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John D. “Jack” Fay

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On March 31, 2020 @ 1:44 pm In Chesterland,Obituaries | 16 Comments

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JOHN D. “JACK” FAY age 66, beloved husband for 22 years of Debbie (Cook) (nee Heiser); loving father of Daniel (fiancé Elizabeth “EB” Bowmer) ; cherished son of the late Harry and Carole (nee Gulan), and step-son of Elizabeth; dearest brother of Leslie Fay (wife Susan Ditty), Julie Ball (husband David), Mary Baumgarten (husband John), Martin (wife Traci), and Carrie Stewart (husband Derrick); former husband of Charlotte Sgro; dear brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Survived by his cookie buddy Phoenix.

John D. “Jack” Fay was born December 26, 1953 and passed away suddenly on March 29, 2020. He was a resident of Chardon for 40 years and grew up in Solon. Jack graduated from Gilmour Academy in 1972 and received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from John Carroll University, his master’s degree in  psychology from Texas A&M University and an architecture degree from Kent State University. He was the owner/operator of his own architecture firm. Jack enjoyed golf, gardening, hiking and traveling the US especially to Tennessee. He will be remembered as a great guy with a kind smile who loved to tell stories and was very social. Jack was very funny with a dry sense of humor, fun loving and a thinker. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Jack to Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Novelty, OH 44072. Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Celebration of Life Service will take place at a later date  Arrangements by THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND.

Charity Name: GEAUGA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY

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Condolence from Geraldine Persiano Vukas on April 1st, 2020 5:34 am

Went to college with Jack and friends afterwards. He was a wonderful man and I have fond memories. I’m sure he’ll be missed.

Condolence from Terry Hornikel on April 1st, 2020 8:14 am

Jack was bigger than life. He was so outgoing I was always in awe of him. Such a strong part of the lovely Fay family. As a good friend to Julie Ball I know he will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences from the Sombat family.

Condolence from Peggy (Sombat) Bruening on April 1st, 2020 9:15 am

Thoughts and prayers to the Fay family…it is never easy to say good-bye, especially to one so young…….

Condolence from Jeff Lindbloom on April 1st, 2020 12:35 pm

He is one of a kind and will be surely missed. All of my memories are fond and were full of laughter. He was not only the life of a party; he was the party. Captain Jack RIP

Condolence from John Peter Biggins on April 1st, 2020 1:05 pm

Was shocked to hear this tragic news. We will miss his cheerful personality.

Condolence from joseph circelli on April 1st, 2020 2:20 pm

I will miss Jack. He was the main man on all of our golf trips, and you can interpret that any way you want. He always made us laugh and had the best stories. Jack was one of the best architects I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Did I say work… it was never work it was fun. Jack you will be truly missed.

Condolence from Jamie Corndog Craig on April 1st, 2020 9:21 pm

We will truly miss Jack. I played many rounds of golf and endured his very dry sense of humor, especially on the putting green. He was part of our Saturday game at St Denis for years and I will now definitely cherish the time we spent together as a foursome of friends whose friendly banter will ring in my head for ever and ever. He went out quickly which I hear was his wish and am grateful he did not suffer. RIP my Friend!!

Condolence from Art “AJ” Tassi on April 3rd, 2020 1:57 pm

I knew Jack from and after Gilmour (Class of ’72) with fond memories. I will miss Jack’s ever present smile and ability to brighten up any occasion. My condolences to the Fay Family.
Art “AJ” Tassi

Condolence from Dennis James Chambers on April 4th, 2020 12:01 pm

I went to school with Jack at Gilmour. He was always a real nice guy. My wife Mary Beth (Harpo) was a good friend of his sister Julie at Ursuline. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fay family. Jack will be missed.
Dennis & Harpo Chambers

Condolence from Paul Biggins on April 5th, 2020 1:57 pm

A quick wit and brilliant mind, Jack could converse on a broad range of subjects and just draw you in. So even keeled, in the 40 or so years I knew him I don’t think I ever saw him upset. He had such a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. Every encounter with Jack was special….I loved him like a brother and am crushed by his passing. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with Debbie, Danny and the entire Fay family.

Condolence from Joe & Natalie Drake on April 6th, 2020 7:02 am

Debbie, Danny & family you are in our thoughts & prayers. Jack will be missed by all that were lucky to know him.

Condolence from Kim & Craig Rutkai on April 6th, 2020 12:38 pm

Loved You Uncle Jack. You will be missed. I will never forget that time when we all went out to dinner in Florida and it was cold. Dad did not bring a sweater and was cold. You all of a sudden went missing. You went to the store next door and bought dad a sweater. That was who you were.

Condolence from Deborah J Feller on April 6th, 2020 3:32 pm

To the architect who designed our dream home….Rest in Peace my friend. The Feller Family

Condolence from John pap on April 7th, 2020 3:15 pm

Jack and I were classmates in high school, roommates in college, coworkers in our spare time, and voyagers during our summer breaks backpacking in the Rockies and fishing in remote canadian lakes. I came to appreciate his unique sense of humor and perspective on life over many campfires and late night study sessions. Although distance and family responsibilities separated us in our adult years, the many memories I have of Jack are as fresh now as when we made them decades ago. I was fortunate to reunite with Jack on the golf course last summer. I was happy to find we were equally terrible at golf and we were happy to make vacation plans for this spring which sadly were dashed by his untimely death. I viewed Jack as my brother from a different mother. He enriched the lives of all he met and I will miss him dearly. I have regaled our 7 kids with funny “Jack” stories, of which there were many, so his legacy will go on in our house. Our condolences to his wonderful family. Rest In Peace my dear friend,

Condolence from Mary Ann Lasch on April 15th, 2020 4:58 pm

Jack and I went to St. Rita’s for grade school (1968) and then high school at Gilmour/ Glen Oak (1972). I always looked forward to catching up with Jack at the Gilmour reunions, where we filled each other in about grade school and high school friends. It was a great privilege to enjoy a long friendship with him. My mom died this February and as we clear out the house, many St. Rita items have come to light including our 6th grade homeroom class list and the St. Rita cookbook with some of Carole’s recipes. My condolences to all of you.

Condolence from Tim Yurick on May 12th, 2020 1:11 pm

Our hearts and prayer go out to the Fay Family. Jack always brought a big smile and a great story whenever he picked up his prints from Northeast Blueprint. He will be missed! Rest in Peace my friend.

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