John Edward Fig
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 22, 1941
  • Place of birth:
    Staten Island, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Jan 5, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    San Diego, California, United States
Let the memory of John be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, John Fig. John was a beloved husband to Mary Ann Fig and Yvette Boodro. He was a loving and dedicated father to David (deceased), Marie Antoinette (Toni) Irvine (husband Warren), Jacqueline Bochese and Theresa Fig-Bonadies (husband Rick). John was blessed to have had seven grand children; Jason, Jonathon, Christopher, Derek, Lindsey,  Nicole and Ali as well as eight great grand children; Bryce, Dawson,Trace (deceased), Samantha, Leanna, Dylaina, Madeline and Matthew. John was a Master Chief in the Navy and dedicated 24 years to the Submarine Service. After retiring, for the next 29 years John's career included engineering and program management in the defense business.  John was a great mentor to so many people. John had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a compassionate soul. He never met a stranger and welcomed everyone into his heart and home. His family, co-workers and friends have described him as respectful, kind, generous, courteous and understanding. John's passion for the ocean was endless. His heart felt wishes were to have his ashes released to the sea by his loving family. In lieu of flowers we would ask that you please consider a donation to one of the following charities so close to his heart: (ASPCA) - (Father Joe's Villages) - (Saint Jude's) - (SIDS) -



Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Vicki Cline on 9th January 2018

"Hey Dad II.....
It's been a year since you went home.  It's bitter sweet.  I know you are in a better place, never to suffer, or hurt again.  But for selfish reasons, we all wish you were back with us.  I think of you often, and it always reverts back to when Toni and I were teenagers...... I was so afraid of you..... little did I know, until I was an adult, that you were nothing but a big ole teddy bear.  You always treated me, as if I was one of your own.... for that I am so very grateful.    I try to be there for Toni, but she is so much like you.... independent, strong willed, and always everyone else's ROCK!  We can never replace you..... You are and always will be her one and only ROCK.  Love you to the moon and back.  Save me a seat up there in the heavens..... I hear it is beautiful.  Keep Mom and Hayden on their toes, and make them smile with you dry humor......Till we meet again..... Vic"

This tribute was added by Ellen Berger on 5th January 2018

"To our beloved John. You are so very missed. I hope you are soaring throughout the heavens feeling joy, peace and love. I know you are watching over Yvette, your entire family and friends. May your Memory be for a Blessing. Love, Ellen, Kevin, Lou."

This tribute was added by Toni Irvine on 5th January 2018

"My Heart broke a year ago when you were called home to our Lord.  I knew you were taken to a place where there would be no more pain, no
more aggravation of body functions and nothing but Love.  But even knowing that, I did not want you to go.  I miss my best friend!  I miss the morning calls everyday and the "LOVE YOU" left on my voice mail when I would go out of town.  The voice mail " Hi Toni, it's just Dad. I just wanted to call you and tell you I LOVE YOU". I still play that over and over again knowing I will never hear a new one.  
Thank you for being the Dad you were to me and my siblings.  As far as I am concerned, there could be no better.
Rest Peacefully Dad and know you are LOVED!
With a Broken Heart, Your Daughter, Toni"

This tribute was added by Michelle Thompson on 4th January 2018

"Our beloved John.  You are forever in our hearts, and in our thoughts, and in our prayers! Our loss is heavens gain… We love you always and look forward to seeing you one day in heaven with Jesus...we look forward to seeing your beautiful smile again.  Until then our friend, we love you and God bless you and keep you and comfort you always throughout eternity in God's heavenly kingdom. Love you, Rick and Michelle Thompson"

This tribute was added by Toni Irvine on 8th November 2017

"It's been crazy lately with Lindsey's surgery and work.  Just miss talking to you so badly. I remember all the times I just needed that little boost for the day or needed just to vent.  I still am, but I just do not get to hear as clearly your response. I do play your voice mails to me on my phone that I saved, thank God for that.  I will never forget your voice, so kind, gentle and Loving.  I am going to push thru the next two months missing you dearly, but knowing you will be with us.   Love you Dad!

This tribute was added by Nancy Sanderson on 22nd March 2017

"Happy Birthday Pop.  Your family celebrated
this special day for you"

This tribute was added by Toni Irvine on 22nd March 2017

"Happy Birthday to my wonderful Father.  I know you are here with us in San Diego for your Celebration if Life gathering tonight in spirit, but I sure wish you were here in person.  I just want to hung you and kiss your cheek one more time.  I so miss you.  I never knew how much I would miss you until you were gone.  Our lives will just never be the same without you.  I Love you Dearly   Toni (your Toniette)."

This tribute was added by Janet Boodro on 22nd March 2017

"What a joy to celebrate John's very full life today.  Love and prayers to you Yvette."

This tribute was added by Irene Bocella on 22nd March 2017

"Happy Birthday John!

Thinking of you and John today Yvette.   Much love and looking forward to seeing you soon."

This tribute was added by Dawson Callonas on 22nd March 2017

"Happy Birthday Grandpa. I wish you could be celebrating with me. I wish I could have the chance to hear you sing Happy Birthday to me more time. I love you."

This tribute was added by shannon twining on 22nd March 2017

"Happy Birthday John!!! Thinking of you and remembering your smile, laughter, warmth, and friendship!! God Bless you and Yvette. May you be an angel with us in spirit always!!xoxo"

This tribute was added by Lindsey Irvine on 22nd March 2017

"Happy Birthday Grandpa. I love and miss you so much! I have a bunch load of assignments and a paper due today, but I am staying strong and dedicated throughout the next ten months for you, and myself! Love always,
Your granddaughter
Lindsey Lou"

This tribute was added by Lindsey Irvine on 6th February 2017

"I just wanted to stop by to tell you that I love you Grandpa."

This tribute was added by Karen Platt on 24th January 2017

"John worked with my husband, Dick Platt, at ERC/Ogden many years ago (pic #36).  John was a great guy and so much fun to be around (pic #31 taken at my house in VA).  I remember dancing with John one year at the ERC/Ogden Christmas party.  We did the "jitterbug," and John kept swinging me around and around until I was so dizzy and couldn't stand up.  He loved to dance.  I love the picture of my family when we came to visit Yvette and him back in 2000 (pic #40).  He will be truly missed.  Rest in peace, you and Dick together again."

This tribute was added by Bruce Strissel on 19th January 2017

"Yvette, I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. I didn't get to know John very well before you moved to San Diego but I do know he was a great and wonderful guy who made you very happy and he will be missed by so many."

This tribute was added by Karym Saenz on 18th January 2017

"John and Yvette, two beautiful people, how I can say thank you enough for being my true friends and for showing me how much you care for me and my family.  Your unconditional friendship and love is a treasure to keep. Just you with your beautiful hearts can say: “take my car, here are my keys”, just because my car was stolen or my family and sisters needed a car because we were all sharing one car.  You two had no problem sharing one car both of you just to give us a hand.  You rode together to and from work just because you wanted to help us not even setting us a time limit just “as long as we needed it”.  You are so generous and no words to say the many times that you were there for us.
We had lots of happy moments, dancing, laughing, and eating.  Who cannot have fun with both of you, your Bolivians friends and their late eating was always part of the fun. Not just that, even working we had fun; even though, hard work and responsibly was top of the list.  I am pretty sure John will lol from heaven remembering how serious he will be to see me coming into his office with his monthly report and his CPPF projects with lower fees than expected and the usual rate variances.  He would say not my fault that your department can not control the indirect rates my projects are on target your problem to figure out how to explain the variances in margins. QP would send me to talk to John, yeeha it was part of my duties but really QP can also take the hit and do not let me have the black eye every time.  Even writing this John draws a smile in my face.  
How I can express how much we love you and how much we will miss you.  Friends like you are irreplaceable and impossible to forget.
Forever missed,
Karym, Ronald and Family"

This tribute was added by AnnaMarie Sealey on 16th January 2017

"Uncle Jackie, you left a hole too large for any human to fill here on earth, and we all miss you dearly! I know you are in heaven keeping your loved ones in your sights while being reunited with so many who passed before you. I miss your random calls to say hello but am greatful for the memories you left me with. My life is so much richer for having known you and Yvette! ❤️"

This tribute was added by Lyle Lindsey on 15th January 2017

"My dear John, you have touched my life with your presence. Your genuine compassion, respect and courage has been an inspiration. I remember you as always inviting and caring with the force of your smile. The sound of your voice still resonate through my whole being when you and Yvette called me on the early morning of new years' eve 2016 to wish me happy birthday. Each time we met, your humor and camaraderie have brighten my days. I am blessed and grateful we crossed path. And I certain you you are watching over us. love and utmost respect to my friend John!"

This tribute was added by Lindsey Irvine on 15th January 2017

"I miss you so much, Grandpa. I keep playing your voicemail over and over again just to hear your voice. I'd give anything just to hug you one more time. I love you. Always.

Your Lindsey Lou"

This tribute was added by Michael Keshura on 14th January 2017

"Jack had a love of life and a "can do" attitude that inspired those lucky enough to make his acquaintance.  Hold on to his memories and he will continue to inspire and comfort you.  Please accept Ann and my thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Janet Boodro on 14th January 2017

"Dear Yvette:
So sad to hear of John’s passing.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  I remember so fondly our visit with you in San Diego.  John was the ultimate host.  He took us everyplace and delighted in showing us all that the City has to offer.  What I appreciate so much about John was his great love for you and his care of your parents and all of your extended family.   I know that your 20 year marriage was all too brief with such a wonderful spouse."

This tribute was added by Irene Bocella on 14th January 2017

"Dear Yvette:
What a true Renaissance Man John was!  He was interested in all things and open to new ideas and experiences.  He loved life, never complained, and always gave of himself, volunteering his time and energy to others.  I’ll never forget those wonderful breakfasts he made for us and the fun we had when we visited you.  His memory will live on in all of us who had the great fortune to know John."

This tribute was added by Rick Biben on 13th January 2017

"We are all better having known John and sharing time in our lives, he lives on with and within us"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Livesay on 13th January 2017

"Toni, Jason, Penny, Dawson,
My heart and condolences go out to you and all your family. Meeting your dad/grandfather/great-grandfather at the annual golf tournament and getting to know him over those many years ago was truly a privilege. He was a remarkable and special person with his strong military background and his amazing personality. Love and hugs to you all as you mourn his passing."

This tribute was added by Maureen Lindsay on 13th January 2017

"I remember his laugh most of all, such a positive and fun-loving person.  Always a good time when Uncle Jackie visited.  So lucky to have had a visit with him and Yvette not that long ago.  He will be sorely missed.  As my mom says - he was one of the good guys.  Love to all family and friends."

This tribute was added by shannon twining on 11th January 2017

"Thank you for being an amazing friend and mentor to Mike and thank you and Yvette for being so wonderful and gracious to our family, and for having the best GD parties ever!! I forever smile remembering the GD dinner at the Hale Koa; covering Mikes cake with Horseradish, he devoured it (as Mai Tai's had kicked in) and we laughed hysterically!! I miss and still look over remembering seeing you play the key cord in the lobby at SMH and remember walking with you on (the long path) from rehab to the parking lot as the batteries were going out on your scooter. You laughed as I said, "well how do we charge it?" and thought I was going to be giving you a piggy back ride. You warmed our hearts and made us smile!! Much love and gratitude to you always!! You will be missed immensely!!"

This tribute was added by James Frey on 10th January 2017

"A great boss and a wonderful man. Will miss him and his key lime tarts. Got me to SD and gave me the Safety Program which was the best job I've ever had. Thank you John, RIP."

This tribute was added by Nancy Sanderson on 10th January 2017

"Pop - someone who always had a smile for you and was ready to give hugs and kisses.  I will miss your visits to Memphis to visit your loving daughter and my friend, Toni Irvine.  A special memory is assembling the TV Cabinet and falling as we were carrying it up the stairs to your house. You have instilled in your daughter the "I can do anything" attitude.  She is a fighter and we know she was taught by the best.  You will continue to shine in her each day.  I remember visiting with you one Thanksgiving and you doing the "Twirl" after you had a recent treatment.  You were so happy to show us the improvement.  I think you could have done a happy dance for us that day.  We will miss your laughter and love but know you are in a better place.  RIP"

This tribute was added by Vicki Cline on 10th January 2017

"Dad, #2, you have loved so many of us!  As a 15 year old, I remember being scared to death of you.  As adults we laugh about it... What I thought was a Military Bulldog, was nothing but a Big Teddy  Bear.  You accepted me and loved me as your own, because Toni loved me.  Dad, I will cherish the memory of New Years Eve...  That was my last time to get to blow you kisses and be silly with you.  You were such a man of honor!  Proud, Smart, Sooo Dry Humored.  I never knew if I was coming or going .  I will miss you so much, but I know that you are in a better place, never to hurt or suffer again.  I know in my heart of hearts you were met with open arms.  My Mom, David, and Trace, along with our Lord and Savior welcomed you home.  You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. Love you Always,  Vic"

This tribute was added by Ellen Berger on 9th January 2017

"To our very dear friend, Yvette, you and John are so very special to us. Even though you are still here with us on earth, and John is watching over in the spirit world, it will always be John & Yvette because you are "one soul." John was an extraordinary man; full of life, yet had a wicked sense of humor; always showed compassion and sensitivity. John was always available to help, to listen, to give and to be so very ethical. He always welcomed us with love, and his most memorable smile. May John's Memory be for a Blessing. With all our love, Ellen & Kevin"

This tribute was added by Sherri Litano on 9th January 2017

"To my dear friend Toni and family....

We were not lucky enough to get to spend a lot of time around your dad but I can say that he was definitely one of the kindest people we have had the pleasure to know.  I know he adored Toni as much as she adored him.  
One of my best memories of John was on a Thanksgiving day, many years ago, we were all in the kitchen holding hands and he was on the phone and said one of the sweetest prayers prior to our meal.  

He will be missed by many but never forgotten.

Sherri, Ken & CJ"

This tribute was added by frank fair on 8th January 2017

"John, I remember back to 1986 you were the Area Director for Eldyne in New London, I was the Area Director for Eldyne in Vallejo.  Your many trips to Vallejo to build the sub comm work from NAVELEX.  With your mentoring and advice we took a $5M contract to $100M in 2 years.  In the mid 90's we went separate ways and joined up again at Anteon. So many great memories I have lost count. You are beyond doubt the greatest COB I have had the pleasure to work with and to work for.  Rest in peace my friend we will meet again in heaven.  Thanks COB!"

This tribute was added by Rita Plebuch on 8th January 2017

"John you always lived life to the fullest... Always an optimist with a big smile and a quick wit engaging all around you... A lady's man - all charm and a soft hugs... A man's man - tough, but fair.  You touched the lives of many... and left lasting impressions on all.  Now you sit with God as his shining angel.  We love and will miss you dearly."

This tribute was added by Robert Santucci on 8th January 2017

"John, I will always remember you as a mentor, a great boss, and a friend. RIP my friend.- Robert Santucci"

This tribute was added by Rick Bonadies on 8th January 2017

You were a man of strength, honor, purpose and conviction.
You met the world head on, and no matter what, you soldiered up and pressed on.
I watched you over the years and learned from that. Thank you for those life lessons Master Chief.    You were much more than my father in law, you were a dear friend and mentor.
You will now be looking down and guiding me and your family from another place.
I Love you and will miss you dad."

This tribute was added by Toni Irvine on 8th January 2017

"Dad,  you were my best friend in Life and now my Angel in Heaven.  My hope is that when you were received in Heaven that your son, My brother David and Your Great Grandson Trace were there to hold your hands in. I hold so many memories of you.  In Pascagoula when you and Mom bought our boat, you put the boat in the water and did not realize that the plug was not in and we proceeded to sink.  I wish I had that on film for all to see, but will keep that in my memory forever. It was like a comedy show.  The weekends we all spent on the islands and you driving the Boat proudly with your family in it.  David skiing behind us all the way out to the Islands.  The motorhome driving across country and visiting all the sites that you and Mom
Took us to.  We were very fortunate to have you in the Military and very proud of that.  While others can say they lived in the same location all thier lives and they know everyone in town.  We can brag that you allowed us to experience the loss of friends but in 30 minutes the excitement of who we were going to meet and where we were going to live. Those experience allowed us to be open to new adventures and new friends.  Without you I would not have my beautiful children and precious grandchildren.  I remember when Trace Died and I Called you, you did not hestitate to get on the next plane and be with your family through this time of tremendous lose.  You were there for me and for that I thank you. I was  never so proud as I was to see you Honored at the Grizzlies Game for 16,000 fans to stand on thier feet and applaud for your military service.  There you were on the Court standing proud and saluting the crowd. Man, that is my Dad I said to myself.  The group of us that went on the Alaskan cruise and after a music trivia contest we were in, we all started dancing.  You were on the dance floor and your pants dropped down to the floor.  We all laughed so hard that I think we peed our pants. We had good times and bad times, but Always Love.  I will miss you dearly Dad! Love your Toni/Toinette"

This tribute was added by Nicole Bonadies on 8th January 2017

"You were the best grandpa anyone could ask for. You loved Ali and I so much, and always took time out of your day to give us a call just to say "I love you"! You were so supportive of everything that we do and we're always our biggest cheerleader. It was always so much fun to come and see you in CA and you made our stay a great one every time. I'll never forget all of the jumba juice we had together, the endless bundt cakes that we would eat, and most importantly the annual Dave & Busters date where we would spend hours playing arcade games. One of my best memories of you and Auntie Y was when you guys greeted us at the airport all dressed up in your costumes to pick us up! You always went above and beyond to make us happy. The funniest memory I have with you was probably when we left mom and Auntie Y at the Sheer concert because we fell asleep (we were in such big trouble) but we can laugh about it now! What i'll miss most is all the the trips to Coronado Island and dinners at the Hotel Dell, the trips to go see the seals, the brunches on the boat, but mostly not being able to call you when I find out what college I'm going to or have you there at my graduation! I miss you tons and I love you with all my heart, thank you for always putting a smile on our face and being such a fantastic grandfather to us <3 xoxo -Love Nikki Nicole and Ali Fendali"

This tribute was added by Edward Masso on 8th January 2017

"Dear Brother John. God Rest you and keep you in his peace. Thank you for your friendship, laughter, professionalism, and for your immense integrity and positive example to so many. I am proud to be a brother sailor and just as the Lord will, the sea will open its arms and welcome you into its bosom. I take great comfort that while admiring a great day at sea, you will be a part of the beauty and splendor. You are irreplaceable and will be profoundly missed by everyone who knew you. God Bless you my brother....."

This tribute was added by Tony Nufer on 8th January 2017

"Quick of wit and kind hearted. John has been influential in the lives of so many. Good-bye my friend."

This tribute was added by Yvette Boodro on 8th January 2017

"You are the love of my life and although I miss you so much I know that you are now at peace.  You were such a strong fighter but I know that you were getting tired and we had to let you go.  Love you with all my heart, soul and spirit and see you soon!!"

This tribute was added by Rima Hopkins on 8th January 2017

"The sweetest, kindest, most caring genital soul.  So greatful to have had you in our lives. We will miss you dearly!"

This tribute was added by Warren Irvine on 7th January 2017

"Very Strong Man ... Husband ... Father ... Master Chief ... Leader ... Grandpa ... Mentor ... Respectful AND respected ... Compassionate ... Loving ... Loved ... and MOST CERTIANLY MISSED .... Thanks for be you Sir ...

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