A memorial service will be held at the Cohasset Harbor Resort, 124 Elm Street, Cohasset, MA on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Callahan, Alison Elizabeth (Brooks) – Alison Callahan, 56, of Cohasset, MA, passed away peacefully at home on June 10, 2014, after a courageous 8-yr. struggle with metastatic breast cancer. She is survived by her children, Kathryn and Peter, and husband, Tom, of Cohasset; her parents, Owen and Marilyn Brooks of Amityville, NY; her brother Owen and wife Margaret of Amityville, NY; her brother Jonathan and wife Elice of Colchester, VT; and nieces and nephews Owen Brooks III, William Brooks, Robert Brooks, Meghan Brooks, Rebecca Brooks, Rachael Brooks, Lauren Brooks, Danielle Shaw and Alexander Callahan.
Alison was born and raised in Amityville, NY, and was a graduate of Amityville Memorial High School and the Class of 1980 at Mount Holyoke College. She began her working career with New England Merchants Natl. Bank, later Bank of New England, and then had a 28-yr. career with Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, retiring as a s enior corporate paralegal only in February, 2014. Alison was very active in her community. She was a co-leader of a Girl Scout troop from Daisies in kindergarten all the way thru senior year of high school, where four of her troop, including her daughter Katie, received their Gold Award, the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout. She was a founding member of the Friends of Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset, a past member of, and instructor in adult sailing at, Cohasset Yacht Club, a Sunday school teacher and member of the Board of Deacons and Pastoral Relations Comm. of Second Congregational Church in Cohasset, a town meeting teller, and a former reader for the Talking Books program at a local radio station. She grew up on the water and had a lifelong love of sailing, and also enjoyed ocean rowing at the Cohasset Maritime Institute, kayaking, yoga, her book group, gardening, needlepoint, her yearly Moms Weekend Away in North Conway, NH, and travelling with her family up and do wn the East Coast and to Canada. She was able to enjoy a trip to the Southwest in 2007 and a special trip to Ireland with Katie just last month in May, 2014. Alison was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic cancer in 2006, with a relatively short prognosis. Through wonderful medical care, her commitment to her faith, the love and care of her children, family and friends, and her strong will and determination, Alison beat the odds 4-fold and continued her life with strength and a positive attitude. She passed at peace.
A memorial service will be held at the Cohasset Harbor Resort, 124 Elm Street, Cohasset, MA on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM. Those wishing to remember Alison in a special way may send a contribution to the Helen Keller Services for the Blind, 57 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, PO Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486 or Tamarack Tennis Camp, 111 Easton Valley Rd., Easton, NH 03580.
Very special thanks are given to all her caregivers o ver the years: Drs. Sara Kelley and Roberta Faulk and the staff at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Mass. General Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Atrius Health, and Norwell VNA, all of her dear friends in Cohasset, at Goodwin Procter and from the Hingham commuter ferry, and especially to her most wonderful caregivers, Katie and Peter.© Copyright 2014 Tanna K, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tinytown Unleashed