April 7, 1921 - February 26, 2011

Goshen, NY

Thomas G. Colligan of Goshen, died Saturday, February 26, 2011, at O.R.M.C., Horton Campus in Middletown. He was 89. Thomas was born in Erie, PA, on April 7, 1921, the son of Francis H. Colligan and Frances M. (Fleming) Colligan. He and his five siblings were raised in Bradford, PA.

Before being drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, Tom attended St. Bonaventure University. After completing his service and returning from Europe to the States, he continued to take college courses while working and raising a family. Tom loved learning and was a true life-long learner.

Tom was employed by John Morrell & Co. as a district sales manager. He was also a licensed realtor and worked part time selling real estate for the Francis H. Colligan Agency in order to provide for his family. When his children were young, Thomas was employed full time and had two part time jobs. The word "tired" was just not part of his vocabulary! He was always willing to make sacrifices for his loved ones. Thomas was a member of St. Joseph's R.C. Church in Middletown. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks Lodge 1097 in Middletown and the Knights of Columbus. Tom was giving and unselfish. He was a good Samaritan and believed in helping others and giving back to society. His volunteer work included Literacy Volunteers, Meals on Wheels, volunteering time at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center and participating as a member of the Town of Wallkill Zoning Board of Appeals.

His family meant everything to Tom. He was a devoted husband, father, and faithful friend. Tom's love was unconditional. We will miss his love and seeing those beautiful blue eyes and that infectious smile.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Patricia and his six children: (Mary) Colleen Colligan of Circleville, NY, Eileen Colligan and her husband, David of Lancaster, PA, Thomas R. Colligan of San Jose, CA, Kathleen Colligan and her husband, Thomas Goetz of Beach Lake, PA, Dennis Colligan of San Antonio, TX, and Maureen Colligan of Milford, PA; six grandchildren: Kelly Barone, Michael Barone, Amy Hess and her husband, Tom, Chet Wielgolinski and his wife, Fay, Jason Hayden and his wife, Sarah, Thomas Gillen and his wife, Jennifer, Elizabeth Bell and her husband, David, Jennifer Barton, Erin Castillo and her husband, Chris, and seven great-grandchildren. Thomas is also survived by two brothers, James and Frank Colligan, both of Bradford, PA.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Ave., Middletown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 2, at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Thomas' name may be made to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, 195 Hudson St., Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520; 845-534-5344 or foodbankofhudsonvalley.org.

Arrangements by Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.; 845-343-6309 or applebee-mcphillips.com.