Ret. Capt. John J. Regan, Winchester Fire Dept.

December 26, 2011

RET. CAPT. JOHN J. REGAN, WINCHESTER FIRE DEPT. – of Winchester, December 26th. Beloved husband of Ruthann (Garvey) Regan. Devoted father of Lisa A. and Heidi J. Regan, both of Winchester, and John J. Regan, Jr. of Nashua, NH. Dear brother of William C. Regan and his wife Vera of Glendora, CA and Arthur L. Regan and his wife Sally of Winchester. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 31st, at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 155 Washington Street, Winchester, at 10. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Donations may be made in his memory to Mass. General Hospital for Dr. Bimalangshu Dey’s research, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.

OBITUARY:

John J. Regan, a retired Captain with the Winchester Fire Department and lifelong resident of Winchester, passed away at Mass. General Hospital in Boston, surrounded by his family, on Monday, December 26th, following a long illness. The husband of Ruthann (Garvey) Regan for over forty-five years, he was sixty-nine years of age.

John was born in Boston and grew up in Winchester, graduating from Winchester High School with the Class of 1960. He continued his education at St. Philip Neri Seminary in Boston, with the intention of entering the priesthood, but eventually decided his true calling was to be a firefighter. Beginning as an auxiliary firefighter, he was appointed to the Winchester Fire Department in 1963 and eventually retired as a Captain in 2001 after thirty-eight years of service to the community. Highly respected in his profession, he was a Past President of the firefighters union local 1564, and served as President of the International Municipal Signal Association in 1976, a position he held when he was a lineman for the fire department.

He was also a licensed electrician and, following his retirement, worked in maintenance at the Youville Assisted Living Residences in Lexington.

John was known for his terrific sense of humor and was a great practical joker. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing during summer weekends in Seabrook, NH, and was an avid golfer. A daily communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Winchester, he previously was very involved in the Immaculate Conception parish for many years. Earlier he was a member of the Immaculate Conception’s Drum and Bugle Corps.

John also served as Chairman of the Winchester Housing Authority and on the Board of Directors of the Winchester Federal Credit Union. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and taking trips throughout New England with his wife Ruthann.

Surviving along with his wife Ruthann are three children: Lisa A. and Heidi J. Regan, both of Winchester, and John J. Regan, Jr. of Nashua, New Hampshire, two brothers, William C. Regan and his wife Vera of Glendora, California, and Arthur L. Regan and his wife Sally of Winchester. He also leaves many loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, December 31st, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 155 Washington Street, Winchester, at 10. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in his memory to Mass. General Hospital for Dr. Bimalangshu Dey’s research, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.

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  1. Ruthann, Lisa, Heidi, and John Jr.,

    We were so sorry to learn of John’s Passing.
    All our condolences. Johnny will be deeply missed.

    Linda Conlon and Walt Bunten

  2. uncle john so many things i want to say{ I guess a Regan Trait} i will miss you forever.. i hope i can be only half as funny as you for that would be a lot i like to make people laugh as you always did for me. my many great memories will keep me going love you my “firefighter uncle (not fireman they stoke boilers, firefighters put out fires and save lives) see i was listening!!! love jeanne

  3. Richard & Judy Mclean
    I’ll miss the brief chats we had as you walked past our home on Cross St. IC, the Drum & Bugle Corps, thigs about the town, your family. Rest in Peace
    Dick

  4. Elizabeth

    Uncle John I was very blessed to know you and to call you my Uncle!!!! I will Miss You!!! Love Always Elizabeth 2011

    Love You!! God Bless!!! <3

  5. A great guy. Always kept us laughing in the old drum corps days. I’ll always remember him.

    James Barrow
    Salem, NH

  6. I loved listening to Uncle John’s stories. He always knew how to make us smile especially when he performed his famous “Harvard Cheer” or “Which way to the beach” pose. He was there whenever Dad needed help with an electrical job for one of us kids whether it was a consultation or a house call to Wilmington, Billerica or Lowell. I will miss both his teasing and his hugs of encouragement.
    Love Kathy

  7. To the family of John’s our memories of his great smile will not be forgot. Do you kids remember the night you babysat And the smoke alarms went off, call dad & he came down. Took my smoke alarms apart to see what was wrong. All they needed was a battery . God Bless. Kathy. Paone

  8. A thousand times we needed you
    A thousand times we cried
    If love alone could have saved you
    you never would have died
    A heart of gold stopped beating
    two twinkling eyes closed to rest
    God broke our hearts to prove he only took the best

    Dad,
    I still do not understand why this had to happen to you,
    but I am proud to say you are my dad, the greatest man I ever knew.

    Forever in my heart and soul
    Lisa

  9. Ruthann, Heidi, Lisa and John –
    We are very sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great man and will be missed. Please let us know if you need anything. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Warm regards,

    Susan & David Stander

  10. Leslie:

    Life will no longer be the same without your smiling face. You have been in my life since I was a little girl and every memory of you is a Happy one. We all love you dearly and will miss our times together especially the ” Regan weekends at the Beach”. Rest in Peace John.

  11. Dad,
    I miss you and love you very much. It was an honor to be named after you and will continue to carry you name with pride. I love you pal.
    John Jr

  12. Jerry Regan

    Ruthann and Family – I just heard that John has gone home to God on the other side. He will be missed – a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this time.

    Cousin Jerry Regan

  13. As a member of the WHS Class of 1960 I am saddened to lose a classmate; as a former firefighter myself, I have deep respect and appreciation for your length of service.

    It was a pleasure being a classmate of yours, and I remember sitting next to you at our 50th reunion.

    David Bentley, Wolfeboro, NH

  14. As a member of the WHS Class of 1960 I am saddened to lose a classmate; as a former firefighter myself, I have deep respect and appreciation for your length of service.

    It was a pleasure being a classmate of yours, and I remember sitting next to you at our 50th reunion.

  15. Dianne Scaduto

    Heidi so sorry to see this, my thoughts and prayers are with you and may all your memories help you through the days to come. Thinking of you!!

  16. Ruthann and family,

    May peace which come from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and the days ahead.
    Our sympathy and warmest thoughts ae with you now.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  17. Johnny,
    I will miss our little chats
    that we would have at the gas station almost everyday. It was a privilege and honor to call you my friend.
    Love you, Dan

  18. Heidi
    Dad,i just wanted to say that it was an honor to call you my father.You were always putting your family first,and making sure we were all ok.I will never forget the candy tree up Russell hill every sunday after church,you would put me on your shoulders and let me pick candy that you taped to the branches the night before.I will forever honor those memories.Dad i love you more than anything,and in the words of your favorite song “You did it your way”

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