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James Hannon, veteran, Erie County sheriff’s deputy

July 1, 1941 – April 12, 2013

James Hannon, of Springville, a retired law enforcement officer, died April 12 in JFK Medical Center, Lantana, Fla. He was 71.

Born in Springville and a graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute, Mr. Hannon served in the Army’s Military Police from 1963 to 1967. He was stationed in Aberdeen, Md., and helped to quell an uprising in the Panama Canal Zone.

After his military service, Mr. Hannon, who was known as “Moose” to his family and friends, became an officer in the former Springville Police Department until it was taken over by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department in the 1980s. Mr. Hannon then became a sheriff’s deputy. He retired in 1996.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, the former Janet Paul; two daughters, Amy Reynolds and Emily; four stepsons, Wayne DeGeorge, Paul DeGeorge, Jaime DeGeorge and Mark DeGeorge; two brothers, Maurice and Michael; and two sisters, Margaret Keeney-Fink and Kathleen Lunders.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. May 10 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 186 Franklin St., Springville.

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