FARGO, NICHOLAS CARMEN

Former Jersey City Fire Dept. deputy chief

A mass of Christian burial took place Nov. 4 at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Jersey City, for Nicholas Carmen Fargo, 98. He died Oct. 30 at home with family. He was born in Jersey City and married Sarah Macdonell. They shared 54 years of love and family until her death in 1996. He leaves his children, JoAnn (Fargo) Degnan, Sally (Fargo) Medeiros, and Nicholas Fargo and his sons-in law, Joseph Degnan and Paul Medeiros and daughter-in -law Karen (McGill) Fargo. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Sarah Degnan, Nicholas Degnan, Alexander Degnan, Lynette Medeiros, Paul Medeiros, Nicholas Fargo, and Jennifer Fargo. He enjoyed the love of four great-grandchildren, Eleonora Degnan, Abigail Degnan, James Degnan, and Lucienne Degnan. He graduated from Synder High School in 1939 and served as staff sergeant and gunner in United States Air Force in World War II from 1941-1945. He joined the Jersey City Fire Department in 1948 and retired with rank of Deputy Chief in 1979. He also served as Director of Fire and Emergency Services and Director of Public Safety under Mayor Paul Jordan and later as Hudson County Public Safety Director. He then served as a Regional Director of FEMA from 1981-86. Nicholas was ordained a permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in 1974 and served in St. Patrick’s Parish and Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Jersey City. He served for many years as deacon for the Jewish Hospital and worked with Sister Alice McCoy in establishing Hudson Hospice. He was well-loved and honored by his fellow parishioners at his retirement in 2011. Services arranged by the Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City.