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John Figueras

John Figueras (Figueras) Jr.

Tuesday, October 28th, 1924 - Thursday, July 4th, 2019
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John Figueras, 94, was born in Rochester, NY, and died July 4, 2019, in Brewster, MA.
He is survived by his wife Joann Little (Israel) Figueras; three children, Richard, Julia, John;
grandchildren Ana, John, Isaac, Molly, Maggie; sister Dolores Edwards; and Joann’s children,
Christian, Todd, and Mary. His oldest child, Anita, died last month. John was previously
married to Janet Hickman and Patricia McVeigh Figueras, deceased.
John’s undergraduate work at the University of Rochester was interrupted by WWII,
where he served in the Army and was active in both theaters before returning to graduate. He
completed his formal education at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign with a PhD in
Chemistry.
He had a 30-year career as a Research Chemist with Kodak in Rochester, NY, working in
emulsion research, instant color photography, analytical science, and clinical chemistry. He was
granted eight patents and published over 30 papers in chemical and computer applications.
John retired at age 58 and began a second career in teaching, first in Chemistry at the
University of Rochester and later in Computer Science at SUNY Geneseo. There, he met his
wife Joann, and they moved to Cape Cod in 1992. He continued to write and publish computer
programs, enjoy classical music, travel—especially by motorhome or bicycle, and devour
political news. He experimented with digital photography and had several shows at the
Brewster Library. John never stopped learning; one of the books by his chair when he died was
Neural Computing Theory and Practice, he was reading Lord Jim, and particularly enjoying a
recent recording of the Goldberg Variations. He will be remembered as an intelligent, honest,
and kind man who also liked corny jokes and bad puns.
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Ali

Posted at 08:10am
Sincere condolences. May you draw comfort from loving memories and fun times. Soon God promises to "swallow up death forever" and "wipe away the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25:8) Respectfully,
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Juanita

Posted at 12:08pm
Please accept my most sincere sympathy for the death of your loved one. We can find comfort in the word of God because it assures us that "there is going to be a resurrection" (Acts 24:15). God promises to give life back to millions of people who have died, and he desires to do so very soon.
A servant of God from the past, Job, asked him: “If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service (sleep in death) until my relief comes.
You (Jehovah) will call, and I (Job) will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands” (Job 14:14, 15). God is longing to give life back to those who have died.
Perhaps these words do not calm your pain but reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you the hope and strength to keep going until all of God’s promises are fulfilled. May these words bring you and your family much comfort from Jehovah, the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1: 3, 4).
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