Thomas J. Horan

July 07, 1928 - July 29, 2020

Service: Services and Interment private

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved brother Tom Horan, age 92 of Cranberry Township on Saturday, July 25, 2020.  Tom was the beloved husband of late Clara Fenice Horan.  He grew up in Mt. Washington and graduated from Saint Justin High School.  He was drafted in December of 1950 and served in the 24th Infantry Division, which, when boot camp was over, he was deployed to Korea.  He served in the Korean War from 1950 – 1953.  Later, Tom graduated from Duquesne University with a teaching degree.  Tom did his student teaching in the General Braddock School District.  He decided to stay on in Braddock teaching Senior High English and later becoming a Counselor.  Tom’s students were his life.  There wasn’t a student, that would come through his classroom door, that he didn’t try to help or give them some fatherly advice.  His door was always open to any student that wanted to talk or needed help with a problem.  Tom sponsored and wrote many senior class plays.  Many of his students stayed in contact throughout his long life and many came to visit and to celebrate his 90th birthday.  Tom was delighted that he could celebrate his birthday with his beloved students.  Tom was preceded in death by his loving wife Clara Mary Fenice Horan also his parents Michael and Rose Horan and a sister Betty Horan Bauer.  Surviving are two sisters Rosemarie Horan (the late Thomas) O’Dowd and Regina Horan (Clem) Bauer.  Nephews:  Michael (Felicity) O’Dowd, Thomas O’Dowd, Bill (Nancy) Bauer and the late Michael (Carol) Bauer.  Nieces: the late Kathleen O’Dowd, Mary Ann (Raymond) O’Dowd Brey and Patricia Bauer (Charles) Johns.  Tom and Clara, together enjoyed many activities such as being partners in tennis, golf, line dancing and playing bridge with their friends at Sherwood Oaks.  Tom loved music and he always had a tune for every occasion.  At St. Justin’s he played basketball and was quite a star on the court.  When Tom was in the service the only book he had was a dictionary which he read faithfully.  Everyone knew Tom by his quick wit and friendly personality.  He was never at a loss for words.  Tom’s Family would like to thank his many friends and neighbors who sent Thinking of You cards and Prayers for his recovery.  To all of Tom’s friends, and you know who you are, he sends his love and thanks for the beautiful memories you gave to him.  From Tom’s family, we send our love and Thanks for all the love Tom showed us over the years.  Family mattered to Tom and he was always asking about our grandchildren and wanting to know what they were doing.  A loving, caring, thoughtful person, we loved him with all our heart.  We are heartbroken that he is gone from this earth, however, he is in a better place now and no more pain.  I can hear Tom, signing off now, singing a farewell song to all the people he loved so much, family and friends…THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!


We respect Tom’s wishes, which were, to be cremated, no viewing or any other public services.  Tom’s Family will celebrate his life privately and at a later date.  If so inclined, donations can be made inTom’s name, to the Carnegie Library of Braddock. Arrangements by Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry

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  • Karen Howard

    Mr. Horan was the best. He touched my life as a student at Braddock Senior High School. His smile was infectious.
    Rest Mr. Horan, you planted many good seeds in the hearts of your fellow Students ❣️

  • Marta W Berkley

    When I think of Mr. Horan, I can only remember his kindness and grace. I attended college at Howard University in Washington, DC. During that first year Mr. Horan visited DC and he and a friend took me to lunch at a lovely restaurant in Georgetown. It was a very special occasion for me. I will always remember his kindness and the fact that he passed away on my birthday, July 25.


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