the years and he always had a smile and a good word. I am proud to have known him!


Tom Mackey posted on 11/30/-1

Joe was a great inspiration for for so many of us as students. He taught me the game of basketball which I knew he loved. He wsa also a good history teacher. As a coach he instilled in me discipline and hard work and made a difference in my life. He will be sadly missed. God bless Joe Ahern.


Scott Kusnerik posted on 11/30/-1

Sheila, I am sorry for your loss. Coach was a good man and a good neighbor. I will keep you in my prayers


Eric and Hilda Boyce posted on 11/30/-1

Joe and Phyllis sponsored us as new members at First Lutheran about four years ago. They accepted and welcomed us without knowing us well. An act of love that we treasure. Not many folks truly earn the comment "he was a good man"...Joe well...he was truly a good man. God bless.


Frank Montalbano posted on 11/30/-1

It is with great sadness we learned of the passing of Mr.Ahern. He was a great family man who will truly be missed by his friends and family.May God be with the Ahern family. Sincerely, The Montalbano's


Laurie Heffernan-Cioppa posted on 11/30/-1

My thoughts and prayers are for you all during this time. Coach Ahern had such a tremendous influence on so many young people, mentoring both on the court, in the classroom and in life. He will remain forever in so many hearts. Joe, you will be missed!


Mary Davison Hutton posted on 11/30/-1

I am saddened to hear of (what I will always call him 'Coach' Ahern) his passing. He was a wonderful teacher and made a lasting impression on me. Many years after left teaching he still remembered his students. May he rest in peace.


Tommy Forester posted on 11/30/-1

Coach Ahern took on the dubious task of coaching our ninth grade football team at Oconnell in what what his last year of coaching in 1975. He was saddled with a lack of talent and our record was less than stellar. In retrospect Coach taught us some very valuable life lessons that fall. He taught us about the neccesity to perservere in life. The need to get up after you get knocked down. The willingness to continue to work hard even when things were not going well. He also taught us to show some character and integrity and keep trying even when we wanted to quit. It turns out that we all learned a lot that fall. It wasnt fun but it was a valuable experience and Coach Ahern guided us through it with the quiet class and dignity that he carried through his life. Thank you Coach and Godspeed.


Bill "Duke" Earl posted on 11/30/-1

Ahern Family - It was with profound sorrow that I learned of the passing of the man I knew 47 years ago as "Coach Ahern". I am honored to say that I played on Coach Ahern's Bishop McGuiness teams, and he has truly remained a father-figure for me throughout my life. As one of the few black players on that team during the era of segregation in N.C., Coach Ahern stood out as a man who not only personified virility but who also modeled the spiritual virtues of his namesake, St. Joseph. I cannot express how blessed I am to hold his memory in my heart. My thoughts and prayers will remain with you all daily.