A former longtime Alton Alderman has died. Phil Hanrahan passed away Tuesday at the age of 84 at his home in Godfrey. Hanrahan served the second ward for 26 years before choosing not to run for re-election in the spring of 2009. The New Hampshire native moved to Alton in 1960, and was best known for always speaking his mind.
Hanrahan served many times as the Mayor Pro Tem, running council meetings as needed, and also filling in for then Mayor Don Sandidge during his illness in 1999. Hanrahan questioned many spending measures during his time on the board, including bills paid by the city. He also supported a city-run ambulance service when it was proposed several years ago, angering many firefighters at the time who campaigned against him...but he won re-election. He most recently was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Alton Halloween Parade, and moved to a senior apartment in Godfrey with his wife of 62 years, Bess, who survives. Funeral arrangements are being handled through Staten-Fine Funeral Home in Alton.