Amand John Hahn, 84, most recently of Media, PA, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born in Philadelphia, on July 3, 1936, the only child of Amand G. Hahn and Elizabeth (Kilgallen) Hahn.
He was raised in North Philadelphia and later moved to Springfield, Delaware County, graduating from Springfield High School in 1954. He attended Drexel University, where he was a proud member of Alpha Pi Lambda “Apple Pie” fraternity and the Army ROTC program. He also rowed crew and ran track. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1960, after Co-oping at Clifton Precision. He served active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1961 to 1962, and then in the Army Reserves from 1962 to 1969.
After graduating, he started his engineering career with DuPont, working at the Experimental Station in DE for a number of years. During that time, he also earned his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. In 1964, he married Janet May Parker, also of Springfield. He was a member of the Rose Tree car club, where he loved road rallies in his Corvette. He also served as the President of the Apple Pi Alumni Corporation in 1967 and 1968.
In 1968, Amand and Janet moved to Towamencin, PA, where they lived for 51 years. Amand continued working as an Engineer and Systems Developer for Leeds & Northrup, in North Wales, and later as a hardware development manager for Honeywell, in Fort Washington. Over the years, he and his teams earned four patents for their work.
He and Janet have three daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Hahn, Carolyn Hahn and Jennifer Hahn Giles, who all attended North Penn. Over the years, Amand enjoyed camping, hiking, spending time with friends at Fischer’s Pool, at the family’s home in Cape May, New Jersey and at their church, Sanctuary Methodist in North Wales. Amand served on a number of committees there, and was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for a number of years. And every other year, you would always find him in the kitchen, at the Bazaar’s Roast Beef Dinner. He volunteered his time for many week-long mission trips to other parts of the country, spending the week on construction projects to benefit organizations in need. Most other times, you could find him working on cars, attending his daughter’s swim meets, “fixing” something, and tinkering around his old farmhouse. After retiring from Honeywell, Amand also took up sailing, and joined the Philadelphia Sailing Club, enjoying many sailing trips, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay and on the Delaware.
Most importantly, Amand loved life. He loved his family, his friends, his work, his church and his cars. He was an amazing Dad and Pop and we will miss him, always. He is survived by many – his wife of fifty six years, Janet; his daughters, Becky, Carolyn & Jen; his sons-in-law, Tom Panek and Bryan Giles; his five grandchildren, Ethan Markow (16), Mallory Markow (14), Harry Giles (13), Will Giles (11) and Andrew Giles (7); his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Carol Parker; his nieces, Meg Holden and Emily Bibbo; his cousin, Nancy (Miller) Bodine; and more nieces, Suzanne Jackson, Barbara Forsyth and Karen McDonough.
Amand will be buried in a private ceremony at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA. The family plans to hold a memorial service in 2021 when it is considered safe for such gatherings to resume. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in his memory to Sanctuary United Methodist Church, 1346 E. Prospect Avenue, North Wales, PA 19454 or to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
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