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John Brendan Brogan

01/26/1977 - 10/19/2021


Obituary For John Brendan Brogan

John B. Brogan (JB), 44, of East Providence, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Providence, John grew up in Bristol and later settled with his family in East Providence, where he spent the last 18 years. He was the husband of Crystal (Miranda) Brogan of East Providence, and was the son of Rick Brogan and Susan (Gregory) Abilheira of Bristol.
In his younger years, John attended and graduated from Mt. Hope High School in Bristol where he was a member of the marching band, playing the trombone, and was the drum major for the parade band. He loved sports of all kinds and also participated in various sports teams when he was a student. Later in life, John enjoyed watching all of the New England sports teams. He was an active Boy Scout, as well, even attaining the rank of Eagle scout. This gave him the opportunity to travel all across the country. In his adult life, John worked as a Regional Sales Representative for many years and just recently started his new position at Case New Holland. As an avid sports fan, he loved to watch his daughters play soccer and perform in their dance recitals. This prompted him to begin coaching soccer teams in East Providence. In his spare time, John loved boating out on Narragansett Bay and at the family lake house in Sturbridge, MA. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his children, family and all the friends he made in his life and the close neighbors he had from the lake.
In addition to his wife and parents, John is survived by his four daughters, Rebecca Helger and her husband Luke Archambault, Mackenzie Brogan, Jordyn Brogan and Kiley Brogan, all of East Providence; his brother, Greg Abilheira and his wife Allison of Swansea, MA; his two grandchildren, Leo John and Stella Lee, and his nephew Aidan.
Arrangements are with Smith Funeral and Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, where the family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, October 29, 2021 4-7pm. A memorial service in his honor will be held at 7pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a non-profit organization of your choice.
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  • Tim and I just learned the sad news of John's passing. we will miss seeing him on the lake. What a huge loss. He was bigger thanl life, always had a smile and helping hand. 0ur sincerest condolences to his family Tim and Jane Seitz

  • To the Brogan family I am so very sorry for your loss. JB was a kind and funny guy. Always had a smile on his face and a great personality. I pray you find some kind of peace. Debbie Andreozzi and family

  • Crystal, Becca, Kenzie, Jordie and Kylie (and of course, Luke and babies 💗)....There are no words that can ever express how DEEPLY DEEPLY sorry we are. It doesn't seem real 😔. Please know you are all forever in our thoughts...and our prayers. JB was "larger than life"- always full of zest and personality. Sooo not fair. We're sending each and every one of you, the BIGGEST hugs and our MOST heartfelt sympathy. Much Love Steve, Sarah and Peyton ❤❤❤

  • My family & I are saddened by this tremendous loss. My fiancé and I both worked along side John 2018-2019 at SiteScapes and he was such a remarkably funny, caring & all around great guy & father. May he rest in the sweetest peace <3

  • I will miss J.B.'s kind and welcoming heart. He was a good man, which can be seen in the kindness of the daughters he raised with Crystal. May he rest in peace. With love, Heather Hassan

  • So sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing him on Cedar Lake. With sympathy, Jerry and Cindy Giroux your neighbors on Shore Rd.

  • Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am a cousin of John's father Rick. Although we didnt get a chance to see you all often, I always felt that JB was a great man and was so proud of him! Love. Wendy (Northup) Sivula

  • Sorry for your loss. Buddy

  • Our family will remember JB fondly for his kindness to our children. May he rest in peace, I know he is watching over his beautiful family.

  • Susan snd Family, No words can describe our sincerest sympathy for the loss of dear John. May each of you celebrate the life he lived as the amazing dad, father, and son he was. His life ended when he had so much to live for. May the strength and support of family and friends support you now and always to help you through this extremely difficult time May He Rest In Peace. 🙏🥰🙏Peggie and Tom

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