Aaron Fagan passed away on October 27, 2017, at home after a long battle with cancer.
Daughter Katie Fagan Schmitt: “He was our hero who wanted nothing more than to fight and beat his battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed. This leaves a huge hole in our hearts.”
Aaron Fagan: “I’m just a left-handed cobbler, trying to make a difference.”
Aaron Fagan was in the shoe repair business for more than 30 years!
For more than 3 decades*, Aaron Fagan repaired shoes. Combining Old World craftsmanship with an ingenuity born of experience and training, Aaron repaired shoes for lots of Dubuque-area folks over the years. From simple heel replacements to re-soling or half-soling shoes to extend the life of a favorite pair … to helping people care for their feet by creating specialized insoles or designing complete medical build-ups, Aaron probably saw it and repaired it.
Aaron recently trained Randy Burger of Dubuque in all aspects of shoe repair. Randy Burger’s shoe repair business is now located at 1340 Delhi Street (in the Burger Chiropractic building). 563. 582.1188.
Aaron also found himself helping people care for their feet — helping people solve their shoe and foot problems — by creating specialized insoles for greater comfort and sometimes designing complete medical build-ups to solve a physical issue. If it was something new to him, he usually had enough know-how and experience to creatively come up with a working solution.
Footwear and accessories
In addition, he also sells several lines of American-made shoes: quality footwear for work or just plain comfort. With his full line of shoe accessories, Fagan’s can almost be called a one-stop shop for all things shoe-related.
Know-How + Training + Experience = Creative Solutions
* Until 1982, Aaron Fagan worked for the Dubuque Packing Company. But when the Pack closed its doors that year, it was time for a lot of people to make career changes … Aaron Fagan included. He initally trained with Westenberg on basic shoe repair, then learned from some other respected experts. Since then, he has continued to self-educate. Between training, trial-and-error, and real-life experiences, it can pretty safely be said: “He’s seen it all!”