John J. "Jack" McFadden Sr., 69, of Norwalk, walks now in rolling green pastures, and his Irish eyes rest in peace. On Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, Jack died of a sudden heart attack at his home.
He was born April 8, 1939, in Cleveland, son of the late Michael and Pauline (Boose) McFadden. He grew up inNorwalk with his nine brothers and sisters, eight of whom survive him, Maureen (Robert) Spettel, James (Dorothy) McFadden,Pauline Schaffer, Joanne Schaffer, Rita McFadden, Michael (Sue) McFadden, Neil (Joan) McFadden, Kathleen Osborne, and a sister who preceded him in death, Margaret Stanley.
He was proud of his big family, his Irish heritage and his mother'sroots in France. He attendedSt. Paul School. When he was 17he joined the Navy and was assigned to the U.S. Agile (MSO 421). He spent more than half of his four years overseas and was honorably discharged in 1962. His memories of the Navy and the stories he told were a shining example of a proud American who loved his country. Jack worked in various occupations throughout his life including as a fireman for the Norwalk Fire Department, as a concrete finisher and in manufacturing at Mayflower.
He is survived by his former wife, Cindy McFadden; children, John Jr. (Beth), Tim (A.J.), Scott (Lachell) and Kelly (Scot) Smith; his grandchildren, Joshua, Devin, Madison, Colin, Ean, Lillie, Chloe, Spencer; and his granddogs, Seven and Max.
He loved his family, which he used to call his brood, and they loved him through good times and tough times. He cherished his grandkids who will miss Grandpa Jack. We will all miss his laugh, his smile and the twinkle in his eyes.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Joann (Rospert) McFadden and a stepgranddaughter, Jordan Smith.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Mass of Christian Burial will be at10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk; the Rev. David Cirata will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jordan L. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Huron High School.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.