The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

James (Jim) Ho­gan, 87, of Avon, for­merly of Saratoga Springs, passed away peace­fully on De­cem­ber 30, 2019. Jim en­listed in the US Air Force in 1951 and was a dec­o­rated vet­eran of the Korean War. Upon his re­turn, he earned a de­gree at the State Univer­sity of New York at Cobleskill. In 1958, he mar­ried the love of his life—the for­mer Kath­leen Galvin, who later be­came an ac­claimed short story writer. They raised five chil­dren dur­ing the time he worked as pres­i­dent of the com­pany he es­tab­lished, Sarataoga Lab­o­ra­to­ries, Inc.

Jim’s work did not de­fine him. He adored his wife, chil­dren, and grand­chil­dren and sup­ported them in ev­ery­thing they did. He never missed one of his son’s foot­ball games and en­joyed watch­ing his grand­sons play base­ball, basketball and soc­cer. He was im­mensely proud of his chil­dren and the peo­ple they be­came. Jim was bold and had sense of ad­ven­ture. He hiked and climbed many of the Adiron­dack Moun­tains, took fly­ing lessons in his six­ties, learned to down­hill ski when he was 65, and took mo­tor­cy­cle lessons when he was 72 years old. His re­tire­ment years were ac­tive, filled with ten­nis, bik­ing, pickle ball, danc­ing, and pot-luck din­ners with friends.

Jim was a pas­sion­ate Bos­ton Red Sox fan and a proud “Sub­way Alumni” of the Univer­sity of Notre Dame. ND game watch par­ties were a fa­vorite fam­ily ac­tiv­ity. Jim never sought the spot­light, but de­lighted in the con­trolled chaos of Christ­mas gath­er­ings and other fam­ily oc­ca­sions. He was a man of faith who lived the Golden Rule. By word and deed he in­stilled a love of God and fam­ily. He al­ways put oth­ers first and, in do­ing so, taught his fam­ily in­nu­mer­able lessons about char­ac­ter. His fam­ily will miss his quiet but sly smile and his in­fec­tious laugh. Left to cher­ish Jim’s mem­ory are his beloved wife of 61 years, Kath­leen “Kay” (nee Galvin); lov­ing chil­dren Steve (Jen Larner) Ho­gan, Dan (Shan­non) Ho­gan, Shaun (Chris­tine) Ho­gan, Paul (Me­lanie) Ho­gan and Kath­leen (An­drew) Kern; and grand­chil­dren Han­nah, Laura (Sean), Kevin, Mack­lin, Kaela Anoush, Kara, Bryan, Ho­gan and Zach. Pre­ceded in death by his sis­ter Mar­garet; brother John; grand­son Kevin; and par­ents, John and Cather­ine Ho­gan.

Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made in Jim’s name to the Hospice of the West­ern Re­serve P.O. Box 72101, Cleve­land, OH 44192. Funeral mass will be held Satur­day, Jan­uary 4, 2020 at 10am at Holy Trin­ity Church 33601 Detroit Rd., Avon. For those wish­ing to pay re­spects to the fam­ily, friendswil­l gather to cel­e­brate his life at The Lodge at Aven­bury Lakes lo­cated at 35400 Mid­dle­ton Drive Avon OH on Jan­uary 4, 2020 from 11:30 to 1:30.

Ar­range­ments en­trusted to BUSCH FUNERAL HOME. 440-937-6175 www.buschcares.com.

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