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Malverne Deputy Mayor James Callahan Dies at 42

Malverne mourns the loss of leader and father of four.

Malverne Deputy Mayor passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 42 at a local hospital.

Callahan had spent the past seven weeks at North Shore University Hospital after on April 9. During his stay, doctors discovered Callahan had an aggressive form of cancer, as well as further complications that impeded his recovery.

He died at 2:45 p.m. on May 26, with family and friends at his side. Malverne Mayor Patricia Norris McDonald, who had that Callahan's condition was "grave," sat bedside along with other members of the village board, police and DPW in recent days.

Trustee Joseph Hennessy, who first started working with Callahan 12 years ago when Jim was a village prosecutor, said his goodbyes last week.

"I told him we fought a lot of good fights and did a lot of good things for the village," Hennessy said. "Jim's background in law and dedication to the village made him an important part of this board...His talent will be hard to replace."

Trustee Jack O'Brien said Callahan's sudden health decline came as a shock to him, adding, "It was too quick for a young man."

Only days before Callahan had suffered his first stroke, he was sworn in for his fourth term on the village board by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. (Callahan also worked for Mangano as the County's Commissioner of Emergency Management.) 

Mangano issued the following statement Thursday night: "Well-respected among the community and emergency preparedness industry, Jim Callahan's dedication to keeping Nassau County safe and prepared in this ever-changing world deserves the highest recognition and sincere gratitude of our residents.  This is a tragic day for the County of Nassau as we mourn the loss of a great public servant."

"It was a loss for the County as well as the village and Jim's family," O'Brien said.

In addition to being a great leader, many residents will remember Callahan as a wonderful family man, a devoted husband and father to his children, Thomas, 12, Katherine, 9, Elizabeth,6, and Christina, 3. For most, their last memory of Callahan will be when he thanked his family and his wife, Patricia, during his induction speech.

"I wouldn't say I'm great by any stretch of the means, but behind this man is my great wife, Patricia," Callahan said. "Without her constant support I wouldn't be able to do the things I do. Thanks for understanding me, putting up with me and I love you."

Trustee Hennessy said that the village would hold a special tribute to Callahan but plans had not been made yet.

"The village board stands ready to do anything to help Patricia and the kids," he added. "Our hearts go out to them."

Regina Rochford May 27, 2011 at 02:14 AM
Our deepest regrets to Patricia and her children. Jim will be missed in the village and more important among his family members. Regina Rochford and Frank Rush
josephine maietta May 27, 2011 at 02:37 AM
My prayers and sincerest condolences to the family. Faith and strength for the years ahead. God bless. So very sorry. Josephine ,West Hempstead
Danielle May 27, 2011 at 03:47 AM
Jim was our neighbor our representive our sounding board our supporter. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to our community. You were our every man family man. You were passionate and compassionate and you were sincere in your endeavors. You were too young to pass on, but in your short 42 yrs. you left a legacy of true grit and self realization, you always stood up for yourself... whether it was popular or not, you stuck to your convictions, and you will not be forgotten. Thank you Jim for giving so much to the community that you loved. In the coming days, I know many will learn of your generosity, convictions and many acts of kindness that truly reflect the grace of a man. Jim Callahan, husband father and public servant. May the road rise to meet you. The McCarrens Malverne, NY.
Robert Powers May 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim and the family. He will never be forgotten.
janet grech May 27, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Jim, thank you for all you have done for our beautiful little village. You served our community well and did a wonderful job in Malverne. You are gone much too soon, you will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Patricia and children and the entire Callahan and Canzoneri families.
diane jessup May 27, 2011 at 09:19 PM
We will truly miss our dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Patricia and the children May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be ever at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face And the rain fall softly on your fields And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand Hope u find your lost shaker of salt! Love The Jessup Family
DrDivorce May 27, 2011 at 10:24 PM
Nice Guy, sorry to hear this. He and his family will be in our prayers.
Jeanne May 28, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family- wishing you peace and strength in the days ahead. Our gratitude and all he did for our lovely community. The Troha Family, Malverne
Susan Murphy May 30, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family....The John & Susan Murphy Family
James Collins May 31, 2011 at 12:15 AM
I am shocked beyond words to hear of Jim's passing. I had the honor of working with him in Nassau County government. He was a fine man and a great public servant. My prayers go to him and his family always. James Collins Floral Park
Elizabeth Leo May 31, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Tricia - I was so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I know there is nothing I could say to ease the pain you are feeling now, but please know that our prayers are with you and your family. I know you will continue to see Jim's goodness and love in each of your children as they grow and I hope that, in time, that provides you with some level of comfort. God Bless - Elizabeth and Charlie Leo, Shavertown, PA
barbara patton May 31, 2011 at 08:21 PM
What an incredibly wonderful young man. Smart, humble and selfless... May God be with you and your family. Blessings, Barbara Patton Gene Shannon

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