Gerard McGonagle

Published 9:55 pm Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Gerard “Jerry” McGonagle, age 65, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk.

Jerry was born on June 13, 1956, in Boston, Mass., to Arthur and Kathleen (Liddell) McGonagle. He was a 1975 graduate of Catholic Central High School in Monroe, Mich. Right out of high school, Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he would proudly serve for 24 years. He served on the USS Albert Davis (December 1975 to January 1980), the USS McLusky (June 1983 to June 1985), the USS David R. Ray (July 1985 to December 1986) and the USS Orion (March 1990 to February 1992). Jerry loved serving in the Navy. He was a true American Patriot. Jerry also loved his sports, and it would be hard to find someone who loved the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots more than he did. But above all else, he loved his family.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Janet (Johnson), of 36 years; his two daughters, Kristan and Karrah; his two granddaughters, Alexis and Keeley; his two sisters, Marie and Eileen; his aunt, Sister Helen Mary McGonagle; and many nieces, nephews, great-niece, great-nephew and cousins.

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Family, friends and others whose lives Jerry touched are invited at 1 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2021, to St. Luke’s Cemetery, 14477 Benns Church Blvd., Smithfield, VA 23430, for the services. Celebration of life details to follow services. Jerry’s final resting place will be at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk. Online condolences may be registered at