Lance B. Callan, 65, of Stamford, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 at his home after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born in Starksboro, Vt., on September 19, 1943, the son of the late Rachel (Paradee) and Thomas Callan.
Before moving to New York State, Lance owned and operated a dairy farm in Starksboro, Vt., and worked in a stone quarry for Paul Casey, also of Starksboro.
In 1975 he met and married Mary Ann Swantak of South Kortright.
He was employed by Clark Companies of Delhi for the past 23 years. Previous to that, he was a proud ”big rig truck” owner operator. Lance was a hard worker who always earned the respect of his employers, co-workers and family members.
You could not find a prouder grandparent than Lance Jeffrey and Meghan looked up to “Pa” and learned a great deal about life and laughter during the time they spent with him.
Lance also had a love for classic cars, workhorses, laughter and jokes; but most importantly, he loved his family, friends and home.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann (Swantak) Callan; two daughters, Teresa Hynes and her husband, Timothy of Margaretville and Brenda Said of Unadilla; grandchildren, Meghan Hynes and Jeffrey Bullis; sisters, Lexa Merrill of Starksboro, Vt., and Leah Booska and her husband, Tom of Burlington, Vt. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Rachel McGovern and Thomas Callan; mother and father-in-law, Mike and Lila Swantak and brothers-in-law, Wayne Swantak and Robert Merrill.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 in the Hobart Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bert More officiating.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.
Burial will follow the service in Stamford Cemetery, Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 800 822-6344 or www.stjude.org.
Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Hobart.