James F. Callahan, a retired seafood company owner and decorated World War II veteran, died of a heart attack Tuesday at his home in Ruxton. He was 78.
Mr. Callahan grew up in Govans and graduated from Loyola High School in 1942. That year, he joined the Army and served with Gen. George S. Patton Jr. in Germany from 1943 to 1945. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained during the Battle of the Bulge.
Upon being discharged from the Army, he returned to Baltimore to work for his family's business, D. Callahan Fish Co., which supplied seafood to many of the city's large hotels. Mr. Callahan took over the business when his father, the company's founder, died in 1951. He worked there until his retirement in 1980.
His first wife, the former Josephine "Joy" Wooden, died in 1995.
Mr. Callahan, an avid golfer and card player, was a member of the Baltimore Country Club. He also was one of a group of men known as "The Hackers," who for more than 50 years have played cards and golf in Baltimore, Rehoboth Beach, Del., Virginia Beach, Va., and Del Ray, Fla.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where he was a communicant.
Survivors include his wife of three years, the former Susie Tighe; three stepsons, R. Michael Furlong of Baltimore, Ken Tighe of Bethesda and John Tighe of Los Gatos, Calif.; two stepdaughters, J. Randall Street of Richmond, Va., and Kathy Tighe of Falls Church, Va.; and two step-granddaughters.