Mr. Fagan: 1939-2013Wednesday, October 02, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com received the following announcement yesterday from the O’Sullivan Donnelly Funeral Home and Reception Center regarding former Bawating High School teacher and area humanitarian, Mr. John Fagan.
FAGAN, JOHN BOSCO
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Bosco Fagan, peacefully in his home on Sunday September 29th, 2013 at the age of 74.
John is survived by Eileen, his loving wife of 46 years, and his nine children: Siobhan (Ron), Catriona (Geraud), Finola, Liam (Kaillie), Sean, Patricia (Adam), Paula (Craig), Sarah (Sunny), and Daniel (Anna).
John was the proud Grand-Dad of Liam, Hanna, Avery, Fiona, Clare, Julien, Jack, IveeJoy, Mic, NoraJoy, Shannon, Ashley, Alice, Lev and Adrian.
He was the eldest son of William Fagan and Kathleen Grogan of Ireland.
He is survived by his brother Colm (Mary), and sisters Sr. Mary, Anne (Pat), Kitty (Tom), Breege (Noel), Gerardine (Seamus) in Ireland, as well as many nieces and nephews in Ireland and throughout the world.
John was born on April 23, 1939 in Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
He studied mathematics and physics at University College Dublin, then completed his Higher Diploma in Education at Trinity College, Dublin.
He immigrated to Canada with his bride Eileen O’Toole in 1967.
John settled his family in Sault Ste. Marie in 1970 to begin his long and distinguished career as a math teacher at Bawating.
He was dedicated to his profession, spending countless hours tutoring students and mentoring new teachers.
His commitment to his students extended to time keeping football games for 25 years, after which he was inducted into the Russ Ramsay High School Sports Hall of Fame.
John was wholeheartedly dedicated to our community.
He enjoyed many years in community theatre, in particular sharing his love of Irish playwrights.
He also devoted time and service to the Knights of Columbus and in post retirement, to the Loyal Order of Moose.
In 2012, John was awarded the Fellowship Degree of Honour for his outstanding participation in the Moose Lodge’s humanitarian programs.
Friends may call at O’Sullivan Donnelly Reception Center, (former Blessed Sacrament Church), Friday, October 4 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Funeral Mass at Precious Blood Cathedral, Saturday October 5 at 1 p.m.., with Rev. Hamish Currie officiating.
The Fagan family extends their sincerest gratitude to Drs O’Brien, Fratesi, Mather, Keating, Spadafora and Walde, and to all the nurses and staff of the Group Health Centre and Sault Area Hospital for providing excellent care to John over the years.
Our gratitude extends to Dr. Andrea Bezjak and her team at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
Donations in John’s memory may be made to the Group Health Centre Trust Fund or to the Moose Lodge #535 in support of local charities.
Members of the Loyal Order of Moose are requested to assemble Friday at 5 p.m. for a memorial service for their late brother John.
Members of the Knights of Columbus are requested to assemble at O’Sullivan Donnelly Reception Center Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m. to pay their respects to their late brother.