John Donald Fahey “Big John”

February 2, 1947 - April 5, 2020
John Donald Fahey “Big John”

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John Donald Fahey, “Big John”, 73, of Moundsville, WV, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020, at his home.

Big John was born February 2, 1947, in Glen Dale, WV, a son of the late Michael and Juanita (McMahon) Fahey. A 1965 graduate of Moundsville High School, he was the captain of his basketball team and the quarterback of his football team. He retired from Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp.; was Catholic by faith; and was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He was also a member of Elite’s Gun & Rod Club and the V.F.W., Moundsville; and was a avid bike rider, who enjoyed riding his bike and reading his newspaper on the trail down by the river.

In addition to his parents, Big John was preceded in death by his two brothers, Joseph and Michael Fahey. He is survived by his two daughters, Erin and Shannon Fahey; a sister, Diane Sole; a grandson and Big John’s best friend, Aidan Burke, all of Moundsville; and several nieces and nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, Big John will be cremated, and there will be no visitation or services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior’s Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, or online at

Arrangements by CARE Funeral & Cremation Specialists, Moundsville. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • April 08, 2020
    Brad and Denise Fromhart says:
    So sorry to hear of Big John passing. He was a super nice guy that everyone liked.

  • April 08, 2020
    Jay Knapp says:
    From the days of playing pick up basketball games at Baptist gym, to hanging out at Elites, Ron's Marine Club, the Warsaw, etc, to going to Three River Stadium to watch the Pirates sweep the Big Red Machine in 1979, to driving John on his trips to the Veterans Hospital in Pittsburgh and everything in between over these last 50 years, it's been a pleasure to know JOHN FAHEY...I'm really going to miss JOHN and our conversations about sports, politics (we didn't always agree), days and people gone by, and even the "annoying" shoulder punches he'd give to whoever was standing beside him when he was trying to make a point. LOL Time is....Time was...Time will never be again, Goodbye to my friend JOHN FAHEY, the Knute.

  • April 08, 2020
    Norma and Dick Schoene says:
    So sorry for your loss. My husband grew up with Johnand his brothers. Always stop and talk especially when he was riding his bike

  • April 08, 2020
    Larry (Pork) Robbins says:
    Sorry to hear of John's passing. My Thoughts and Prayers to Johns family. Rest In Peace Knute ..

  • April 08, 2020
    Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum says:
    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of John Donald Fahey, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, John Donald Fahey, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †