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John Rahill, former DARE program director

john-e-rahillApril 5, 1928 - Nov. 3, 2016

John E. “Jack” Rahill, a dedicated volunteer and community leader in Hamburg, died in his Village of Hamburg home on Nov. 3, after a short illness. He was 88.

A father of 10 who was active in his faith and community, he was a 4th degree member of the Hamburg Knights of Columbus for 40 years, serving as Grand Knight for two terms and leading countless community events, many of which endure today as local traditions. He also was a friend and advisor to local political leaders and was a member of the Hamburg Zoning Board for 20 years.

"He was a man with 10 kids to feed and put through school, but he still found time for activities to help the community," said one of his sons, Sean Rahill. "He liked to be involved and active."

Known for his booming voice, he worked in marketing for several local companies before spending the last 10 years of his working life as director of the town’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. He retired in 2007 but continued to keep busy with volunteer activities. He enjoyed spending time with his 31 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Born into a well-known North Buffalo family, Mr. Rahill was educated at Canisius High School and Canisius College. He served in the Army during the Korean War before beginning a career in marketing. Over the decades, he used his abilities to help companies sell shoes, paints, rail transportation services and other products.

In younger days, he loved playing softball.

His wife of 53 years, Barbara Louise Hausle, died in 2005. Mr. Rahill is survived by four daughters, Colleen Beuler, Debbi Kovacs, Margaret Duszynski and Erin Fierro; and six sons, Timothy, Dennis, Christopher, Patrick, Seamus and Sean.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Nov. 9 at St. Bernadette's Church in Orchard Park.


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