Philip Roland Fagan

Philip Roland Fagan

January 28, 1933 - November 29, 2008

Philip Roland Fagan

January 28, 1933 - November 29, 2008


Philip Roland Fagan passed away at the age of 75. He was a kind and caring family man who was proud of his Irish-Italian heritage. He was a devoted husband, father and son who shared his love of the ocean, animals, drawing and cooking with all who knew and loved him. Philip was born in Newport, Rhode Island on January 28, 1933 to Philip Augustin Fagan and Dina Regina Uperti Fagan. The family moved to California when Philip was 10 years old. The family settled in Long Beach where Philip attended Saint Anthony’s high school. Philip served in the Army during the Korean War and graduated from California State University Long Beach, with a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minor in history. He had a 34-year long career as an aerospace engineer in Advanced Systems with Rockwell International where he retired from the Satellite Systems division in 1988. Philip married Joan Ann Davis in 1956 and together they raised six children in Cypress, California. It was their dream to someday live in a house near the ocean. This dream materialized when Phil and Joan moved to Laguna Niguel in 1988. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 47 years. He is survived by sister, Nadine Morella of Texas, children Patricia Gray, Philip M. Fagan, Jennifer Fagan, Jeffrey Fagan, Hilary Seleb and Michelle Allen, 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Services are to be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 10:00 am at Mission Basilica, San Juan Capistrano, followed with the interment of both Philip and Joan Fagan at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, California.

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18 responses to Philip Roland Fagan

  1. Jenny Fagan says:

    I will always remember you and keep you in my heart Daddy. I miss you and Mom every day but I know you are both together again in Heaven. Love to you forever- Jenny

  2. edie lederer says:

    when jenny first introduced me to her parents, I was pretty nervous. I brought flowers for Joan and we all sat down in the formal living room. Jenny’s dad brought out a bottle of wine and we each had a glass and we talked. After finishing the wine, Phil said “So, how did you like the wine?” and I of course, answered, that it was very good. He started laughing and said “Not bad for a 2 Dollar bottle, huh?” That was 17 years ago that Jenny introduced me to her family.
    I am very lucky to have been taken in by all the Fagans as a weird Austrian who has a lot in common with them.
    I love you Joan and Phil and you will always be in my heart.
    Edie Lederer

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. We feel so blessed to have met your father at so many wonderful family parties! Michelle, Gunnar can’t believe how much he “sees Drake’s face” in the childhood picture of your dad! Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    With love, Yvette, Mike & Gunnar Steele

  4. Cousin Phil will be missed by all who were blessed by his warm loving bear hugs, his wit and graciousness. Phil and his family, welcomed me into their home and we walked down memory lane during an enjoyable Californian afternoon. I saw in Phil’s jovial face, my grandfather and my father, giving me a connection to my past that I sorely needed. Dear Phil-God bless.

    Anne Marie Fagan

  5. Patti Gray says:

    I cant even begin to put into words my thoughts/ I have a great desire to call you and share a laugh or two, especially of the videos of Bush getting shoes thrown at him. The Wizard of Oz was on TV last night. I know you and Mom are both in heaven over the rainbow. I love you both for being such wonderful parents, thank you for all you gave of yourself to make me the person I am.

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