Bernard G. Callihan

February 13, 1939 ~ May 3, 2019 (age 80)


Bernard G. “Bean” Callihan, 80, a lifelong Chicora resident and a well known standard bred racing horse owner, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at Butler Memorial Hospital.

Bernard was born in Chicora on February 13, 1939.  He was the son of the late Sam and Tootie Waltman Callihan.

He was a lifelong member of Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church in Chicora and 1957 graduate of Chicora High School. Bean was a long time member of the Chicora Moose Lodge.  Bernard was a well-known standard bred harness racing horse owner, racing at The Meadows and The Pennsylvania State Fair.  He was a long time member of the United States Trotting Association and The Meadows Standard Owners Association.  Mr. Callihan retired from Penn DOT as a supervisor following many years of service.

Surviving are four brothers, Paul Callihan and his wife, Brenda, Sidney Callihan and his wife, Elaine, John  Callihan and his wife, Donna, all of Chicora and Michael Callihan and his wife, Donna, of East Brady; a sister, Joan Ball of Chicora; two sisters-in-law, Lois Callihan of Butler and Judy Callihan of Chicora; a special niece, Susan Callihan and her daughters, Nichole and Amber, whom Bean affectionately referred to as “Coley” and “Pete”, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Richard.

Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Monday from Mater Dolorosa Roman Catholic Church, 409 N. Main St., Chicora, with the Rev. Matt McClain, church pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow at Hemphill Cemetery, Chicora.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  For additional information or to send a condolence, please visit

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