Dennis Shannon, 85, a World War II Navy veteran and retired postal worker, died Friday in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born in the Old First Ward, and family members said he was a hard worker, delivering newspapers, assembling airplanes and working for Bethlehem Steel Corp. and as a scooper in the grain elevators before joining the Postal Service, initially as a mail carrier, in 1958. He retired from the Postal Service as a clerk in the Main Post Office on William Street in 1982.
During his retirement, he enjoyed sports and family activities. He was a New York Yankees fan.
During World War II, Mr. Shannon served in the Navy as an aviation machinist mate first class on the aircraft carrier USS Tripoli. During the war years, he was injured in a Jeep accident in California.
Family members said Mr. Shannon had an Irish wit and a gift for storytelling, especially about his life experiences.
His wife of 33 years, Gertrude Root Shannon, died in 1983.
Survivors include two sons, James D. of Jackson, N.J., and Michael R. of West Seneca; four daughters, Linda Malobecki of Cheektowaga, Joanne Kline of Buffalo, Barbara Pollutro of South Wales and Roberta Shannon-Kirby of China Grove, N.C.; a sister, Grace Kazimir of Amherst; 16 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Martin's Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road. Prayers will be said at 9 in Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home, 1820 Seneca St. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.