John Heagerty

Profile Updated: November 2, 2015
Residing In: San Jose, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Antoinette "Toni"
Occupation: Retired (December 2014) Chairman Coakley Heagerty Advertising & PR
Children: Michael Dennis "Mike" (1967), married to Elizabeth "Liz" (Ong); grands, Matthew John (1999), William More…Anthony "Will" (2001).

Kathryn Meneice"Katie" (1968), married to Tom Zazueta; grands, Christopher Rochin "Chris" (2002), Carolyn Kaas (2003).

Kerry Jane (1970), married to Greg Benoit; grands, Elaina Antoinette (2003), Chiara Meneice (2005).

Melissa Rose (1978-2011).

Teresa (1979), married to Rashad Jones; grands, Lillian Antoinette "Liily"/"LA" (2009); Alia Rose (2013)

Earned A.A., O.C.C., 1963; B.A. (History), S.F.State, 1965. Married Toni Sanzo--my date at the '60 O'Dowd Senior Ball--after graduating from SFSU. Spent 4 1/2 years in New York City, attended NYU Grad Biz School, worked at two different large ad agencies, started my family (first three kids) and returned, 1970, to join San José ad and PR agency run by older brother and cousin. Still work there. Coakley Heagerty brought the world The Pet Rock in 1975. Have enjoyed working with fabulous group of biz associates, in wide variety of industries. Have been very involved in community. Was an instuctor in advertising, at Foothill College, 1977-90, and at San José State, 1985-90. Have enjoyed being part of organizing O'Dowd '60 reunions since 1985.

Have lived in the same house since 1975. Bought a great place in Truckee in 1997, which was remodeled in 2002-03. Family grew to five kids with three born in the 1970s. Apologies to Lou Gehrig, but Toni and I are the luckiest people on the face of the Earth. Overjoyed with the blessings of seven grandchildren, listed above, who have captivated us throughout the 21st century. Full retirement has not yet taken over--Coakley Heagerty is being purchased by son-in-law and daughter Tom & Katie Zazueta, majority owners, with a minority interest held by daughter Teresa Jones--but it's in sight now, well before, I hope, the end of the tunnel.

School Story:

I've mused awhile on this one. The spring of 1958 brought, as always, April showers, but, for the first time ever to the Bay Area, Major League Baseball. My dad bought tickets to Opening Day, April 15th, which was Giants vs. Dodgers. Serra High grad Geno Cimoli, leading off against the crafty right-hander Ruben Gomez, swinging for the fences on the first pitch and missing. My dad, mom and I went to Seals Stadium on a bus with a crowd from a bar in Fruitvale.

O'Dowd fits into this picture because the game was played on Tuesday, a regular school day. The next day, first thing in Homeroom, I gave Mr. LaPorte (Coach Frank) a note from my mother, explaining that I was absent from school because I went to the Giants' game with her and my dad. Shortly thereafter, I ran into Jim "The Jimer" Rogers, now deceased, who said he went to the game, too, with his parents. We shared a nice recap of the game, won by our newest hometown (sort of) favorites, a complete game shutout, 8-0, with a home run by rookie Orlando Cepeda, playing in his first MLB game.

Later that Wednesday, before school was over, I was asked to see (as I recall) Fr. Keane (the Dean). Fr. Keane said that I would have to serve a full-day detention on the coming Saturday, cleaning rocks and weeds off the baseball field. I guess the Powers That Be determined this would be appropriate punishment for a transgressor of the O'Dowd Rules on Attendance, who flagrantly went to a baseball game during regular school hours. Parental permission was not considerd. Additionally, this action would no doubt help the wayward student to better understand recently studied concepts from World History class (Frank LaPorte)--i.e. the Code of Hammurabi, "An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth."

Stunned to find that I now had to come to school on Saturday, so the authorities could mete out their (unjust) punishment, I called Jim Rogers to find out if he had gotten the same sentence as I had. And, if so, could I get a ride on Saturday with him? (The Jimer had just gotten his drivers' license.)

Well, here's where truth & justice forever parted. Jim's mom had indicated in her note to O'Dowd that his absence was due to illness, a cold, I think, not mentioning the ball game. Naturally, that fell comfortably within the small-print, four-pages of rules governing the well (?) ordered O'Dowd administrative machine.

My buddy Jimer never let me forget these transgressions, his, mine and O'Dowd's. Many years later, he found a framed photo of the Opening Day line-up in an antique store, reflecting all the Giants' starting players standing, bats-in-hand, posing the day before the historic game. He gave it to me, wrapped, with a card and a note reminding me of my Saturday detention.

I miss Jim a lot. I don't miss the convoluted set of rules that affected us for four years.

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Guess we're the only two '60s with this B-day. Enjoy!

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From Marcia Mc Keirnan Haro:

So much has happened since our last reunion. Sadly, I lost my husband, Al, to cancer in December of 2011. In July of 2012 I received a birthday card from Michael McAuliffe who was my boyfriend during my senior year and on and off during college. This was 48 years since we had seen each other. We made a lunch date for December of 2012 and really hit it off. We were married in February of 2014. It has been quite an adventure!

We are looking forward to seeing you in October.

John Heagerty has left an In Memory comment for Donald Thomas "Don" Rettig.
Feb 28, 2015 at 5:33 PM

From '60 Clssmate, Rev. Hank Ormond, O.Carm:

May God lovingly receive Don in the midst of his difficulties. May Don rest now in the peace and loving presence of God.

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May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Geri: Happy B-Day! Many happy returns of the day! You and David are the best. Looking forward to seeing you both as football season nears. John

Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Summer 2007 w/Coach John Madden
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"Fancy on-board dinner."
L-R: Jan Keck, Toni Heagerty, Bob Keck '60, John Heagerty '60, Mitch Capor '60.
Class of '60 family-friends on board ms Noordam, en route from Seattle to Juneau, Alaska, and back, May 27 - June 3, 2007
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"Cocktails at sea (happened more than once)"
L-R: Steve Kellogg, Mary Lou Sullivan Hallisey '60, Carol Russell Dabb '60
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"Cocktails at sea with fancy outfits"
L-R: Foreground - John Heagerty '60, David Sandor (Geri's better half).
Background: Steve Kellogg, Mary Lou Sullivan Hallisey '60
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"Deep ideas shared at sea"
L-R: Out-of-ear shot: Bob Keck '60; serious discussion during cocktails: David Sandor (Geri), Jim O'Connell '60
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"Too funny..."
L-R: Jan Keck, Bob Keck '60
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"Comrades in Arms"
L-R: Claire Capor (Mitch), Jan Keck (Bob), Toni Heagerty (John)
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"Lighting up the cocktail hour"
L-R: Veronica Vecchiarelli Balleau '93 (Carlo), John Carlo Balleau (1 yr.)
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"Steady as she goes"
L-R: Carlo Vecchiarelli '60, Veronica Vecchiarelli Balleau '93 (partially hidden), John Carlo Balleau (1 yr.)
Posted: Mar 07, 2014 at 9:00 PM
"In search of Sarah Palin:
L-R: John Heagerty '60, Mitch Capor '60, Alaskan Grizzly (unknown)