THOMAS JOSEPH SHANNON, who died on South Third Street, Steubenville, March 11, 1910, was one of the best known citizens and most influential business men of this place. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., March 17, 1848, son of Patrick and Ann Shannon, who was a native of Ireland, was for a number of years a leading undertaker here. That he understood the business thoroughly may be assumed from the fact that he made all his own caskets.
Thomas J. Shannon, the direct subject of this sketch, may be said to have grown up in the undertaking business. He was reared and educated in Steubenville and in early youth became his father's assistant. On the death of the elder Shannon he succeeded to the business, which he carried on, at times in association with tohers, but during his later years, as head of the firm of T. J. Shannon & Son. He proved himself an efficient business man, and his courtesy, kindness and dignity made him personally popular, his friendship being sought for and valued by all who knew him. He was always ready to respond to the duties of a good citizen and was devoted to his home life, being a worthy husband and kind parent. The business which he brought into such a flourishing condition will be conducted as heretofore by his son and partner, T. Fred Shannon.
Mr. Shannon was a member of the Holy Name Church and was active and liberal in its support. He served on the council board of the church and had taken much interest in the building. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and was prominent in that organization.
Mr. Thomas J. Shannon was married in 1872 to Anna Richardson, who with three children survive him. The latter are: May, the wife of S. E. Loftus, of Steubenville; T. Tred Shannon, who has been already mentioned as his father's successor; and Dr. William R. Shannon, who is engaged in the practice of dentistry in Steubenville.