John Hogarty

Obituary of John F. Hogarty


TROY - John Francis Hogarty was an incredible man who was always thoughtful, considerate, and kind. He passed away in the comfort of his home on March 19, 2024 due to cancer. John handled his passing just like he handled life: with strength, a good sense of humor, a calm demeanor, and grace.

Born the seventh of ten children to Irish immigrant parents in the Bronx, he was raised as a devoted Catholic and remained committed to his faith throughout his life.

John was also a lifelong learner. He obtained a degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College in his 20s and an MBA from Dowling College in his 50s. He could fix nearly anything by reading the manual, which he would often obtain from the local library.

When he was called to duty by his country during the Vietnam War, John served with honor, and retained his gentle nature. Despite his tendency to be quiet and reserved, he became a member of the Screen Actors Guild, with a notable speaking role in a Robert Redford film.

John, aka Poppa, aka Daddy Dukes, enjoyed all types of music, especially folk, and he was a big fan of local public radio. Many memories with his family were made attending concerts of his favorite artists, whose songs became a soundtrack of our lives. His affinity for music was rivaled by his fondness for sunsets, Costco, and gardening. John could often be found out in the yard "digging in the dirt" and he has instilled that love of growth and sustainability in his children.

Above all, John was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of 44 years, and he was a father figure to many, even beyond his actual 5 children, or as he would call them all, kiddos.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Margaret Hogarty, his father-in-law Dallas Lee Hogge, his brothers Eddie, Martin, Michael, and Tommy, and his sister Mary. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, his daughters Heather Ferrero (Joseph), Jennifer Arsell (Craig), Erin O'Brien (TJ), Meghan Liguori (Patrick), and Aileen Sohl (Johnny), his grandchildren Anna, Jamie, Liam, Lily, Sean, James, Thomas, and Dylan, as well as his mother-in-law Marguerite Hogge, his siblings Patricia, Joseph (Stacey), Kevin, and Peter (Randi), and many others who loved him for the sweet, funny, caring man that he was and will always be remembered to be. We know that he will be welcomed and accepted into God's arms just as he welcomed and accepted everyone into his home and his heart.

Calling hours will be held at The Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 149 Old Loudon Rd., Latham, NY on Thursday, March 21 from 4-7pm. Funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet Shaker Rd., Latham on Friday, March 22 at 10:30am, followed by interment with military honors at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers and in keeping with John's love of gardening, please consider a live plant or a donation to either Community Hospice ( or Disabled American Veterans (

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Visitation at Funeral Home

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Dufresne & Cavanaugh Funeral Home
149 Old Loudon Road
Latham, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am
Friday, March 22, 2024
Our Lady Of The Assumption Church
498 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Latham, New York, United States

Interment with Military Honors

12:30 pm
Friday, March 22, 2024
Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, New York, United States
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