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John Foehl

John Hamilton Foehl

Wednesday, August 20th, 1941 - Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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John Hamilton Foehl, age 78, died peacefully on December 28, 2019. Born August 20, 1941 in Orange, New Jersey to Mary Mason Foehl and Charles Allen Foehl, Jr. John was the third of four boys. A three-sport athlete at Trinity Pawling School and Williams College, John went on to Columbia Business School and spent most of his professional career in financial investment research. His lifelong love of golf was a source of joy and connection with family and friends throughout his life. He taught his four grandsons well and created countless memories on the links. The true great love of his life was Sarah Brooks Foehl, whom he married on June 20, 1964. Their 55 years together as spouses, parents, grandparents and friends is the legacy they built and for which they both will be remembered. Forty of those years were spent in Needham, MA; Williamstown, MA was his home in both the early and last chapters of his life. Williams College was a constant throughout and many of his innumerable friendships were forged at Williams. Service as a volunteer to his college and class brought him great pride and satisfaction.

He is predeceased by brother William Curtis Foehl and survived by brothers Charles Allen Foehl III and Stephen Mason Foehl. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Brooks Foehl and children Brooks Lewis Foehl (Alison Denne Foehl) of Williamstown, MA, Whitney Mason Foehl (Christopher Anthony Thibeault) of Truckee, California and Meredith Mason Foehl of Oakland, California. He is also survived by four grandchildren, John Taylor Foehl, Jake Bennett Foehl, Brady Lewis Foehl and Toby Brooks Foehl, who all loved their “Papa”. Numerous extended family members and friends have a treasure trove of memories and laughs to draw upon in celebrating John and the wonderful life he lived.

A service celebrating the life of John Hamilton Foehl will be held on Friday, January 3 at 11am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 35 Park Street, Williamstown, MA 01267, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in John’s memory to the Williamstown Youth Center (66 School Street, Williamstown, MA 01267) or Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267). To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    35 Park St.
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    Rev. Nathaniel Anderson


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Frank Lauinger

Posted at 07:32pm
Several years ago on the Vineyard, John insisted on giving me a golf lesson. I hadn't had one since I was 16. I told him I'd meet him at the practice tee at 3:00. i started "warming up". John was a little late and then it took him quite a while to get from the cart over to where I was hitting. I was getting tired and hot and so was he. We decided that he could do the lesson over on the chairs under the trees in the shade. John talked for several minutes about posture, balance and weight transfer. Then we talked about everything else under the sun. It was the best lesson I'd had in over sixty years.

Mimi Roy

Posted at 02:18pm
Dear Foehl Family, I extend my deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved John. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Jay Freedman

Posted at 06:26pm
My deepest condolences. John was the heart and soul of the Class of '64. We will miss him terribly.


Posted at 11:42am
RIP Sasquash 😀

Deb Flynn

Posted at 08:48am
Dear Brooks and family, Sending along my prayers for your peace and strength. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your dad Brooks. Peace, Deb

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