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John Emmet Gogan

April 14, 2006

John Emmet Gogan, 85, of 41 Acorn St. died Friday at home.

Born in Pittsfield on July 13, 1920, son of W. Harry and Sarah Farley Gogan, he was educated in Pittsfield schools.

A World War II Army veteran, he served in the Rhineland with the 3rd Army, 2nd Division, 23rd Regiment, from March 1943 to October 1945. A recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he also took part in the liberation of the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp in Nordhausen, Germany, in 1945.

Mr. Gogan was a police officer with the Pittsfield Police Department for 27 years, serving under Chiefs John Killeen and Thomas Calnan. He retired in 1975. Before that, he was employed General Electric Co. as a welder for several years.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church and a member of the Pittsfield Police Association Benevolent Association. He served on the board of the Friends of Renal Dialysis from 1992 to 1997 and was a volunteer with the group from 1997 to 2005. He also was a volunteer at St. Stephen's Church and at the Christian Center.

He enjoyed reading and knitting and was a Red Sox fan.

His wife, the former Margaret E. Hunt, whom he married April 16, 1955, died July 3, 1992.

He leaves a son, Robert J. Gogan of Plymouth; four daughters, Patricia A. Harrington of Wynantskill, N.Y., Mary S. Guglielmo and Judy A. Lucido, both of Pittsfield, and Kathleen J. Hull of Corpus Christi, Texas; a sister, June Fields of Pittsfield; his former wife, Mildred Lavelle Shelsky of Springfield; 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- The funeral for John "Jack" Gogan, 85, who died peacefully at home Friday morning, April 14, 2006, surrounded by his family, will be Wednesday at 8:15 from DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 at St. Joseph's Church celebrated by the Rev. Christopher Malatesta, pastor of St. Agnes' Church in Dalton.

Burial with military and Police Department honors will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 at the funeral home. Mr. Gogan, "Papa," is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Kim Fredette, Karen, Shaunna, Kevin and Christopher Harrington, Colleen DeGroot, Amy Fitzgerald, Jennifer Vigeant, Michelle Pettis, Lori Dallava, Sara Gogan, Kristina McKnight and Ryan Lucido; his daughter-in-law, Ellen Gogan; his sons-in-law, George Wilson, Craig Guglielmo, Rex Hull and Jerry Lucido, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, William and Harold; three sisters, Dorothy Gogan, Eleanor Victor and Helen Twining, and his grandson, Scott Vigeant. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Jack was a great storyteller and had an unending supply of jokes.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, his daily walks in St. Joseph's Cemetery, reading, knitting and using his computer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or to Friends of Renal Dialysis, both in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

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