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Saturday December 7th, 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Christopher Fagan, Jr
Christopher J. Fagan, Jr., 64, of Niskayuna passed away on December 4, 2019 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
He was born in Albany on October 2, 1955, grew up in Troy and attended Catholic Central High School then Colgate University (77), where he met his wife, Kathy.
Immediately after college, Chris and Kathy lived in Europe, where he played professional basketball in Amsterdam, Holland, Ajaccio, Corsica and Fougeres, France. Once back in the States, he held several jobs in finance and banking before joining forces with his brother Dennis at Fagan Associates in Troy. Chris was up for any pick-up or league game he could find and for several decades he graced local courts with one of the sweetest shots around. In 2016, the first symptoms of ALS sidelined him for good.
While basketball was important, his reason for being was raising his daughters, Ryan and Kate, alongside Kathy. On any given day he could be found timing Ryan’s splits for track and cross country or helping Kate with the mechanics of her three-point shot, or just playing board games or taking them for ice cream cones. His grit and perseverance, along with sense of humor and playfulness, impacted his daughters and everyone around him.
Every Sunday without fail would find Chris, along with Kathy, attacking the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle (in ink, of course). His notebooks, filled with daily workout statistics, and journals listing all the books he had read -- ratings included -- are a testament to his spirit of accomplishment; his love of brisk Adirondack hikes and bird-watching from the deck in Bolton Landing a testament to his love of nature.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen Crowley Fagan, his daughters Ryan Pandolfini (Mike) and Kate Fagan (Kathryn), his grandchildren Henry and Francesca Pandolfini and five brothers and sisters: Anne Fitch (Robert), Elizabeth Wilkes (Barton), Dennis Fagan (Carolyn), Michael Fagan (Dianne) and Mary Schongar (William). He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews. Chris was predeceased by his mother, Frances Rose Fagan (Kosakowski), and father, Christopher J. Fagan, Sr.
Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 2 to 5 pm at the McLoughlin and Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Chris’s memory may be made to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center in Albany or the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center at Columbia University.
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I had the privilege of meeting Chris through my work place many years ago. He was professional while personable and funny. I sincerely liked him and always felt he was a friend as well as a valued business contact. I am sorry he was ill and has too soon left his family. The world was a better place with him.
Paula Miller Dec 15 2019 12:00 AM
May he rest in peace. I wish the best to his family.
Will Springstead Dec 11 2019 12:00 AM
Chris was a classy and talented individual. He was a upper class man at CCHS but I always remember him the way he treated everyone as an equal, funny since I don,t think he had an equal. When we met a few yrs later he went out of his way to find me to say hi. He will be greatly missed to anyones life ho touched
Steve LaParl Dec 8 2019 12:00 AM
Words cannot begin to describe my sadness... Chris and I became not just teammates at CCHS, but good friends as well. Removed from the basketball court, where he was a terrific player, Chris was a genuinely kind , considerate, and humble person. I am so thankful to have had the good fortune of knowing him well during our high school days. All of you will be kept in my prayers as I draw upon the wonderful memories I have of Chris. May the Good Lord watch over him and his family!
Bobby Sherlock Dec 8 2019 12:00 AM
I was fortunate to meet Chris in my late 20's when we all used to play some pretty intense pick up games at the old courts at Van Antwerp School in Nisky behind what was the old Police Station. I'm not sure if it was my sweet lefty shot (Lol Like his Brother) or my competitive nature, but he and the crew took to me (I wasn't a Nisky guy but Baker Ave raised) and would always invite me to play with the crew, (Hawk, Normie, Mike Collins, and the late Billy and many, many regulars) but we'd play hundreds of times forward at places like Avon Crest Park, Van Antwerp School( I think I may even had to cover Kate who schooled me Lol), the old OD Heck Gym, the Clifton Park Y, or even the old Sch'dy Y where the bank shot was key because of the track above!. Regardless of Hoops, I was a Chef at various good places, and he'd visit me, and we'd of course chat about famous pick up games gone by. His kids went to school with my Nieces and Nephews at Nisky, and of course we'd follow their paths. I'm sorry I did not know of his illness, and I'm hurting because i missed the wake, but I wanted to share some memories, because although we weren't great friends, I considered him a great friend! My sincerest condolences to all the Fagan's young and old, he will be missed!Mark Quinn
Mark Quinn Dec 7 2019 12:00 AM
I played basketball in high school against Chris when the Diocesan League (now defunct) was at its' zenith. He played at Catholic Central in Troy and I played at Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady. He was part of the best front line I ever played against in high school- Chris (6'5") Gary Holle (6'7) and Jim Miller (6'4). We had great games versus them in front of packed houses back then. We lost an overtime thriller to them my senior year at BG. I played in the old "All Metroland " All Star game my senior year with him and he impressed me with the kind of person he was- I only knew him as a competitor up to that point. We were both recruited by Colgate where I know he had a great career. Being only a 6'2" forward, I ended up playing at Division 3 Lycoming College in Pa. My condolences to the Fagan family and may Chris RIP.
Dave Gonzalez Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM
So sad to hearing of his passing. Always enjoyed talking with him. Im sure he will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Marge Kelly Receptionist at Niskayuna Family Practice Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM
I worked with Chris many years ago, and he was a wonderful person. During difficult time he made life a lot easier for me. Rest in Peace my friend.
Mike M Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM
I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Lots of love from Colorado - Tera Malyszko (Bjorklund)
Tera Malyszko Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Fagan family. I remember a tall, smiling, very funny and very good natured man. A truly wonderful dad! He would bring Kate and I home to shoot hoops after school or come out to join us to play in the driveway. He always had us smiling and I am just so sorry to hear of this devastating loss.
Kristen Eldred Curtin Dec 5 2019 12:00 AM