John F. "Jack" Ghagan

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John "Jack" F. Ghagan, 85, of East Hartford, loving husband for over 61 years of the late Evelyn E. (Wittner) Ghagan, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital, with his caring family by his side.

Born in East Hartford on April 1, 1927, a son of the late John Francis and Lottie E. (Millest) Ghagan, he had been a lifelong resident of East Hartford. Jack attended local schools and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Jack worked as an electrical contractor for 40 years at Hoffman Electric, East Hartford and later was employed by the Town of East Hartford Building Department for 15 years as the electrical inspector. Jack was an active member of the East Hartford Rotary Club for the past 39 years and was a recipient of their prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award. He was a former member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #2063, East Hartford, and the Knights of Columbus, Council #3901, East Hartford. Jack enjoyed woodworking, fresh water fishing, golf, and collecting model trains. However, his greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Jacob.

Along with his beloved wife, Evelyn, and his parents, Jack was predeceased by two sisters, Alice Ghagan and Mary Jane Hooper, both of East Hartford. Jack is survived by his two devoted daughters, Kathleen E. Pagano and her husband, Michael, of East Hartford, Stacy A. Krechko of East Hartford, with whom he made his home; and a special grandson, Jacob E. Krechko of East Hartford, also with whom he made his home. He also leaves his sister, Betty Ann Ghagan of East Hartford; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Vozzo of South Windsor, and Frances Anne Krechko of Tolland; several nieces, nephews, former customers, and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 28 at 10 a.m. from the D'Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Cambridge Drive, East Hartford. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jack's name may be made to the East Hartford Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 380035, East Hartford, CT 06128-0035.

Jack's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff on the 5th Floor (5-1) at St. Francis Hospital for the wonderful care, compassion, and support given to Jack and his entire family.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, 2012
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