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Obituaries

KENNETH WILLIAM GEOGHAN, 59, of Shirley, died surrounded by his loving family on July 12th, 2017 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. Ken was born in Brooklyn. He was a tool &die fabricator by trade. He loved the beach and would walk for miles. He was an animal lover and was the beloved master of his canine companions, Georgia and the late Mayhem. He enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader, and loved participating with friends in “game night”. He loved working at Home Depot. He loved people and tried to evangelize anyone who would listen. Ken had a deep and abiding love of Jesus and was devout in his faith. Even in the face of decades of health issues he never lost faith in God’s mercy. He was so elated about the upcoming birth of his soon to be grandchild. Ken became an ordained Deacon on May 22nd, 1999. He served faithfully, and lovingly his parish of St. Jude. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife Linda to whom he had been married for thirty-four years. He was the beloved father to Geoffrey (Brigette). He was the cherished brother to Geraldine (John) Posillico and Maryellen (Jimmy) Keenan and brother-in-law of Bob (Patricia) Jentz. Ken brought the Word of God to all he met. He was a member of the Healing Hearts bereavement support team for parents who had lost children. He was a member of St. Jude’s Shrine Knights of Columbus where he was the Chaplain, Past President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Family and friends were received at Roma Funeral Home on Saturday and Sunday. A Mass of Transferral was offered on Sunday evening at St. Jude’s RC Church and the funeral mass was offered on Monday at 9:00 am. Interment took place at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.

 

Long story short
By Barbara Guarino Kruk

The Bible tells us the story of Job. He was a man who suffered endless misery during his life and yet never lost faith in the mercy of God. With each trial that the Lord placed before him, Job would accept the will of God. He never questioned why he was being tested. His faith was unbreakable.
On July 12th, 2017, after years of suffering, Kenneth William Geoghan, fifty-nine years old left his earthly home to finally meet His Lord Jesus. During Ken’s last hours he was surrounded by his beautiful wife Linda, who has devoted her life to her husband for nearly thirty-four years and his beloved son Geoffrey and his bride Brigette. His death, while sad, is bittersweet; it was the end to so much suffering.
Ken was a man of true and unshakeable faith. He entered the Diaconate and was ordained on May 22, 1999. His ordination was the fulfillment of a life of devotion to his faith. He served with love, compassion, and honor, the good people of St. Jude’s RC Church. He loved bringing the word of God to anyone who would listen.
Ken was a storyteller in the tradition of his Irish heritage. We all cringed when he started a story with the expression “A long story short”. Once you heard those words you knew you were in for a good hour. He was funny and a good speaker. One of his favorite duties as Deacon was when he was able to preach at Sunday Mass. His homilies were always interesting; a little long, but what the heck.
A number of years ago I asked Ken, along with several others from our church, to join me in creating a bereavement support group for parents who had lost children. Ken was the first to volunteer. While others came and went, he remained steadfast in assisting me with helping these folks to heal. It was a heart wrenching task, but he felt the accomplishment in bringing comfort to the wounded.
Ken was a straight shooter. His temper, which he desperately tried to keep in check, would occasionally get him in hot water. He would always blame it on his Irish temperament; but with such a good heart it was easy to forgive him.
With all the pain; all the loss; all the disappointments that God had put as obstacles in his path, he never wavered in his love for Him. We, his closest friends, were always amazed at his stamina; his determination; and his stubbornness. When asked, “How do you feel?” his stock answer was always, “Great.” He never whined or complained. He was a real trooper and brave beyond all imagining. He was elated at the news that his son Geoffrey and his wife Brigette were expecting their first child. “I am going to be a grandfather” he proudly announced. We were all hoping that he would survive the birth of the child.
Long story short, Kenneth William Geoghan, was a man of faith, who had a deep, unshakable, love for God and family. I am heartbroken for his passing; joyful that he is no longer suffering; and blessed to have called him my friend.

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