In Memory of John A. Facey
John A. Facey, FSA 1963 and MAAA 1965, passed away peacefully at his home in West Hartford just after his 90th birthday on March 2, 2016, surrounded by members of his family. Jack was born on February 18, 1926, in Buffalo, New York, son of the late John Abbott and Elizabeth Benham Crowell, and is survived by his younger brothers Edward and Jerold. He is also survived by his wife Mary of 67 years, whom he loved dearly, and six children: John A. Facey, III, his wife Patricia and their three sons, Justin , Christopher, and Michael; Jeffrey A. Facey, his wife Maite Renedo Lorrio; James W. Facey, his wife Jacqueline and their two sons, Ryan, his wife Jennifer, and Geoffrey; Juliana Facey Prignano, her husband Paul and their four sons, Paul, his wife Dana, James, his wife Marcia, Thomas, and Robert; Marlene Facey McGunigle, her fiancé Douglas Morris, and her children Megan, Gregory, and Bridget; and Jerald P. Facey, his wife Patricia and their three children, Jack, Cara, and Colleen; and seven great-grandchildren.
At the age of three he moved from Buffalo to Springfield, Massachusetts, where he grew up. After graduation from classical high school he joined the V12 United States Naval Air Pilot Program and was assigned to their Officer Training Program at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, from which institution he proudly graduated in 1947. He received a Masters Degree in mathematics from Boston University in 1949. Later that spring he was married to Mary Murphy on June 18, 1949. He was a math professor at the Universities of Connecticut and Maryland before accepting a position in the Connecticut General Life Insurance Companies Actuarial Program in 1952. He later became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and held actuarial positions at National Life, Security Connecticut Life, Lincoln National and as President of Connecticut American Life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 544 and the American Legion Post 27, a founding parishioner of St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, a West Hartford Junior Legion head baseball coach for 22 years, which he thoroughly enjoyed, and a lifelong model railroader.
Of his many loyalties, the most precious were his Holy Cross Crusaders, the Boston Red Sox, the Northwest Catholic Indians, and most of all, his loving and extended family.
In his retirement years he and Mary traveled extensively, visiting far-flung places such as Saipan, Ibiza, Scandinavia, Ireland, England, and Costa Rica. He loved his treasured haven on the pond at the Cape and visits from his extended family. He enjoyed lifelong friendships with his actuarial and bridge friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter Claver, Northwest Catholic High School, or Boston Children's Hospital.