Goggins, John T.
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John "Jack" "Papa Jack" Thomas Goggins, age 87, longtime resident of Norwalk, CT for over 80 years passed away on Saturday October 5, 2013. Jack was surrounded by his family at his present home residing with his loving daughter and her adoring family for the past year and a half. Jack was born in Great Neck, Long Island on September 3, 1926. He moved to Norwalk, CT at the age of 5. Jack was the son of the late James P. Goggins and Julia Carroll Goggins, and brother of James Goggins. For many years he and his family lived in the Caretaker's House on the Mathews Mansion Estate, Norwalk, CT. His father was Head Gardener and Caretaker of the Mathews Estate grounds. Jack was predeceased by his wife June Peterson Goggins to whom he was devoted for many years.
Jack was a Property Agent for the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation. He was proud to have worked his way up from the Maintenance Department and remained a faithful employee for 45 years. He attended Saint Mary's Grade School and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1945. He stayed a devout parishioner of Saint Mary's Church during his residence in Norwalk; in later years he served as Head Usher for the Sunday Mass.
Jack will be remembered for his kind, gentle, and good-natured personality; his great sense of humor and corny jokes; and his wonderful smile. Jack's biggest pleasures in life were his family and longtime friend Julie Hussey. Jack is survived by his daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Steven Najarian; grandchildren Shaun, Britany, and Rachel; son Peter and daughter-in-law Linda Goggins; grandchildren Peter John and Brandon; and two great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday (October 12, 2013) from 9:30-10:30 AM at Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave, Norwalk, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of John's life will follow at 11:00 AM in St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 1 Fr Conlon Pl, Norwalk, CT at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, 223 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Connecticut Chapter of the
, 2075 Silas Deane Hwy Ste 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 (www.alz.org/CT) would be appreciated. For info or online guestbook, please go to:
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Oct. 10, 2013