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Celebrating the life of
John M. Vergoz
September 09, 1935 - July 30, 2023
John McCaffer Vergoz, 87, died on July 30, 2023, from complications of dementia in the presence of his wife Gail and daughter Robin.
John was born on September 9, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, to Agnes and Arthur Vergoz who were originally from Glasgow, Scotland. He had one brother, Ronald Arthur Vergoz who predeceased him, and one sister, Nancy Vergoz Gadzinski who survives him. He grew up in Babylon, NY, and attended public schools there. He spent a great deal of time on the Great South Bay fishing and digging clams to earn money while in school. After high school, he joined the US Navy and served in the submarine service on the USS Greenfish (351) from 1953 – 1956. He then attended Long Island Agricultural and Technical School and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In September 1958 he enrolled in Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a BSEE in June 1960. He went on to receive his MSAA from MIT in June of 1963.
His career in the aeronautical and automotive industries led him and his family to live in Bedford, MA; Brea, CA; Plymouth, MI; Wilton, CT; Far Hills, NJ; Durham, NH; Bloomfield Hills, MI, and finally to retirement in Savannah, GA.
In December of 1982, he committed his life to Christ and began a journey to share his faith with all he encountered. He was very active in church, teaching kindergarten Sunday school for almost 13 years, along with serving as an elder, a deacon, and a trustee at the various churches he attended. He also started several non-denominational Bible studies through the years and was a member of Kairos Prison Ministry at Coastal State Prison in Savannah, GA, and was a volunteer in the L.O.V.E. Reading Program in the Savannah public schools.
On July 17, 1960, John married the former Gail Patricia Petry, and they had three children. Son John M. Vergoz, Jr. (Jack) (Aldo Chavarria) of Charlotte, NC. Daughter Wendy M. Vergoz of Ax, Provence, France. Daughter Robin G. Montgomery (Jonathan Montgomery) of Savannah, GA. In addition, he leaves his sister Nancy Vergoz Gadzinski of Salem, NY; granddaughter Alatheia King; grandson Nathaniel Vergoz Carlsen; grandson Luka Vergoz Carlsen; grandson Noppawin Arthur Montgomery, and three sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, August 10th, at Skidaway Island Methodist Church. (Internment of remains will be private before the memorial service) In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a donation in John's memory to the Brain Support Network (https://www.brainsupportnetwork.org/donate/) or Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.
John’s passing is very sad news. He will be remembered by us as a man of great Character, Integrity, Morals, Values, Principles, he was Spiritual with a strong-unwavering belief in God, he was a loving/caring Husband, Father, Grandfather, Father in Law and he was always a Loyal and True Friend. We pray for his Spirit and we pray that God will comfort Gail, Robin, Wendy, Jack and all of the family members. A great loss for humanity and a great gain for God’s heavenly Kingdom.
- Richard, Ann Lutz and our family , Savannah , Georgia
Dear Gail and family, My deepest sympathy on John's passing. I know this is a hard loss for your family. I have many happy memories of working with John when he joined The Budd Company. He was always very good to me and appreciated all my work for him. Thinking of you all and praying you find comfort in the many happy memories you share and your deep faith.
- Dorothy J Strefling, Warren, MI