John J. Foley, 82, of Worcester, a retired Worcester firefighter, died Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the UMass-Memorial Medical Center.

He leaves his wife of 60 years, Roberta T. (Shea) Foley; four children, John J. Foley Jr. and his wife Kathleen, Nancy M. Ridick and her husband James, Thomas J. Foley and his wife Marguerite, and Kevin T. Foley and his companion Maureen E. White, all of Worcester; two brothers, Daniel J. and Joseph M. Foley, both of Worcester, two sisters, Mary V. Gray of Auburn and Kathleen V. Sargent of Worcester, nine grandchildren, Kevin M. Foley, Timothy Ridick, Kathryn Ridick, Kellianne Foley, Patrick Foley, Kristin Ridick, Michael Foley, Meghan Graham and Brian Foley; two great-granddaughters, Keira and Maeve Foley, and many nieces and nephews. His brother Francis T. Foley died in 1990. His sister Helen T. Buma died in 1975.

Mr. Foley was born in Worcester, son of Timothy and Catherine (McMahon) Foley, and lived in Worcester all his life.

He attended St. Stephen's Grammar School and St. John's High School, which he left to enlist in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served aboard the USS Indiana in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. After serving with the Worcester Fire Patrol, he was appointed to the Worcester Fire Dept. in 1959. He retired after more than 30 years as a firefighter.

Mr. Foley was a lifelong member of St. Stephen's Parish. He was a member of the Grafton Hill American Legion Post 323, the Worcester Firefighters Relief Assn., and the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Assn. He was a former director of the Worcester Fire Dept. Credit Union. He was a devoted Boston Red Sox fan.

Calling hours are Monday, March 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Tuesday, March 31 from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church, 357 Grafton St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008.

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on 3/29/2009