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John J. Fogarty

1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
John J. Fogarty Obituary
November 4, 1927 - March 12, 2017 Los Angeles- John J. Fogarty "Jack", lately of Los Angeles, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Albany on March 12, 2017 at the age of 89. Jack was born in Rensselaer to John W. Fogarty of Rensselaer and Margaret Carr Fogarty of Albany. He later moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a longshoreman in the Port of Los Angeles and was active in the dockworkers' union, while managing to find time to make some well-considered-and other less well-considered-wagers at Santa Anita, his favorite horse track. Trying to explain his fascination with horse racing to a nephew who found it boring, he once offered some simple advice: "Try it with the rent money." Though he spent many years far from his family, Jack was a constant presence in their lives through the quirky, thoughtful and funny cards he sent like clockwork on holidays and birthdays, often with a money order slipped in for good measure. His intelligence and keen wit were enjoyed and admired. Jack was also a mainstay at major family affairs, especially weddings, and well into his eighth decade his trademark dance style commanded attention. Jack remained active and independent in Los Angeles until just last year, exploring the city he both loved and found bewildering. He enjoyed stopping by the Santa Monica Farmers Market and Starbucks, where he would read the papers and do the crossword-if aspiring screenwriters weren't taking up all the seats. (He was a crossword fiend, sometimes doing as many as three a day.) But Jack always intended to come back east someday. In recent weeks, when doctors informed him that he wouldn't survive a flight home, he wasn't convinced. But, eventually, he accepted their advice. He took the train instead. Jack accomplished the three-day trip home with the love and care of his niece Meg. They pulled into Rensselaer-near where his father and grandfather worked as trainmen for the Boston & Albany railroad-a little over a week before he died. Services were entrusted to the W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144 (518-286-3400). Condolence page at www.wjlyonsfuneralhome.com
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2017
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