Celebrating the life of

John Joseph Hegarty

July 30, 1929 - February 03, 2021

John Joseph Hegarty

 John Joseph Hegarty died peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Marian Hegarty; brother, Daniel Patrick Hegarty (Anne); sister, Veronica Hegarty Gunderson (Joe); and his two aunts that helped raise him, Mae and Isabel Hegarty

John was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He served 24 years as a Mounted Police Officer in New York City. He had a great knowledge for the love and care of horses. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country with pride during the Korean War.

John was a member of St. Frances Cabrini as well as the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving is his loving wife of 53 years, Moira Charles Hegarty; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Charles Hegarty, M.D. and JoAnne Hegarty.

John was a dedicated grandfather to six, Brianna Elizabeth, Aiden Joseph, Shannon Rose, Michaela Anne, Liam John, and Killian Charles Hegarty; two step grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne  and Henry Walker Bowden; and 21 nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2020 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. The Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be private and held at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Rev. Gabe Cummings officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in John’s honor to St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah, GA 31419.



Uncle John will be greatly missed. He was a great man with a wonderful laugh and sense of humor. Sending our love and prayers from CT.

- Jennifer Winters, Redding, CR

Our Uncle John will be truly missed. He was always there for us in so many ways. For me personally, he was around and took me to Maryland, a farm, where he taught me about horses. From cleaning stalls to feeding them. Even driving the tractor in the fields. How to get the eggs from nesting chickens. He saved my fingers from being cut off as a child as I stuck my hand under a lawn mower. (No one ever said I was a genius.) We always enjoyed our visits, whether in Brooklyn, Floral Park, Florida or Georgia. His stories about growing up or adventures as a mounted New York police officer, always interesting and often comical. Sense of humor there was no better Uncle on the this planet. Uncle John, you will always be in my heart. You fulfilled God’s plan, now Rest In Peace. PS, Say hi to Mom and Dad for me. Love always, Brian and Maureen.

- Brian and Maureen Gunderson, Medford, NY

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Mr. Hegarty was an amazing man. He will be missed by so many. Prayers to Mrs. Hegarty and his son, Dr.Joseph Hegarty and his family.

- Machelle cecil, Savannah, Ga

We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Hegarty sounded like a great man who loved his family and country. You are all in our prayers.

- Vann and Susan Winn, Savannah , Georgia

Fond memories of weekends in Floral Park or summers in Saratoga and some vague ones from Brooklyn. Uncle John always had a kind word for you but wasn’t afraid to tell it to you straight either. He always had a joke, a laugh, a hello for everyone. He probably is gathering up his brother “Daniel”, as he always called my Dad, for a beer or 2. Well maybe a scotch. Well maybe both.. lol. I am sure they are already having a spirited discussion about their beloved NY Mets. Your memories live on in all the lives that you touched.

- Patrick & Laura Hegarty, Latham, New York

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jack had 53 wonderful years with you. Focus on the good times.Sincerely Ann

- Ann Rafferty, Atlanta , Georgia

My sincere sympathies to you Moira and your hold family. Take comfort that Jack is no longer in pain and at Peace with the Lord. He was such a pleasure to be around and always made me laugh. Sending my love and prayers.

- Sue Ragone, Raleigh, NC

My sincere sympathies to you Moira and your hold family. Take comfort that Jack is no longer in pain and at Peace with the Lord. He was such a pleasure to be around and always made me laugh. Sending my love and prayers.

- Sue Ragone, Raleigh, NC

I know Jack will definitely be missed. I do know also he is now @ peace God's blessings to you all. Love Pat


We were so sorry to hear the news. I would have loved to play poker with him.

- Tommy Sailors, Saint Marys, Georgia

Joe and the Family, We were saddened to learn of the death of your father. We never got to know him but reading of his military experience combined with his civilian life as a Mounted Police Officer I am certain he had many experiences to share, Hopefully you have had those times he did share with you and you will cherish. Our thoughts and prayers are we with you and all the family, God Bless, Ray and Jennifer

- Ray Anderson , Tybee Island, Ga

Dear Moira, Pat and Sue told us of Jack's passing. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences and send our sympathy to everyone. Our hearts go out to you, all. It's especially during times like these, we like to remember some very special thoughts from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's _The Little Prince_. They always seem to help when thinking of someone special in one's life. From the insightful advice of the Fox - "One runs the risk of crying a bit if one allows oneself to be tamed...And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye." Our warmest wishes for many special and fond memories of Jack. Hugs from New York, Jim and Itzik

- Jim Brown & Itzik Shiano, White Plains, NY

As a member of SFC, I will remember Mr. Hegarty in my prayers. Our Cabrini family is thinking of you in love. May our Lord bless your family!

- Josie Murphy, Savannah, Georgia

Uncle John ...where do I begin When I was first born my dad worked late a lot. Uncle John was always at my house visiting. He would spend so much time with our family. I thought he was my dad for awhile and he will always be my second dad. He fondly called me Babe. To this day he called me that. He was loving, kind and would drop anything if you needed him. He loved Aunt Moira so much and they were best friends. Joe was his pride and joy. He would beam whenever he talked about him. They had a special relationship. I will miss his laughter snd funny stories. Now you are with your mom and dad and uncle Dan and aunt Ann and my mom and dad. Save me a hotdog in heaven. Love you ♥️

- Mary Pat Donnelly , Old Bethpage , New York

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 12:00 p.m. on Sat, February 06, 2021
  • St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
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