John D. Hanniford
John D. Hanniford
  • June 14, 1929 - September 23, 2017
  • Lebanon, Connecticut

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John D. Hanniford Uncasville
John David Hanniford, 88, formerly of Uncasville, CT died peacefully on Sept. 23, 2017 at Apple Rehab in Colchester, CT. He was the devoted husband of maritime artist Sultana (Issideridy) Hanniford who predeceased him. Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, he was the son of the late Patrick and Margaret (Kennedy) Hanniford. At age 16, John joined the Merchant Marines and sailed the Great Lakes and around the world. In 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy and went into submarines. He attended Great Lakes Boot Camp and Basic Sub School, and afterward served on the USS Grampus, USS Cavalla, USS Spikefish, and the USS Conger. John attended NUE School in New London, CT and NTU in West Milton, NY in 1960, and then served on the USS Ethan Allen. From 1964-67, John was a Basic Sub School Instructor and then served on the USS Alexander Hamilton. After retiring in 1971 as a Chief on the USS Jallao, he worked on the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton in the heating plant. He was a member of the Submarine Veterans and was a member of SubVets Holland Club Groton Base. John was also a docent for the USS Nautilus Memorial Museum in Groton, CT. John enjoyed going to art shows with his wife, watching John Wayne movies, cheering for the UConn Woman's Basketball team and reading submarine history. His great-granddaughters made him laugh. John is survived by his daughter, Susan (Hanniford) and her husband, Lawrence Crowley; granddaughters, Sarah Crowley and Julia (Crowley) and her husband Donald Babcock, great-granddaughters, nephews and a niece. In addition to his wife, John was predeceased by his brother Patrick and his daughter Kathleen. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M on Thursday September 28, 2017 at Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem Street, Norwich, with a Trisagion Service at 6:00 P.M. The funeral service and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Masonic Home Health and Hospice, 23 Clara Drive, Mystic, CT 06335. To leave an online condolence please visit .