John (Jack) Joseph Fogarty, Jr., 93, entered eternal life on Saturday, August 29, 2020. He was born on March 4, 1927 to Helen L. and John J. Fogarty, Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and mother of his children Betty G. Fogarty, his second wife Margie S. Fogarty, his grandson John Joseph Fogarty, IV, his great grandson John Patrick Sauers, and his brothers William L. Fogarty (Joan) and James A. Fogarty.
Jack graduated from Benedictine Military School in 1945 and attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was the owner of James R. Dooner Mattress Company, which was in operation for 114 years. Jack was an avid golfer and played competitively well into his 80s. After his retirement he worked as a ranger at what is now the Savannah Country Club. It was there, at the age of 78, he shot a 71 and achieved his first hole in one in that same round. He was a devout Catholic and faithfully participated in weekly Adoration.
Jack is survived by his daughters Beth Fogarty McIntosh (Billy) and Helen Fogarty Willoughby (John); his son John J. Fogarty, III (Carol); his grandchildren Elizabeth Larrimore (Tom Alcorn), Catherine Sauers (Patrick), Anne Chambers (John), Mary Wright (Jody), Matthew Fogarty (Jackie), Sean Fogarty, and Caroline Willoughby; eight great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Georgia R. Fogarty.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Interment will follow in Catholic Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Blessed Sacrament School, 1003 East Victory Drive, Savannah, GA 31405 or Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 5414 Skidaway Road, Savannah, GA 31406.
To All His Family: Your Dad was a wonderful friend and neighbor during the 60's when we lived in Burtondale. May he rest in peace and may God's perpetual light shine upon him.
- Mary Alice Garvin, Savannah, GA.
My thoughrs and prayers are with John's family. God bless and much love sent to them. May he rest in peace.
- Connie McBride , Tybee Island , GA
Anyone who tolerated a group of young boys back in the 60’s , to play first bounce directly in front of his house, not less than 12 feet from his front door, will always be considered gold in my book. To the guys who played there with regularity, it was our own Candlestick Park, and Candlestick it was because after dark , on weekends , we’d be out in front of his house playing with fireworks or harassing the mosquito man , who stopped coming down our street due to our presence. Jack Fogarty had every opportunity to walk out that door and run us off but never did. He was someone we all loved and respected and Savannah has a little less sunshine today. To his entire family, I offer my deepest condolences . I know how proud you were of him, and what a great Dad and grandfather he was to you all. I must remember to drive down 41st and hoist one to him. I kind of think he’d like that.
- John McCarthy , Savannah , Ga.
Dear Beth, Helen, and Johnny, You don't need me to tell you what a great Dad Jack was to ya'll and I am proud to have known him. Jack was always a straight shooter not only in life but on the golf course too. Semper Fi Jack, Stephen Sutlive
- stephen Edward sutlive, savannah, GA
Prayers for all family members. Jack was such a wonderful man.
- Ann Savage, Savannah, GA
Your father was such an amazing man and I know he will be deeply missed. Prayers for all during this time and the difficult days ahead.
- Linda Poppell Smith, Sav, Ga
I had the good fortune to grow up in a neighborhood where everyone knew everyone. There was Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Koncul, Mr. Futrell and then there was Jack. He was always just"Jack". I don't know how old you are when you learn to say hello (maybe 3) but I'm sure the first time I ever greeted him it was "Hello Jack" .And I think he liked it that way, totally unpretentious ,cause that's how he was, a humble,kind and generous guy. Oh he would bark at you when you messed up and thank God he did cause we always had it coming. We stayed good friends over the years in spite of the fact this old man used to beat my brains out on the golf course. One round he hit it in 5 green side bunkers and got up and down all 5 times ( I still haven't forgiven him for that ) I'm going to miss that smile he always flashed when you knew he was genuinely happy to see you . He was a blessing to us all. Godspeed Pearl. Hit em straight. I know you will. You always did.
- mike finocchiaro, savannah, GA
Jack (and Miss Betty) were such a fixture of our life on 41st Street back in the 60s. Your dad always had that winning smile and kind demeanor. Beth, Helen and Johnny, you were blessed with a special father, as you know. We were all blessed with that special neighborhood and time of innocence. Prayers and healing light for you all and many hugs. May the angels comfort you with your wonderful memories.
- Carol Sanders, Savannah, GA
I am saddened to hear of Mr. Fogarty’s passing and all of you have my deepest condolences. I was a customer of his over 40 years ago. While at the Anderson Street shop discussing the type of mattress I desired, he gave me a tour of the facility. I was struck by the dignity and purpose he gave the lives of those who worked for him which included some of Savannah’s less physically fortunate. This made a lifelong impression on me of his humanity and character which I have shared with friends and family over the years.
- Gil Stacy, Savannah, GA
Dear Beth, Helen and Johnny, We are all thinking about you during this time. Of the many qualities I admired in your father was not only his ability to tell a great story, but his genuine desire to listen to anyone tell theirs. I am grateful for the good times we spent together; he was definitely a light in this world.
- John Sutlive, Savannah, GA
Growing up as a back door neighbor to Jack and Betty, I only realized later in life what a privilege it was. I have many fond memories as they were my 2 favorite people growing up. As an adult I have tried to emulate the example Jack set. Beth, Helen and Johnny, you had the best family in the neighborhood. Jack can rest in peace knowing he left this world a better place. Rest in peace my friend, Benny Wells
- Benny Wells, Savannah, Ga.
So sorry for the loss of your father, Helen and family. Praying for you all.
- Denny & Ginger McBride , Hendersonville , NC
So sorry to learn of the loss of Jack. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all, Maggie & Wesley
- Wesley Vallotton Family, Valdosta, GA
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Great memories we're made with the 41st Street gang. Much love.
- The Powers Family , Savannah , Georgia
Matt, So sorry to learn of the passing of your grandfather. It sounds as if he lived a long and full life. I wish I had known him. Steve Smith
- stephen smith, savannah , Georgia
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Memorial Funeral Mass
- 10:00 a.m. on Tue, September 01, 2020
- Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
222 East Harris Street (map)
SAVANNAH GA 31401
- on Tue, September 01, 2020
- Catholic Cemetery