John Joseph Foley

Born: Tue., May 9, 1944
Died: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 23, 2020
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 24, 2020
Location: St. Catherine of Siena

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John J. Foley of Preston CT passed away peacefully on January 14, 2020 in Lakeland, Florida, at the age of 75 after a courageous 10yr battle with stage 4 Lung Cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Mary, his son Keith (Lisa), his daughter Dawn Stanford ( John), his grandkids John, Chris, Eric Stanford and Danielle (Mason Hall), Logan, and Rachel Foley. He will be sadly missed by his loving brothers Thomas ( Sandy and late Gail), Robert (The late Margie) and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Caroline, his son John, his sisters Ellen and Patricia, his brother William(and the late Marion), and his nephews Glenn,Jason, Charlie, and Michael Ward.
He joined the Navy in 1963 and proudly served aboard the USS Hornet aircraft carrier during the Vietnam war as an aircraft mechanic.He was an officer and member of the USS Hornet Association. After leaving the Navy he got a job working at Pratt & Whittney in CT. John eventually wound up working at Stanadyne Automotive Corporation and retired after over 25 years of service. John has been an active member in many local VFW including Bozrah, Norwich, and currently Jewett City Post 10004. When his sons were younger he coached Little League in Bozrah for many years. He loved golfing with his buddies in Florida and his grandsons in CT. Fishing was another passion that he enjoyed doing with his grandkids. He lived life to the fullest everyday and spent the last ten years traveling the world with Mary, his family, and dear friends.
In lieu of Flowers the family would like donations made in his memory to his Niece Terri Smith’s family, who is fighting cancer.
Family will receive friends and family Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 5:00-7:00PM at the Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00AM Friday, January 24, 2020 at St. Catherine of Siena, Preston, CT.  Burial will immediately follow in Bozrah Rural Cemetery, Bozrah, CT with military honors.  For online condolences please go to

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   Posted Wed January 15, 2020
Mary, Dawn and Keith and familly I am so sorry to hear about John. He definitly fought a good fight for all of you. Be strong and always remember you are not walking this road alone. God is and always will be right by your side or carrying you when you mostly need it. Always remember his smile .He hasn't left you and is watching over you like always.John rest in piece now and say Hi to Gil for us.You will be missed but never forgotten

Kimberly Elton
   Posted Wed January 15, 2020
Dawn and Family,

I have fond memories of your Dad and your entire family. For many years I was always at your house and I always felt like one of the family. Distance may keep us physically apart but our friendship and memories of it will last a lifetime. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lorna Johnson
   Posted Thu January 16, 2020
Dear Mary and family.

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know he had put up a good fight for many years and that he was able to spend it with you as much as possible and lived life to the fullest, a perfect example of courage and faith. I know how difficult it is to lose a husband and father and pray for strength for you and your family as you grieve.
My prayers and thoughts to all of you,
Lorna and family (aunt Margie and Uncle Bob's niece)

Denise Samborski
   Posted Fri January 17, 2020
I was so saddened to hear of your loved ones passing. I am friends with the Fortier’s and knew Mary very well when they still lived in CT. I am so sorry she has lost her loving husband. My prayers are for all of you. I pray you find peace in the joyful memories of your father, grandfather and friend. Sincerely Denise Samborski

karen Foley
   Posted Wed January 22, 2020

Medium Dish Garden was sent by Karen Foley.

With sympathy, The Foley Crew - Karen, Gerard,Beth, Geralyn, and Dennis

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