Deacon John M Edgerton met Jesus in person on January 17th, 2023, at the age of 91, after a lifetime of loving service to his savior and Lord. Deacon John was a loving and beloved husband to Joan. Together, they shared their love with their four children, Michael, Daniel, Janice and Carl. Deacon John is also survived by five granddaughters and two great grandsons.
Mrs. Edgerton and Deacon John’s children and grandchildren hold him in their hearts as a loving, prayerful family man who loved his Lord God and his family with lifelong dedication.
Deacon John and Joan raised their children in Mahopac New York, before retiring and eventually settling in Tarpon Springs, Florida, where Mrs. Edgerton continues to reside. Finding their home in Tarpon Springs was part of the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to live close to the ocean, where John could spend time on the water, boating fishing and just enjoying what was, to him, one of God’s greatest gifts of life. From Kinderhook and Mahopac lakes and Montauk, Long Island, to the east and west coasts of Florida, John could always be seen in fun loving poses in and out of the water with his children and grandchildren, embracing his truest spirit and enjoying life in the water.
Deacon John was ordained to the Order of the Deacons by John Cardinal O’Connor on May 24th, 1986, in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Through his ministry, while still in New York, Deacon John and Joan co-founded a youth retreat movement known as Day by Day Agape, which still flourishes under the auspices of the Capuchin Province of St. Mary’s of New York and New England.
Deacon John retired in 1988 after a successful career as a Producer and Vice President in TV Advertising. He and Joan began their new life in Florida in 1988, where Deacon John took up his full-time ministry at the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Deacon John served at St. Luke’s the Evangelist Church parish in Palm harbor, St. Patrick’s in South Tampa, again at St. Luke’s and finally, for many years, at St. Ignatius of Antioch, his home parish.
Deacon John will be sorely missed by many and by none more than his grateful family. If asked, John, Dad, Pappa would always say that his two greatest loves were Jesus and Joan. His love was felt dearly by all who knew him well.
The Funeral Mass will be held Monday, January 23rd, at 11:30 AM at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Donations may be made to Maryknoll Society or the Missionaries of Africa or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.