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John Patrick Morgan

October 9, 1981 — July 4, 2023

 

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JOHN PATRICK MORGAN

John Patrick Morgan, a mere forty-one years young, of Staten Island, New York, went to be with Our Lord and his Loved Ones on July 4th, 2023.

 Johnny Pat, as he was affectionately known to those that loved him for a lifetime, was born on October 9th, 1981 to John and Carole Morgan (nee Fogelstrom) of Brighton Street, Tottenville. He grew up surrounded by a large, loving, and close-knit family; with brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, and neighborhood kids regularly running in and out of his home.

John attended local public schools for his elementary and intermediary education. For high school he went to Monsignor Farrell; graduating in 1999. Farrell, a Catholic boy's high school, was a place where he grew into the quiet, competent, intelligent, dextrous, practical joker that those who were blessed to know him grew to love.  

After high school, his mother encouraged John to take the NYC Firefighters exam. While waiting for his number to be called, he continued working hard at a myriad of jobs. He worked with his father, a builder and master craftsman. He worked with his cousin as one of her mortgage processors. He worked at the side street saloon. During this period, John also met the love of his life, Deborah, at a party in his backyard. “John has a smile and a presence that lit up the room. He was loved by everyone that knew him.” Deb was no exception. She fell head over heels for John, and he for her. From that point on, they supported and encouraged each other, with schools, jobs, and family.

In 2007, Johnny Pat, along with his younger brother Ryan, began the Fire Academy at the same time. After a grueling 6-month training program and with phenomenal strength of mind, body, and spirit, John and his brother succeeded at proudly becoming NYC Firefighters, a job which they loved and excelled at. John was assigned to Cougar Country Port Richmond, Ladder Company 80. John’s brothers and peers in the fire company considered him “solid as a rock.” Our Johnny Pat was considered a senior man in his Company these last few years. He was known for being a “great firefighter and teacher”. He was a “giant of a man who kept people in line in a kind and direct way.” John was recognized as a devoted Fireman and Family Man. Whenever friends “saw John at a scene of a fire or on an emergency, they felt a sense of ease knowing that everything was going to work out.” John was “respected by his peers who elected him to represent them as their company delegate.” As good as John was as a firefighter and delegate, those who knew him, knew he was an even better man. When John would meet his fellow firefighters while out, “he would draw them in with a hug.”

As respected as John was with his peers in the Fire Department, it was nothing compared to the love, dedication, and devotion within his family. John married his beloved Deborah in April 2011. John and Deb’s union blessed the world with two of the kindest, most loving, beautiful children. First a daughter Grace, and four years later a son, John (lovingly known as Jack). John would drop everything for his children and extended family. He would take Grace to her horseback riding lessons weekly in South Jersey, Jack to his guitar and karate lessons. Last summer at Camp of the Woods, John rented a motor boat and took all of the children out on the lake for the day tubing and wakeboarding.

John Patrick Morgan had a charismatic personality that drew people towards him. When he was younger, he was “the easy one, the one you did not have to worry about,” “the rock.” Johnny Pat was “kind and made everyone feel loved and supported.” “He was the glue that held the family together.” Whenever you saw John, you knew you could unload your burdens on him; he would “patiently listen, ask questions, and pray with you.” If you needed John Patrick, “in a minute he would be there.” If he was your friend, he was your best friend. It was a privilege to meet and know John Patrick whether for a moment or a lifetime. We know he loved Jesus and relied on Him during the hard times. John was a champion for those in need, strength when friends and family were weak, a shoulder to rely on or cry on, sensitive, and Always someone who extended a helping hand. Words are inadequate to demonstrate this pillar of a man!

John’s final act of kindness came at 2:47 pm on July 4th. He texted his beloved Deb letting her know that he loved her. At 4:00 pm, he went home to be with Jesus while visiting his father.

 For those of us who have loved John, John Patrick, Johnny Pat, our lives will never, ever, be the same. We wish we could have protected John and kept him in our lives forever. He helped so many of us along life’s way, a debt we can never repay. So much Life and Love in Too Few Years.

We love you John Patrick Morgan; God Bless, God Speed. We’ll see you when our jobs here are through.

John Patrick Morgan, Cherished Husband, Father, Son, and Brother is survived by: Deborah Morgan (nee Morrison), his wife, partner, and friend who loves and misses him terribly Two children: Grace Rae Morgan (10) John Michael Morgan (Jack, 6); His parents: Carole and J. David Tolentino, John and LouAnn Morgan; Brothers and Sisters: Jared, Ryan, Alex, Alessandra, and Alisa As well as many loved Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces, Nephews, Sisters, and Brothers in Marriage

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