NORTH FALMOUTH, Mass. — Msgr. John J. Regan, 87, of North Falmouth died May 24 after a brief illness. He was born in Taunton on June 16, 1927 the son of Raymond J. and Gertrude (O’Neil) Regan. He attended St. Charles College and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Md.; and was ordained on May 23, 1953 by Bishop James Connolly in Fall River.
He served in numerous parishes of the Fall River Diocese: St. James Parish, New Bedford; Sacred Heart Parish, Fall River; as the rector of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, Fall River; pastor of St. Thomas More, Somerset; St. Patrick’s Church in Falmouth as curate in the 1960s and as pastor from 1989 until his retirement in 2000.
He oversaw the renovation of St. Patrick’s Church and rectory. He oversaw the diocesan nursing homes as director of the Diocesan Health Facilities. He served for many years as the financial manager of the diocesan newspaper The Anchor.
In 1974 he was elevated to the rank of domestic prelate and honored with the distinction to be called monsignor. In 1997 he was made a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. Following his retirement he remained an active member of the Falmouth community for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and chaplain of the Irish American Club of Cape Cod.
He is survived by his sister, Jean (Regan) Ohnesorge of Enid, Okla.; nephews and nieces, Craig and Regina Martin of East Falmouth, Neil and Susan Martin of North Falmouth, Bruce Martin of Marblehead; Cathleen (Ohnesorge) Weis of Ft. Myers, Fla; Dan and Natalie Ohnesorge, of Enid, Okla., Steve and Rose Ohnesorge of Morganton, N.C., and Richard and Sally (Ohnesorge) Postmus of Lake Worth, Fla., several grand nephews and nieces, and his good friend Helen Murphy of West Roxbury. Predeceased by his sister, Nancy (Regan) Martin, and brothers-in-law Richard K. Martin, and Robert W. Ohnesorge.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church in Falmouth on May 30. Interment followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Falmouth. The family asks that donations in his honor may be made to St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth, Mass., 02540. Arrangements were handled by Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Homes, Falmouth.