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Daniel D. Callahan

Daniel David Callahan, 61, husband of Kristen L. (Eddy) Callahan  of Elm Street, died Friday, August 12, 2011 as a result of an Ipswich  motor vehicle   accident. The community is in shock at having lost such a good man and at such a young age.

Born in Salem, February 23, 1950 son of the late William D. and Stella (Lickewicz) Callahan, he had lived in Peabody until his marriage in 1974, when the Callahans moved to Ipswich to make a home and raise a family. Daniel  had worked as an electro-mechanical assembler before coming to work at EBSCO Publishing in Ipswich where he was currently employed. Most people there knew him as Dan, the man with the basset hound who  walked all over town often visiting  EBSCO with his beloved canine  Slater. Dan was a fan of many sports including BMX racing, hockey and football. He was also a naturalist and amateur birder. Famous for his stories, he would laugh whenever he could, and improved the lives of others with his love and understanding of the human condition. His goal was always to leave folks either laughing or feeling a bit better than they had. In his position at EBSCO he set people up in their respective workstations, taking into account the particular wishes of each while keeping his trained  eye on ergonomics. Dan was an avid supporter of the Ipswich Public Library where he borrowed many a cookbook or CD. He loved to cook  for family and was always thinking about the next recipe.  Celebrations with his children and grandchildren always included spicy foods and funky music.  The blues were his favorite. He will be sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and all who knew him for his morning walks to the train station.

In addition to his wife Kristen of thirty-six years he is survived by a son, Michael I. Callahan and his wife Amy of Amesbury; two daughters, Mary I. Callahan and her companion Lance A. Gilbert, and  Emily E. LeMieux and her husband Peter; three grandchildren, Tyler, Matthew and Lillian Callahan all of Ipswich and two sisters, Elizabeth Anthony of Peabody and Virginia Dunford and her husband Arthur of Burlington and a brother William Callahan and his wife Donna of Windham, NH.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, August 17,  4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name may be made to: PKD  Foundation  (Polycystic Kidney Disease), 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114-2000.

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