Andrew F. Corcoran, 85, World War II Veteran

Served in the United States Navy

Andrew F. Corcoran, 85, of Westlake died July 15.

He was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Rochester, N.Y.

Corcoran entered the U.S. Navy at age 17, serving during World War II as a Signalman Petty Officer Third Class on the USS Alamance.

Following his service, Corcoran graduated from St. Bonaventure University and worked for the American Red Cross at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus. He also was the Director of Security at NASA Lewis Center, providing service for the pioneering Centaur lift-off and first Apollo Moon launch at Cape Canaveral. He was invited to the White House for lunch with other top security officers.

Outside of work, Corcoran was an avid golfer, getting a hole-in-one at Shawnee Golf Club in Portsmouth. He also served as president of CYO and Ohio Speedskating Association. He served others through the Church and St. Vincent de Paul Society, acting as Vice-President of the Cleveland District Council.

Corcoran is survived by his wife of 58 years, M. Joanne (Balmert) Corcoran; children Sue Leister (Dan), Mark (Linda), Frank (Christine), Tom, Ellen, Steve (Karen), Joseph (Judy) and Ann Higgins (Andrew); 16 grandchildren; siblings Eileen Mooney and Carol Oremus (Dave) and sister-in-law Vesta Corcoran.

He was preceded in death by siblings Mary Jane Lum (Don) and Bill Corcoran, and brother-in-law Hugh Mooney.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at . A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at in Avon Lake.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1404 East 9th St., Cleveland, OH 44114.


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