Jay R. LaGace, 55, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2004, formerly of Kenosha, WI, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 in Cape Coral. He was born June 28, 1966 in Berwyn, IL.
Jay was a friend who understood loyalty. He was a family man who loved his daughters more than anything. Jay was a giant in the real estate community for over 16 years. In his free time he loved being out on his boat, the “Nauti Reeltor”. Jay loved fishing and the water was always his happy place, whether that was the Gulf of Mexico or Lake Michigan. He loved helping out in the community especially if it meant making a kids Christmas or birthday dreams come true. Jay had an affinity for veterans and first responders which was demonstrated as a founder of the “Back The Blue And Green Organization”. Jay was of the Catholic Faith. The City of Cape Coral is a better city having had Jay as one of its civic leaders.
He is survived by his loving mother, Gerrie Johnnic of Cape Coral; children, Katie McCowen (Craig) of Cape Coral, and Taylor LaGace of Cape Coral; siblings, Lisa Sommerville (Jim) of Manhattan, IL, Kathy Sommerville (Bill) of North Fort Myers, FL, Gordon Johnnic (Jean) of Bolingbrook, IL, and Elaine Pietruszka (Pete) of Melrose Park, IL; as well as several nieces and nephews, and former wife, Sara Stevens of Alva, FL.
Jay was preceded in death by his father, Arthur L. LaGace, Jr..
A Remembrance Service will be held 4:00 PM on January 13th, 2022 at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33991.
Jay was the brother everyone should have - he would bust your stones, and laugh at (and with you)... but he was always the first one there when you needed something. He was our property manager for 4 years, but he was much more than that. He helped us get involved in relief efforts during/after Irma, and always "had a guy" when we needed a vendor. I'm just disappointed we never got to go fishing or hunting together.
Michelle and I thank God that he was there to look out for us and our home until we could escape the Evil Empire that is California, and that he continued to be our friend after we got here. We miss you already Jay, and hope you never have to deal with temperatures below 70 degrees ever again. And since the Chargers left San Diego for Los Freaking Angeles, I might even have to adopt the Packers as my new football team as a tribute to you.
In the short time I've known Jay I will never forget you. You are a great guy and a funny person with a big heart. You are always good to me and Gabby and of course you loved Snoopy. I know all your close friends and family have a new angel on their shoulder to look after them. One day we will meet again.
I’ll never forget Jay. I worked with him at c21 Birchwood when he came to work there. He became an instant friend with a heart of Gold…I will NEVER forget Him either! An amazing Man whom did more for everyone than most people know….You will be missed Jay.. 💔❤️
Jay LaGace, the strongest teddy bear I’ve ever met! I remember when I first met you at BNI, you threatened me that if I didn’t do my business speech, that you’d cancel me out! I was so scared of you! Yet you became such a great friend.
❤ I love you and I’ve always cared about you. Prayers will always continue and now I’ll pray for your soul. RIP my friend. ❤
Gina Anthony from Cape Coral wrote on January 8, 2022 at 6:55 am
Jay, you were a big part of our lives. We will miss the laughter and friendship. You will always be in our thoughts. You were a great friend and a great Dad .