John (Jack) Halloran, 94, of Whitney Point passed away peacefully to eternal rest on January 14, 2021. Born on December 30, 1926, he was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Evelyn, in 2014 that he missed dearly. Together they raised eight children in the house they built in Whitney Point and who survive him: Kathy and Mike Jaros of Endicott, Mike and Ruth Halloran of Theresa, Maureen and Jim Silkworth of Endicott, Pat Beddoe of Endicott, Kevin Halloran of Centennial, CO, John Halloran of Tunkhannock, PA, Tom Halloran of Endicott and Mary Halloran of Binghamton; 7 grandchildren, Katrina Halloran of Virginia Beach, VA, Rebecca and Matthew David of Binghamton, Ian Silkworth of Boston, MA, Sean Silkworth of Rochester, Gary Beddoe and Shannon McHugh of Red Bank, NJ, Troy Beddoe of Endicott and Stephani Halloran of Salt Lake City, UT; a new great-grandchild, Grayson David of Binghamton; brother, James Halloran of South Dayton and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Anna Halloran; brother, George Halloran and sister, Margaret Summers. Jack graduated from Chenango Forks High School and then served in United States Army. Following an honorable discharge he attended Cortland State Teachers College where he graduated with a BS and MS in Physical Education. He moved to Whitney Point to be the Physical Education teacher, Athletic Director, and coach of many sports at which time he became to be known as “Coach.” During his 43 year teaching tenure, he coached varsity football, basketball, track and field, and golf. In 1993, he retired from coaching basketball as the all-time winningest NYSPHSAA coach with 630 wins after winning the NYSPHSAA Class C Championship. He retired from teaching in 1994. Over the years, he was selected for several recognitions and awards which include (to name a few): inductions into the Cortland ‘C’ Club Hall of Fame, the NYS Basketball Hall of Fame, Section IV Hall of Fame, National Coaches Hall of Fame, the BCANY Coaches Dedication Award, Hall of Fame for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to the Quality of High School Athletics, and the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame. In addition he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Whitney Point and Chenango Forks High Schools. He was involved in many community and local groups such as the American Legion Post #0974 and the Stop DWI Basketball Tournament Committee. More than being Dad, Jack or Coach, he meant so much more to his family, students and players that made lasting impressions on everyone. One of Dad’s basketball players summed it up well: be prepared, never give up the fight, be humble, be committed, have a strong work ethic, know your goals, be respectful and know your priorities. Jack was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Whitney Point. He loved to take walks with his fury canine friends, Lola and Ralphie. Lola became his faithful companion and remained by his side offering support throughout the last several months. Jack was an avid NY Giants, NY Mets, Syracuse, and Notre Dame sports fan. He loved to be outside and was meticulous about mowing and caring for his lawn. Family was everything to him and he always wanted them to know how much he loved them. The family wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to Dad’s Caregivers over the last couple of months. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11:00am Monday at St. Patrick’s Church in Whitney Point. Masks and social distancing are required. The Church will be limited to 90 people. A livestream of the service will be available on the YouTube channel: CatholicCommunityofStStephenStPatrick, during the funeral and after the funeral. A graveside service with military honors at St. Patrick’s Cemetery will be announced by Nichols Funeral Home, 7323 119th Street Whitney Point, New York 13862 in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Coach Halloran Memorial Scholarship Fund, with checks payable to Whitney Point Central School District, PO Box 249, Whitney Point, NY 13862. Please note on the memo line “Jack Halloran Scholarship Fund.”
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