Obituary for Joseph Jude Hegarty
JOSEPH JUDE HEGARTY
1939 – 2017
Joseph Jude Hegarty of Vero Beach died Monday, May 8 with his wife, Gerrie, by his side.
He was born to the late Andrew Joseph Hegarty and Lillian Noe Hegarty in Chicago, Illinois. When Joseph was fourteen the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he graduated from Marquette University High School and went on to receive his BS in Business from Marquette University. Days after his graduation, Joseph enlisted into the United States Navy where he served until he was discharged in 1964.
In 1965, Joseph married his wife of 52 years, Gerrie Bodigor Hegarty. They lived in several states while Joseph worked for the Sunbeam Corporation as a Sales Manager. In 1977, they settled in Vero Beach, Florida where they have been active community members for 40 years. During this time Joseph worked for the Cadillac Dealership in Vero Beach until his retirement in 2005.
Joseph was passionate about his commitment to Alcoholics Anonymous. For more than 32 years he attended both the Noontime Recovery and the South Vero Meetings where he sought out those in need of help to maintain sobriety. His name was known throughout the AA Community as a man who would always be there for you. However, his greatest love was his family. If you spent more than five minutes with him you would be regaled with stories of his grandchildren’s many accomplishments, shown pictures, and viewed video. His grandchildren were his greatest joy.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Gerrie, his two children: Drew (Melinda) Hegarty of Tampa and Erin Hegarty of Vero Beach and his three grandchildren: Lois Hegarty Larsen (Jared) of Jacksonville; Kent Hegarty and Lucy Hegarty of Tampa. He is also survived by five siblings: Maureen Smith and Dee Kosidowski of Tucson; Mary White, Anne Hurley and John Hegarty of Milwaukee. Brothers Robert Hegarty and Patrick Hegarty are deceased.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 11:15 am until noon immediately followed by a Prayer Service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to a charity of their choosing.
Anyone wishing to send the family a message or share a story is asked to visit Joe’s memorial page at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com