John J. Foley Jr. of Vineyard Haven died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, July 3. He was 60.

Jay was born in Portsmouth, N.H., on Jan. 29, 1952. He was a graduate of St. Patrick’s School in Portsmouth, St. Thomas Aquinas in Dover, N.H. in 1970, and St. Bonaventure in Olean, N.Y., in 1974.

His passion and intellect for politics, love of music, his forever-challenging golf game and of course his ability to make clever remarks in a sharp and amusing way will be fondly remembered by those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Diane of Vineyard Haven; his son John J. Foley 3rd and wife Thea of Portsmouth, N.H.; his brother Barry and wife Suzanne; nieces Eilee and Brynn of Portsmouth; and his mother Eileen Foley of Portsmouth, N.H.

Those wishing to contribute in his memory may send donations in his name to Island Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601 or Vineyard Nursing Association, PO Box 399, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to a charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be private.

Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs, MA. Please visit for online guest book and information.