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Joseph F. Regan

August 17, 1937November 14, 2020

Joseph F. Regan 83, a Sherburne resident for over 30 years died November 14, 2020. Joe was born on August 17, 1937 to Joseph and Edna (Hopkins) Regan in Manhattan, NY. He had two sisters, Mary Ellen, who survives him and Margaret who predeceased him. He attended New York City Schools. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War Era. Joe married Marilyn McFadden who predeceased him. They had four children, Joseph, John, Jeffrey, and James. He later married Linda Langendorf who also predeceased him. They had one son, Patrick. Still surviving are his five sons and grand children. Joe was a proud member of Ladder Company 14 in New York City. He served with courage during a tumultuous time. He was hospitalized 13 times for smoke inhalation and other injuries during a 14 year tour in one of the busiest fire houses in New York City. He wrote a book based on his experiences titled “A Fireman’s Story - First 10,000 Alarms”. Joe was a talented dog trainer who trained the Grouse Ridge Setters for Dr. Flanagan. He and his wife Linda traveled for many years to Waynesboro, Georgia, the Bird Dog Capital of the world. There, they worked the 700 acre farm for the training of the dogs. He worked with Pete and Katie Flanagan training and running them in the field trials as well as doing a small dog training business of his own. After settling down in Sherburne, Joe joined the George Rider Hook and Ladder Company, June of 1990. He devoted his time to train members on tactics and was always around to tell stories of his time working in the New York City fire department. After an untimely passing of his wife Linda, Joe became a loving, devoted, and staunch advocate for his autistic son Patrick. He was known to many to be an outgoing man who was always eager to share a smile, a story, or a helping hand. One friend said “With the gift of the Blarney Stone, I enjoyed our phone conversations through the 68 years of our friendship. If I had to describe him in brief, three words come to mind: calm, loyal, and brave. He was a Mets and Jets fan. “He was a decent guy who helped people overcome disabilities so they could lead happy meaningful lives.” In lieu of flowers Joe’s family asks that you consider a donation to the George Rider Hook and Ladder Company, 31 East Main Street, Norwich, New York 13815. A Memorial Celebration of Life Mass, officiated by Rev. Ralph A. Bove will be held at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, 30 Pleasant St. Norwich, NY at 11:00 am, Friday, November 20, 2020. Friends can greet family at the church an hour prior to the mass from 10:00 – 11:00. Funeral arrangements will be handled by R.J. Fahy Funeral Home at 116 N. Broad Street, Norwich New York 13815.

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James Flanagan

November 22, 2020

To Joe’s family,
Joe was such a good and decent man who made the world a little better place. I enjoyed every minute he and I talked at field trials and his stories about fire fighting in NYC were always fascinating. He was always proud of his service and rightly so. I send my condolences to his family and especially to Patrick. Joe’s enduring devotion to him is an inspiration to everyone. Joe will be deeply missed.

MaryKay Flanagan

November 21, 2020

God bless you Joe! You were a kind and loving soul.

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