OLD TOWN – John Timothy Fogel, 74, husband of Jennifer (Russell) passed away at Orono Commons on December 1, 2023. He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1949, to George C. and Caroline (Deemer) Fogel.
John grew up in Chapmans Quarries, the smallest borough in PA, and often shared stories of his antics and experiences attending a one-room school house. John graduated from Northampton High School in 1967. Following high school, he worked for Harold Kucker Roofing installing slate roofs. In 1972, he proudly joined the U.S. Navy serving as a Seabee in both Vietnam and Antarctica. After his military service, John returned to the Lehigh Valley where he and his first wife Susan welcomed their daughters Jessica and Kathryn. During this time, he began his career with the U.S. Postal Service. He retired as Postmaster of the Old Town Post Office after 37 years of service.
John was a talker. Anywhere he went, he met someone he knew and could spend hours chatting about nothing. This trait also served him well with his many volunteer pursuits, including Meals on Wheels and Literacy Volunteers as well as his willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. John was Past President of the Old Town Rotary Club.
John enjoyed being outdoors whether tinkering in the yard, taking his dog Sadie for walks on the University of Maine Trails, or riding his bike.
On August 4, 2007, John married Jennifer (Russell) St. Peter. During their 16 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling with Viking River Cruises, exploring China, Russia, the Rhine, the Seine, and the Danube.
Just prior to the COVID pandemic, John was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He was able to stay home until the April 2022 when he became a resident at Orono Commons on the Homestead Unit. His charm quickly made him a favorite with both staff and residents alike.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Jessica and husband Steven Angelo of Ridgewood, NJ, Kathryn and husband Sean Mattio of Little Compton, RI, Barbara and husband Daniel Bassler of Bucksport, and son Shawn and wife Alyssa St Peter of Winterville; granddaughters, Ada Angelo, Pia Mattio, Serafina Bassler and Quinn St. Peter; brother, Allen and wife Joan Fogel of Bethlehem, PA, and sister, Jane and husband Terry Tiffany of Bluffton SC; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Russell and her wife Julie Green of Bangor. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Charles Fogel, Mark Fogel, Mary Caitlin Madonna, Michelle Khair, and Lauren Khair. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Michael.
Friends may call from 3-6 p.m, Sunday, December 10, 2023 at Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St. Old Town. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2023 at the funeral home. Interment will take place in the spring at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Caring Community Food Cupboard 354 Main Street, Old Town or to another charity of your choice.
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