Richard Thomas Fogarty Jr.

richard  fogarty  jr.

December 5, 1921 ~ October 17, 2013

Born in: Savannah, GA
Resided in: Buford, GA

Richard Buddy Thomas Fogarty, 91, a native of Savannah Georgia passed away on 17 OCT, 2013. He was born in Savannah Georgia to the late Richard and Ruth Fogarty on 5 DEC, 1921. Richard graduated from Benedictine Military School in 1940 and enlisted in the US Army following graduation. He was a crewmember on B 17s, flying out of Molesworth England as a member of the famous 303d Bomb Group, the "Hells Angels" of the "Mighty Eighth" Air Force. His bomber was shot down over Czechoslovakia on his 35th mission in March of 1945 and he spent the remainder of the war as a POW in Germany returned home to Savannah and married the love of his life, Frances Mary Clemence on 16 JUN, 1945. They settled in Savannah and raised seven children. He was employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and after 30 years of outstanding service retired in 1974. In 1979, he and Frances moved to Lawrenceville GA to be near their children and he started a second career with International Safety Instruments. Richard was a devout Catholic and was active in church activities throughout his life including serving as an officer of the Catholic Charity - the Society of ST Vincent De Paul. He loved all sports, but especially playing golf and passed this passion on to his sons. Richard is survived by his wife, seven children, sixteen grandchildren, eleven great-grand children and many sons and daughters in law. Funeral mass will be said Monday October 21, 2013 at 11 A.M. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church with Fr. Juan Anzora serving as celebrant. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Wages & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be held at 1 P.M. at Gwinnett Memorial Park Cemetery. Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel. 770-277-4550. Online condolences may expressed at

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  1. I send my condolences to all the Fogary family. Buddy was my uncle,and
    My Godfather,and I loved and admired him. I know he is at great peace with
    Our Lord,Jesus Christ.Know that I
    Love all of you, my dear cousins.


  2. My uncle Buddy loved his family very much. He was also very attentive to his only sister, Virginia who was my mom. When mom was sick, he was always calling to check on her and see if there was anything he could do to help. His prayers for mom were much appreciated by all of us.

    I know mom was there to welcome him to heaven and now he has found true peace.

    Buddy’s love for God and devotion to the Catholic Church were an inspiration to so many.

    My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all my cousins as they experience this deep loss.

    May you know God’s unconditional love and healing presence.

    your cousin
    Mary Ann

  3. Ruthie, I remember your Dad at various times during in youth when I spent the night in your home or was included in the various family gatherings. He certainly loved his family. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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