BROGAN, JOSEPH JOHN

A funeral mass was celebrated July 16 at the Church of St. Rose, Belmar, for Joseph John Brogan, 81, of Belmar, formerly of Jersey City. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 13 at his home. Joe was the elder son of John and Catherine (nee Delaney) Brogan, both of whom arrived in this country from County Mayo, Ireland, in the 1920’s. Joe was a proud graduate of both Seton Hall Prep and St. Peter’s College, now St. Peter’s University, graduating with a double major in English and History. Joe and his wife, Noreen, lived in Bayonne and Jersey City, with their three sons, John, George and Christopher, before moving to Belmar in 1973, where he lived until his passing. Joe became a State Farm Insurance Agent in June 1963, opening an office in Bayonne. He was still working a full schedule until March 2020, fifty-seven years later. Joe took great pride in being a State Farm agent and, during that time, he received numerous awards, including multiple appointments to the State Farm Million Dollar Sales Club. Joe was a founder of BCB Community Bank in 2000 and had served as Vice-Chairman of its Board of Directors since 2004. Joe took great pride in helping establish, with his colleagues, BCB as one of the pre-eminent banks in New Jersey. Joe was a long-time member of the Belmar Fishing Club, which he enjoyed to no end. Many a happy get-together was had at the Club with family, Club staff, who were so very kind and generous to him and Noreen over the years, and friends. Joe was a voracious reader and beach bum. He first loved the beaches of Rockaway Beach as a child and a young father, and then the beautiful, wide 3rd Ave. Beach in Belmar. In his later years, he enjoyed the Spring Lake Saltwater Pool with Noreen and their friends. In middle-age, Joe was an avid jogger, completing many five-mile local runs, as well as the New York, Boston and Honolulu Marathons, some more than once. He enjoyed the comradery of his running buddies, especially Clarence Reed and Ed Lynch. Joe was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Honora Noreen, in 2019, and his brother, George, in 2018. He is survived by his sons John, and his wife, Amy, Little Silver, George and his wife, Catrina, Denver, CO., and Christopher and his wife, Cynthia, Westfield, his grandchildren, Katherine, Clare, Kaile, Hannah and Joseph, and many caring and loved nieces and nephews. He also held a special place in his heart for his friend, Alan Rible who, together with his family, were so very kind and generous to both him and Noreen over the years. Services arranged by the Reilly Bonner Funeral Home, Belmar.