James P. Honohan
James P. Honohan
  • October 14, 1933 - November 26, 2017
  • Fairhaven, Massachusetts

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James P. Honohan peacefully passed away at St. Luke's Hospital on November 26, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. His death was due to complications from pneumonia as well as a serious fall. Jim was only 84 years old, but the living he put into those years was commendable. Born October 14, 1933 to Henry M. Honohan of County Cork, Ireland, and Emily (Mullin) Honohan of New Bedford, MA, Jim lived his entire life in Fairhaven, MA.

A 1951 graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School, he became a licensed electrician. Jim began his illustrious career at Acushnet Company as an electrician's apprentice. In his 44 years with Acushnet Company Jim held many positions, climbing to Vice President of Operations. Referred to as "Mr. Titleist" by some, he retired in 1995, leaving behind a legacy of achievements too voluminous to list. Two notables are the construction of Titleist Ball Plant II, and the acquisition of the current worldwide headquarters in Fairhaven, MA.

Jim married Marianne Toussaint in 1956 and were happily married until Marianne's passing in 2012. Also in 1956 Jim enlisted in the United States Army, serving for two years.

Jim picked up the nickname "Rip" from his friends at the Fairhaven Varsity Club. He and other club members built the current building on Adams Street, with Jim doing all of the electrical work.

Jim's community involvement includes board of trustees of the Millicent Library, the Fairhaven School Committee, serving as a representative on the Regional Vocational High School Planning Committee, chairman of the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School District Committee, the Fairhaven School Building Committee which oversaw the planning and building of the original Leroy Wood School in Fairhaven, St. Luke's Hospital Board of Trustees, and was an associate wiring inspector for the town of Fairhaven. He was also a member of the Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation, and in 1993 was inducted into the New Bedford Area Business Hall of Fame.

Jim was known for his philanthropy through the years, generously donating money and services to countless local, national, and international charities, churches, food pantries, and educational services.

Predeceased by his parents and his brothers Henry, Andrew, John, and Robert, Jim is survived by his sister Eileen Cyr of Fairhaven, daughter Heidi Winnett and her husband Scott of Fairhaven, granddaughter Meredith of Summerville, S.C. and grandson Matthew currently stationed in Mississippi with the U.S. Navy. Survivors also include many dear nieces and nephews, and his close friend Florence Gamache of Fairhaven.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 3 to 8pm in the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at FAIRLAWN, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven. Funeral Mass will be Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11am in St. Joseph's Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven followed by burial in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Macular Degeneration Research, 2212 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, MD 20871. For online tributes please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com