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John T. Fagan



JOHN T. FAGAN age 79, beloved husband for 50 years of Kathie (nee Crow); loving father of John (wife Vickie), Jim, and Dan (wife Nicci); devoted grandfather of Nora, Finley, and Sullivan; cherished son of the late John and Winnie (nee Nolan); dearest brother of Mike (wife Gerry); dear uncle and great friend of many.

John was born on April 1, 1939 in Cleveland and passed away peacefully on January 4, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He grew up in University Heights where he attended Gesu grade school and graduated from St. Ignatius High School. John attended The University of Notre Dame where he was a member of the first varsity men’s swim team. He also attended John Carroll University where he was a member of the Glee Club. John joined the U.S. Army in 1963 where he was stationed at Ft. Sam Houston training as a Medic, followed by six years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve.  John and his wife Kathie raised their three sons, John, Jim and Dan in Chesterland and have been residents there for the past 44 years. John was a dedicated parishioner of St. Anselm and head of their Finance Council for over 20 years. As a proud alumni parent, John was very active at Gilmour Academy.  He served as president of the Gilmour Academy Men’s Club and founded the alumni parent association, GAAPA.  John was an honored member of the Irish American Club. Professionally, John was a co-founder of Western Reserve Resources Corp and the Patriarch of Shadow Hill. In his free time, John truly enjoyed cooking for friends and family and could be found on the golf course or in the pool swimming laps. He was a true lover of all things Irish especially Irish pub music and listening to jazz. John got the most enjoyment out of life when he was with his family, watching his boys compete in sports and spending time with his grandchildren. He truly perfected the “Bad Dad” jokes. He and Kathie loved to travel and in 2014 they took the trip of their lifetime to Ireland with their children and daughters-in-law. It was a trip that will forever be in their hearts. John was a kind, caring and very selfless man with a deep integrity and strong faith. He loved to socialize and was a party waiting to happen. John will be forever missed. Sláinte!

Contributions may be made in memory of John to the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter 6155 Rockside Road #403, Independence, OH 44131 or St. Anselm “Support a Student” Fund.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11 AM at St. Anselm Catholic Church 12969 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH 44026 (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Entombment following at All Souls Mausoleum. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of John at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) THURSDAY 4-8 PM.

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  1. Fagan Family,
    I will forever be changed because of John Fagan. He was an inspiration and a man of integrity with the biggest heart ever! Thank you to all the Fagan’s for sharing this ol’ Irishman. Our hearts are broken but we have peace knowing John is not suffering anymore. Love you, Pat

  2. Condolences to Kathie and family. May fond memories console you and may God’s promise of eternal life for those who trust in Him bring you hope. God bless you, Tom Bodle

  3. Dear Fagan family,
    I am very sorry to hear of John’s passing thus I hope these words provide comfort:
    “Do not stand at my grave and weep;
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.”

    All my love,
    Paige Menner

  4. My sincerest sympathy goes to Kathie and family. John was such a fine man and an absolute joy to be around. His work at Gilmour, especially the creation of GAAPA, will be remembered by so many with great appreciation.

  5. Sorry for your loss.

  6. Pete and Joyce Parker

    Kathie, I can’t put into words how sad I am about your loss even though he is in a better place. I always enjoyed talking about our family heritage of which he was very knowledgeable.

  7. Judy and Michael Urbanek

    “You really died when no one still remembers you with love or suffers heartache at the very thought of you.”
    We will gladly suffer the heartache that keeps him with us forever. RIP, dear friend.

  8. Ed and Diane White

    We started working with John in 1979. We enjoyed and appreciated our association with him as our advisor and as a friend. Our sympathy goes out to Kathie, the sons, and their families.

  9. Kathie and Family, Bill and I are deeply saddened by your loss. We’ll miss the Smiling Irishman! Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you all.

  10. J. Thomas Parker

    My sincerest sympathy to Kathie and family. We had much fun when we were children. Now Johnny is having the greatest fun. rest in peace Cousin.

  11. John Lardas Modern

    Dear Kathie, John, Jim, and Dan,

    I am so sorry for your loss. John was a surrogate father to me at a critical time in my life and I shall always be grateful for his generosity, patience, and guidance. May his memory be a blessing

  12. Bill and Dolly Boslett

    Thoughts of John brighten our day and bring a smile to our faces. Our memories of John and Kathie span six decades and although the years have put many miles between us, the Fagans have always stayed close to our hearts. We will keep them in our prayers.

  13. Maurita Parker Riznyk

    KATHIE AND JOHN ,JIM AND DAN, My deepest condolences, for you all, wish I had heard more of John family stories, Love you Cousin.

  14. You are all in our prayers. Will always remember John with a smile on his face. Sincere sympathy.
    Jeff & Laura Potocnik

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