John F. Igo Jr.

Born: Wed., Nov. 25, 1936
Died: Thu., Dec. 4, 2014


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Dec. 09, 2014
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Wed., Dec. 10, 2014
Location: St. Patricks C hurch

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Whitinsville- John F. Igo, 78, of Cornwall on Hudson, NY, died on Thurs. Dec. 4 at Elant @ Newburgh, after an illness. His wife Margaret “Peg” (Cullen) Igo predeceased him on May 21, 2014. He is survived by his children, Ellen and Michael; his brother in law Tom Cullen and his wife Miriam; his sister in law Sonia Cullen, as well as nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his brother in law Jim Cullen and sister in law, Maureen Cullen as well.
John was born on Nov. 25, 1936 to the late John and Anne (Fallon) Igo in Boston.  He spent his childhood in the Roslindale section of Boston.  He was a graduate of Boston College High School and Boston College.  He later received his Master’s Degree from Calvin Coolidge College. Teaching was his passion and he devoted over 45 years to the profession.  He taught in MA, CA, the Far East, at NY Military Academy and ended his career at Marlboro (NY) High School. After retirement in 2000, he continued to work at Marlboro in many capacities including the camera club, chief photographer for student events and sharing his patriotism with the students.  This past June, he was honored at the Senior Awards banquet for his service to the district. In 1964, John married Peggy, and together they lived in Japan, the Philippines, CA, NY, VT and MA. John proudly served his country in the US Army and retired from the US Coast Guard Reserves.  He was an active member in the local branch #229 of the Fleet Reserve Association.  He ran the annual Memorial Day Tea, Veterans Day program and the Pearl Harbor Ceremony at Marlboro High School. John’s true joy in life was finding a bargain.  He loved picking out “treasures” that he would share with family and friends.  His quick wit was admired by others, and he never left home without a camera.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Tues. Dec. 9 at Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville.  John’s funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville on Wed. Dec 10 at 11a.m.  Burial with Military honors will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit

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MaryJane (Connor) Collins
   Posted Fri December 05, 2014
Ellen & family,
Your father was a very special man. I recall pleasant memories of both your parents from St. Thomas and NYMA. We moved to Milton, NY when I was 13 and again ran into your dad teaching at Marlboro High School.
He was one of the teachers that inspired students and truly cared about them.
He is in a better place. Take your memories and hold them close to your heart. One day you will walk again with them.

G.R. Beauchamp
   Posted Fri December 05, 2014
Remembering A Good Man, Who I Often Met On The 'Treasure Hunt'. John Was A True 'Picker', With Camera In-hand. The War Is Over....Eternal Peace Is Your Greatest Medal....Wear It Proud.

Cori Johnston
   Posted Sat December 06, 2014
Thank you Mr. Igo for introducing me to photography and instilling the skills of the craft into my life. You are influential to many of your students lives and I am grateful to have learned from you. You will truly be missed. Rest in Peace.

Constance M. Hard
   Posted Sat December 06, 2014
On behalf of my family, I would like to send my condolences to the Igo Family on the passing of John Igo, May He Rest in Peace.

Gabriella Paffendorf
   Posted Sun December 07, 2014
To the loving family of John F. Igo; I never had the great honor of meeting John Igo however my husband, Andrew Paul Paffendorf, formerly of Newburgh, NY, was a student of Mr. Igo at Marlboro High. Andy spoke of Mr. Igo often over the past twenty five years and still does, so this news has come as a terrible shock today and he has been beside himself with grief and mourning.

I would like you to know of the impact Mr. Igo had on my husband when teaching at Marlboro High. Mr. Igo was his teacher and pulled Andy aside one day to discuss Andy’s plans for the future. Andy had decided on going to vocational school to become a electrician but Mr. Igo saw things in Andy that others did not, and because of this insight he encouraged Andy to take a different route and advised him to pursue something in the field of public speaking. Andy said he listened of course, as Mr. Igo was his best and favorite teacher and they had a very good rapport, but being young, he was not so sure about career choices. Andy had also planned to join the Navy prior to attending vocational school and Mr. Igo encouraged him whole-heartedly, but again encouraged that once he was done with his time in the Navy he really consider the public speaking route.

Andy served his time in the Military and worked on airplanes. Once done he did go into electronics but after a few years he realized what Mr. Igo said was true, it was not the field for him and he was miserable. So with Mr. Igo’s words in the back of his mind he did pursue a career in public speaking, as a Technical Trainer, teaching adults, thus combining his strengths and interests in computers and all things technical.

Andy landed a job with a start-up software company in 1998, worked hard, and advanced in his career to eventually go on and become the Director of Technical training for a large fortune 500 company. It was at this time, about three years ago that he reached out to his favorite teacher Mr. Igo via a letter, to thank him personally for his kindness and wisdom and for his direction because those words resonated with Andy throughout his career and inspired him to do what he is best at. Mr. Igo was right all along and Andy wanted him to know. He sent the letter and waited and hoped for a reply, sure enough after a few months he received a reply from Mr. Igo, happy to learn that Andy was so affected by him and that he did follow his advice and made a successful career out of it.

Over the years they continued to write and stay in touch and Andy even encouraged other former students to do the same and they did and Mr. Igo was pleased and so were his now adult but former students.

It brings me great joy to know that Mr. Igo was able to realize how many people he touched in his lifetime that he had such a profound effect on so many young people, made such a strong and lasting impression that it followed these young men throughout their lives and encouraged them to do more, strive for more, be better than they thought they could ever be.

Mr. Igo made a difference in this world, a positive one that continues to this day through the students that were fortunate enough to be in his class. The world has lost a true inspiration, an outstanding teacher, a kind, and honorable man, but he will never be forgotten by all those that he touched.

It is our hope that you take great comfort in knowing how many people are thinking of him and have him in their hearts and that you are able to find some peace in this knowledge during this time of great loss.

linda poole
   Posted Mon December 08, 2014
Dear Ellen and Michael,

Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers these next few days.
I am very sad to hear about your Dad's passing and not good at expressing so.
I enjoyed reading the letter from Gabriella and learning how respected and loved your Dad was by his former students. Living away and only seeing your parents every few years, I never heard these wonderful stories and John was very humble and did not speak of his accomplishments. I am so glad to know more about him.
With love to you both,
Linda Poole

Tom Dolan
   Posted Tue December 09, 2014

I was saddened to learn of John’s passing. We were close friends in our youth and went to Boston College High School together. I have many fond memories of John. Our paths separated after high school until about ten years ago when I received a post card from John, updating me on his life, his support for his wife, Peggy, and his family. This card initiated a wonderful series of delightful cards and letters, which we shared until now.

John was a Patriot. He was a kind, generous, helpful man with a keen sense of humor. I will miss John and will remember him and his wife in my prayers.

May he rest in peace.

Jim Landers BC High '54
   Posted Tue December 09, 2014
The great class of 1954 at B.C. High is poorer now that our friend and classmate John Igo has passed away. We shall miss him. God Bless you John.

Pat Benoit/Ritas
   Posted Fri December 12, 2014
It was much to my dismay to open the paper today to see the passing of a great man that touched so many people. John has been coming to my store since I opened 3 years ago. He was not only a customer, but became a friend. I enjoyed listening to his stories and learning about cameras. I would save all the cameras I came across for him. He was the kind of man who touched your heart from the moment you met him and I will miss him so. I am lucky to have the privilege to have met such a great man. With Sympathy Pat Benoit

Dane Young
   Posted Sun November 06, 2016
I'm so sorry I just heard about this. Mr. Igo was the best of people, a fantastic educator and a mentor of mine when I started making sense of the world. I still have a copy of ELEMENTS OF STYLE that he gifted me upon graduating from Marlboro in 87. He inspired me but more than that he got me in the right place to succeed in life. Im a better man from having him in my life.

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