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February 22, 2018
I had the privilege of working with Jim at VA Central Office many years ago. He was always such a gentleman, with a keen sense of humor and a pleasant word. Years later we reconnected when he retired to Florida. Cathy and I will always have pleasant memories of being guests at wonderful dinners and celebrations hosted by Jim and his dear wife Anna. Jim was the genuine article, very faith-based and grounded. He left us
all entirely too soon. He will be sorely missed. May Jim have the eternal peace and blessings he so richly deserves.

John and Cathy Andrews
Ellenton, FL
February 21, 2018
Joe Gibbons, boyhood friend, and fellow member of the Elite Eight.
Nelson, New Zealand.
February 21, 2018
Not long ago, I played a round of golf with Hogan at Waterlefe, a course that requires one to hit tee shots over swamps and water in front of the tee box. The course was crowded but we went off as a twosome. Hogan struggled and was losing two to three balls to the swamp on every hole. He just couldn't get the ball in the air. This slowed us down. A lot. Foursomes behind us were swearing and waving clubs at us. We let some play through. Well, we let lot play through. Once on a par 3, Hogan hit, as always, a ball into the water below the green. I walked onto the green and putted out. Where was Hogan? He was in the weeds in the water trying to retrieve balls while two foursomes were on the tee waiting to hit. You see Annie was aware that Hogan lost lots of balls, so she bought him 100-ball bags of old balls at estate sales. They dated from the fifties and were varying shades of grey and brown. Even so, Hogan was afraid he was losing so many balls that he'd run out. He even had balls from the nearby driving range that float but they floated too far from shore. Gators in the pond you understand. Four hours of golf became five hours, then six hours and beyond. My purist regular golf partners would have gone nuts and said never again. But not I. My only concern was that we'd be late for Annie's world class lasagna. You see, for six hours I had Hogan all to myself. I could enjoy his intellect, his wit, his vast knowledge of all subjects, his perspective, his Christian decency and his humility. Everything I learned in college went out of my mind after the final exams. Everything Hogan learned and read stuck. And I could pick his mind and extract what he knew, laced with humor, and savor it. This was, by far, the most enjoyable round of golf I have ever played. And as I walked off the 18th green, I thanked God for it and for Jim Hogan. I'd trade 1000 rounds of golf for another round like it.

Jim Hogan died on January 17, 2018. And it was way too soon. There were so many more rounds of golf like the one above to be played. His death leaves a big hole in my life. I have grandchildren coming on line now that can fill some of it. But Jim Hogan can never be replaced.
February 20, 2018
Dear Anna and Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss.
We are deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was a lifelong friend from the day I moved in next door to the Hogan family in 1957. We kept in touch through the years as he morphed from South Side Irishman to Virginia Gentleman to Florida Retiree.
His wit, wisdom, charm and sense of humor will be missed by all of us. He introduced me to Mad magazine and the National Review, so you can see that he painted with a very broad stroke. Never at a loss for words or an opinion to reason, Jim was always an interesting companion to be around. We will miss Jim, but I know that he is at rest in the peace of Christ Jesus. His strong sense of Catholic faith will keep him now. We, too, can draw on that faith to help us in this time of grieving. God bless you.
February 19, 2018
Dear Anna Marie, Sarah & family,

I'm so sorry I just heard from my parents this morning that Jim passed away. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I loved Jim with all my heart! He was such a good man all around. Great father, husband & dear friend to my family! I will dearly miss him, but I'm so glad I was so Blessed to have known & met him. I thank God for Facebook because I was able to stay in touch with him that way, even if we haven't seen each other in years. I know he has a special place in Heaven & is looking down at us & smiling & praying for us. He lived a good life & God is surely pleased with him & his service on earth. I love how he always stood up for his faith! He set such a great example for me to follow. Praise be to God. I will never forget your warm hospitality when we stayed with you for vacation that one summer! I had such a great time playing with Sarah, playing basketball, touring DC & eating your delicious home cooking! Thank you for that wonderful childhood memory. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. I'll keep you & your family in my prayers. My deepest sympathy & condolences.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Love & God Bless you & your family always,
Don & Annmarie (nee Melody) & kids (Nick, Sophie & Angie) Mastro
January 25, 2018
Dear Anna & Family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the recent death of Jim. I was the ELR at the VARO in Pittsburgh and got to know Jim through our many interactions with the Central Office staff. When my wife and I went to Italy back in 2006, Jim was most helpful with all his advice and suggestions that he had acquired from the visits to your daughter over there. Jim was a most interesting, kind and amiable guy and I always enjoyed his company. He was a breath of fresh air amid all the bureaucratic humdrum of government service. Please accept my deepest, heartfelt condolences. He, and all of you, will be in my thoughts and prayers.
January 24, 2018
My Dear Anna,
Wayne and I send you our deepest sympathy. We share your sorrow and know there are few words that can bring you comfort at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love, Jan & Wayne
January 22, 2018
Dear Anna & Family,
Our hearts go out to you and each member of your family. We loved Jim for his kindness, compassion, quick wit, love of family and love of country. He was indeed a true friend and we will miss him dearly. Elsie and I are praying that God with give you strength and courage to face the days ahead. We know you have many wonderful memories that you shared with Jim. God Bless. E&D
January 22, 2018
Dear Anna, Sarah and extended Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken but happy memories of you and Jim keep us going. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
January 22, 2018
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