John Michael Fahey  2018

John Michael Fahey 2018

Captain John “Mike” Fahey, U.S. Navy, Retired, age 75, of the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, died Monday, July 2, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. He was born in Gary, Indiana, on October 5, 1942 to John R. Fahey and Ruth Morse Fahey. He graduated high school at St. Bede Academy in Peru, Illinois and then first attended the University of Illinois on a football scholarship followed by a scholarship to the University of Tennessee where he received a degree in Mathematics. Following… Read More » graduation, he attended a special post graduate program in Industrial Economics at Michigan State University and eventually received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. He joined the United States Navy in May 1971. Upon completion of Officer Candidate School, he attended the Navy Nuclear Power School. Deciding submarines was not his calling, he became a Surface Warfare Officer. His 30 year Naval career afforded him various “at sea” assignments, the most memorable and rewarding were as Ship’s Engineering Officer on the USS John F. Kennedy and Commanding Officer of the USS Wainwright. His final tour was Commanding Officer of the University of South Carolina NROTC unit. He was the recipient of numerous awards, the most significant being the Legion of Merit (4); Meritorious Service Medal (4); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3); Surface Warfare Insignia, and several others. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1998, he accepted a job offer with the VSE Corporation in Charleston as a Senior Mechanical Engineer, a position he maintained for over 18 years and held until his death. When asked why he continued to work, which required frequent traveling, he always said it was “the people”. He loved the job, but he loved the people whom he met and worked with even more. Mike married his college sweetheart, Anne Miller on April 6, 1968. They had just celebrated 50 years of marriage. They had two children, Katherine and Michael. Mike was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Tom Hecker. He is survived by his wife, Anne, daughter Katherine Tyler (Rob); son Michael (Tonia); grandchildren, Robert Michael, Ryan and Meghan Tyler; and Abby Fahey; fraternal twin sisters, Rita Hecker and Roberta Koznicki (Don) and children. The family will receive guests on July 5, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464. The Rosary will begin at 5:30 pm. The Catholic Funeral Mass will be held on July 6, 10:00 am at Stella Maris Catholic Church, 1204 Middle Street, PO Box 280, Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, 29482. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 604 Fort Johnson Road, James Island, South Carolina, 29412. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Stella Maris Catholic Church Building Fund. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to www.mcalister-smith.com. Arrangements entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC, 29464, (843) 884-3833.

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  1. May god rest your sole “Iron Mike”???????? You’re one of a kind “Skipper” who I was both honored and proud to serve with! I wish you and yours “Fair winds and following seas in all your endeavors” Rest In Peace”

  2. Iron Mike, you were a tough act to follow on the Blue Collar Cruiser but I was grateful for the crew you left behind. They were Superstars and a top notch ship.

  3. To Ann and Mike’s family, I extend my deepest sympathy. Iron Mike was a Friend, Mentor, Boss. To those who really got inside the hard outer shell, Mike was a personal friend committed to your success. To those who never gained access to Mike’s inner self, there was hell to be paid. I have worked for every kind of personality there is and Iron Mike was a one of a kind. I loved him like a brother and attribute my success in the Navy to his leadership, guidance and example. May he rest in peace and his family take solitude in the fact that his reach and influence extended across the Navy to all who he lead.
    Bill Klemm
    RADM USN Retired

  4. Rest In Peace, Captain. You inspired me greatly even as a young enlisted Sailor and soon to be Captain so many years later.

  5. Iron Mike, I will never forget you. You were a personal hero to this 19 year old man. Heaven has you now. We have the Watch now. Rest In Peace ????

  6. Mike Fahey had a tremendous influence on everyone he led. He was my department head on Big John when I was a brand new ensign and no person has ever pushed me harder. I love him for that, and many of the best lessons I have learned were taught to me by him. He truly was one in a million. He was complicated and simple at the same time. He did not want credit or personal glory, all he wanted was to successfully teach the value of excellence and the satisfaction that comes from its attainment. And that he did so very well. Rest easy, Cheng.

  7. Served with him on the USS Wainwright. One of the greatest CO’s ever. Fair Winds and Following Seas on your new journey, Captain ‘Iron’ Mike.

  8. CAPT Iron Mike Fahey, you were a great Skipper and I still tell my Sailors stories about your leadership.
    Rest Your Oars.

  9. I served under Mike Fahey on the USS John F Kennedy I was just a kid from the streets but he treated me like a king, I do not know why because he had a very tough reputation with others but I always wanted to thank him (was hoping to see him in our upcoming JFK reunion) he made a difference in my life he made me feel like I was a somebody, and those type of people are hard to find. Thank you Mike Fahey!.

  10. It was no accident that USS John F. Kennedy won just about every possible award through the early Eighties. It was a great crew and awesome leadership by terrific men like Iron Mike Fahey. What a privilege to serve with men like. Godspeed Chief Engineer.



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