In Memory


John Jaggard

John Jaggard

John JaggardJohn Joseph Jaggard, 55, of Birmingham, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018. He was born October 7, 1962 in Woodbury, New Jersey to the late Dr. Clarence William and Sally Cecilia Jaggard. John attended Auburn University with a focus in chemistry and biology, which was very fitting for his scientific mind. This led him to work in research labs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he co-authored many articles in professional journals. John's brilliant mind led him to work in the computer science industry. During this period of his career, he worked as a software release scheduler, project manager, and a data analyst for corporations ranging from health care to logistical companies.

At the time of his death, John was the Director of Technology for Pace, a Logistical Company serving multiple regional facilities. His passion for excellence and attention to details enabled John to excel in his career. Music was an integral part of John's world. As a talented drummer, John played multiple genres of music in many bands throughout his life. This fostered his life-long friendships through his love of music. John was parishioner of the Cathedral of Saint Paul Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Here he served as a member of the Knights of Columbus Father James E. Coyle Council #9862.

John is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kimberly Russell Jaggard of Birmingham; their daughter Sarah; his sisters Susan Ottemiller (Dennis) of North Bend, OR, and Cindy Everett (Darrell) of Calgary, AB; brother Clarence (Vanda) Jaggard of Chesapeake, VA; and ten nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Clarence Jaggard, mother Sally Jaggard, sisters Sally Jaggard Killian and Sandra Sue Jaggard.

Funeral Mass will be at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, February 24, 2018 followed by an interment at the Cathedral Columbarium. All are welcome to a reception and visitation following Mass in the Cathedral Life Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, WTI 210, 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294-3300.

Published in The Birmingham News on Feb. 23, 2018

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02/21/18 07:31 PM #1    

Keith Ailor


I certainly enjoyed meeting you at the beginning of our Freshman year at HHS and getting to know you. I'll never forget how you further introduced yourself after our initial encounter. This took the edge off of my first day of high school. You are in the most wonderful of places now. Rest easy my friend.

Keith Ailor

02/22/18 05:57 PM #2    

Phillip Smith

How sad to know John’s not with us anymore. We were friends @ HHS, Auburn and after in Bham. We always connected until a fight that we later resolved in a Christmas meeting at Whole Foods about 10-yrs ago. I was in Whole Foods today and a Led Zepelin song was playing which reminded me on John’s drumming prowess. I watched him teach himself to drum at AU then watched as he became a really good drummer. I’ll miss John.  Life is precious. 

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