(photo from RUSH Cruise Book)
Recently we received an email message from Fred Strachan notifying us of the passing of John William Lonergan, father, husband, and former USS William R Rush Shipmate and Rush Association member. John Lonergan passed away on Friday, April 13, 2007.
The following obituary was published in the Richmond, Virginia Times - Dispatch on Tuesday, April 17, 2007:
John William Lonergan
1938 - 2007
John William Lonergan, U.S. Navy (Ret.), 69, of Mechanicsville, died at home on Friday, April 13, 2007. He was born in New Haven, Conn., to the late James and Janet Lonergan. He was retired from Traveler's Insurance.
Preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Grace LaCroix Lonergan; and his brother, Jim Lonergan, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Angie Lonergan; his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Raymond Drewry; three grandchildren, Eleanor, Catherine and George Drewry, all of England; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Patricia Lonergan, and Stephen and Elaine Lonergan, all of Connecticut; brother-in-law, Russell and Betty LaCroix of Greenwich, N.Y.; and extended family.
Also surviving are special fri-ends, Gerry Sherwood, Ev Pennington, Bob Mullin, Dick Pitman, Paul Sweeny, and the rest of the golfing buddies; and many other family and friends.
A Christian Wake service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd., where a Mass of the Resurrection will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19. Inurnment to follow in the Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bon Secours Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
In his email, Fred Strachan remembered John with these kind words:
"I met John eight years ago at our Reunion. He was a quiet and gentle man, with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed listening to his and Bill Mason's sea stories.
John became a member of our golfing foursome every Reunion. John along with Lou Cappella, my wife, Elaine, and myself made-up the foursome. We have made it a point to play a round of golf, for the last four reunions.
John will truly be missed. He loved life, as much as he loved golf. We have all lost a great person.
With sincerity, John and Elaine Strachan"
Photographs of John Lonergan provided by Charles Newbold.
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