John E. Houlihan, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 unexpectedly at his home in Charlestown. He was 81 years old. John was born in Boston on June 11, 1931, a son of the late James E. Houlihan and Lucy M. (Smith) Houlihan. He grew up in Charlestown where he attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from Charlestown High School in 1949. John worked for over 30 years with the City of Boston as a custodian in the Boston Public School system. John was a member of The Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association and was involved with the Charlestown Boys Club for many years. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed the Patriots. John is the beloved husband of the late Florence C. “Flossie” (Coffey) Houlihan. He is the loving father of Ann Marie Houlihan of Saugus, John Houlihan and his wife Ellen of Charlestown, Joseph Houlihan and his wife Jean of Charlestown and James Houlihan and his wife Alice of Nahant. He is the loving Grandfather of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is the beloved brother of Marion Simpson of Charlestown, Lucy Gibbon of Charlestown and the late Rose Newton, Bridget Thornton, Peter, Edward and James Houlihan. He is the loving uncle of Christine Ostrander of Kentucky and many other nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend John’s Funeral on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 9 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown followed by his Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St. Charlestown at 10 a.m. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Visiting hours will be on Friday, December 14, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in John’s name to The Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, 15 Green St. Charlestown, Mass. 02129.