IAUC Mourns Former President John Fogarty
In Memory of John P. Fogarty
SAN FRANCISCO – John Fogarty, longtime Irish American activist died Wednesday July 7, 2010 in Stockton, California, after fighting a long battle with cancer.
Fogarty was born in Bronx, New York, 1946 to William and Helen Fogarty. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Carol.
He is survived by his sons John Lynch, Sean Fogarty and Keith Phillips and his daughters Shana Fogarty, Meghan, Heather (Tony) and Whitney MacKenzie. Two brothers Kenneth and William Fogarty and one sister Rita Angelopoulas.
A staunch union supporter, John was a member of Local 510 Sign & Display for over twenty years.
Fogarty moved to San Francisco in 1968. He had been a long time activist for peace and reconciliation in Ireland. John had served locally, regionally and nationally in the Irish American Unity Conference, but it was his work on behalf of the H-Block Four that made him a well known figure within the San Francisco Irish community as well as Irish American communities across the country.
John’s longtime friend Geordy Austin remembers. “John spent a lifetime in pursuit of fairness and many injustices were overturned because of his efforts. I don’t know of one major problem in the North that John was not aware of and worked to change. To say that John was the cutting edge in the many challenges to the Irish is putting it mildly, razor edge would be more appropriate.”
John assumed the role as National President for the Irish American Unity Conference in 2007, but had to resign in 2008 due to health reasons.
Former Sinn Féin Belfast City Council Member and personal friend Bobby Lavery stated “John’s death has left the Republican family very sad and he will be sorely missed.”
A true friend to everyone. A caring father, a loving grandfather. John was very respected and now will be mourned and missed by all who knew him.
Irish American Unity Conference