John "Jay" J. McAvoy, 75, also known as "Papa Bull," of 38A Heritage Village, Southbury, died May 22, 2010, at River Glen Health Care Center. He was the husband of Angelina "Angie" D. (Cafaro) McAvoy.

Mr. McAvoy was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Staten Island, N.Y., son of the late John W. and Harriet (Watson) McAvoy.

He graduated from New Dorp High School on Staten Island.

Mr. McAvoy was a retired salesman, having been employed by Metropolitan Insurance Company for 30 years in New Milford and Danbury.

He also worked at Hayes Chevrolet Buick in New Milford for 10 years.

Mr. McAvoy was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, having been active with the Marine Corps League in Danbury as commandant.

He was also active in the Danbury Association of Life Underwriters, where he served as president and served the town of New Milford in several capacities. He was a justice of the peace.

Mr. McAvoy helped implement the Pop Warner football team, the New Milford Bulls, and was known as "Papa Bull."

He also coached youth football, baseball and basketball for Community Center programs in New Milford.

He had been serving as president of condo #1 in Heritage Village and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church.

In addition to his wife, he leaves four sons, Shaun M. McAvoy, of Kent, Kevin P. McAvoy, of Sherman, Darren J. McAvoy, of Providence, Utah, and Christopher J. McAvoy, of Hailey, Idaho; and six grandchildren, Brendhan, Shannon, Caitlin, Liam, Teagan, and Devon. He was predeceased by two sisters, June Mitchell and Carol Naves.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

The Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Milford Bulls, 64 Boardman Road, New Milford, CT 06776.