Obituaries 12-08-2015

James Fagan

Formerly of Lynn

Had distinguished military career, known for his quick Irish humor, love of Boston Red Sox and fondness for thoroughbred horses

LTC ames F. Fagan (Ret.), a resident of The Fairways, Lakewood, NJ, passed from this life on November 30.

LTC Fagan was born in Lynn on June 22, 1944. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA degree and received his MA from Northeastern University, Boston. He was an honor graduate of the United States Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas, a proud member of the Quartermaster Hall of Fame and the Order of St. Martin. During his career in the United States Army, his military decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Medal among many others. He contributed to thirty-six major Department of Defense policy studies and received a commendation from the Secretary of Defense for his service in Desert Storm.

After military retirement, Jim served from 1993 to 2013 as Executive Director of Research and Development Associates, a non-profit association, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. During that period, he initiated the R&DA Military Assistance Program which donated 100% of proceeds to wounded military and their families.

Jim Fagan was known for his quick Irish humor, his love of the Boston Red Sox and his fondness for thoroughbred horse racing. At the Fairways, he frequently wrote articles for the Legend. As a member of the Legend staff, he loved the magazine and the folks with whom he worked. His bigger than life personality will be sorely missed.

LTC Fagan is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marygene, his daughters Heidi Fagan Allen of Southwick, MA, Nicole Fagan Kimble of Avon, CT, sons Brian Perry of The Woodlands, TX and Kevin Fagan of Summit, New Jersey. His eight grandchildren were the light of his life. They include Nicholas and Michael Perry of The Woodlands, TX; Conor, Caitlin, Molly, and Owen Fagan of Summit, NJ; and Cameron and Courtney Kimble of Avon, CT. He is also survived by his daughters-in-law, Debra Perry and Elizabeth Fagan and son-in-law, Shawn Kimble.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, 26 Mule Rd., Toms River, NJ. Burial was at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown NJ.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, New York City, NY or The Military Assistance Program c/o R&DA, San Antonio, TX.

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