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John Foley

John Foley
John Foley, a man of uncommon charm and grace passed away on March 25. He was born in New York City, the fifth of seven children and the first in the US to immigrant parents John Patrick and Catherine Mary (Boyle) from County Kerry, Ireland. At the age of 14 John and family took a cross-country train to Alameda California. A graduate of St. Joseph's High School and the University of San Francisco, he was the first in his family to attend college. John was a ROTC reserve officer and Army Ranger. After graduation he moved to Southern California where he worked for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. He was extremely proud to retire early after 30 years of service. A keen bodysurfer, John met his beautiful wife of 45 years Lorraine in the ocean off Redondo Beach. When the avid travelers were not on a exotic trips, they could be found on the dance floor. Family was of the utmost importance to John. His greatest blessing was his family; he was a loving and delighted father to his wonderful children, and suave and strong "Uncle 007" to his many nieces and nephews, in whose lives he played an important role. John was only recently diagnosed with terminal IPF. He approached his remaining days with gratitude, contentment and laughter. He was an inspiration to those around him: family, doctors, hospital and hospice staff. John died on March 25, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. John was preceded by his parents, sisters (Mary, Catherine, Theresa and Elizabeth), brother (Thomas) and grand-nephew (Sgt. Tommy Fogarty). He is survived by his wife, brother (Robert) and sister-in-law (Barbara), brother-in-law (Terry Devlin), 3 children (Kerryann, Sean, Heather), 3 sons/daughters-in-law, 2 grandchildren, 17 nieces and nephews, and 9 great-nieces/nephews. John was an example of a truly moral, good man, a loving husband and father, whose wit, wisdom and the twinkle in his eye will be dearly, dearly missed. Visitation April 3, 5:30-8:30 at White and Day Mortuary (Rosary at 7pm). Funeral is at 10am at St Lawrence Martyr Church. Go to www.launeral.com for more information. Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 2, 2013
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