Obituary: John F. Regan Jr., 68, of Waterbury

Services for former Holy Cross teacher John F. Regan Jr. will take place on August 2 and 3.


John F. “Jack” Regan, Jr., 68 of Waterbury, died Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Waterbury Hospital. He was the husband of Joan (Rague) Regan.

Regan was born on May 10, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late John and Martha (Matuck) Regan.

He was raised in Watertown and was a 1962 graduate of Watertown High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Springfield College, Class of 1966, and a master’s degree in urban studies from Southern Connecticut State University.

Regan served his country during the Vietnam War as a first lieutenant with the 444 Transportation Company/8th Group in the Army from 1966 to 1969. He received the Bronze Star while in Vietnam for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces.

Upon discharge, Regan became an insurance agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1976, he began an 18 year career as a business teacher at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Conn. He was director of development for a number of years and brought the fundraiser, “Oronoke After Dark”, to Holy Cross.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, Regan is survived by two sons, John “Jay” and his wife Velvet, of Beverly, Mass.; Jeffrey and his wife, Kathryn, of West Hartford, Conn.; a daughter, Jennifer, of Summerville, Mass.; two granddaughters, Brynley Frances of Beverly, Mass., and Vivian Elizabeth of West Hartford, Conn.; two brothers, Colin and his wife Pat, of Watertown, Conn.; and Dennis and his wife, Christine, of Beckett, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Pat Maldonado, of Huntington, N.Y.; a brother-in-law, Jim Rague, and his wife Lenore, of Wellsboro, Pa.; an uncle, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Regan loved sports and was an avid fan of the New York Giants and Yankees. He was an enthusiastic reader, enjoyed playing golf and coaching basketball. He cherished spending time with his family, friends and especially his granddaughters. He always remembered the many memorable summers at his homes in Chatham, Mass. and Delray Beach, Fla. Regan will be missed by all who knew and loved him. As he always said, everything was “perfect.”

Calling Hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 2, at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, Conn.

A celebration of Jack’s life will take place at a memorial mass at 11 a.m. Friday, August 3, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 182 Robbins Street, Waterbury, Conn.

Burial: Private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Regan’s name to the American Stroke/Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231-4596, or Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.


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