Francis Xavier 'Boots' Hannon Sr.

November 18, 2012|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun

Francis Xavier "Boots" Hannon Sr., who fought in Normandy, France, during World War II and drove a streetcar for many years, died of pneumonia at St. Agnes Hospital on Wednesday. The Catonsville resident was 91.

Mr. Hannon, who grew up with his 12 siblings in Irvington, served in the Army's 8th Infantry Division, 8th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop and saw battle in Normandy, Central Europe and the Rhineland.

After returning from the war, Mr. Hannon drove a streetcar along the No. 8 line between Baltimore and Catonsville. When streetcars went out of service, Mr. Hannon remained with the Maryland Transit Administration and drove a bus along the same route, recalled Carlene Hannon, a daughter-in-law.

He met his wife, the former Dorothy Kaehler, when he was 14 years old, Mrs. Hannon said. The couple was married for 66 years until Dorothy Hannon's death in 2009.

"When he died, he said he couldn't wait to go to heaven to see Dorothy," Mrs. Hannon said.

Mr. Hannon was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Agnes post in Catonsville, and the American Legion Dewey Lowman Post 109. With his brothers, he organized a gift drive for the needy from Five Oaks Swim Club in Catonsville at Christmas each year.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mark's Church in Catonsville, where Mr. Hannon was a communicant.

Mr. Hannon is survived by his daughters, Patricia Lambis of Silver Spring, Jane Margaret Hayes of Catonsville and Catherine Colleen Haspert of Woodbine; his son, Francis Xavier Jr. of Halethorpe; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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