On June 24, 2008, a resident of Bellmawr for 53 years, formerly of Upper Darby, PA. Age 85.
Beloved husband of Julia (nee Sullivan). Devoted father of Honora Burke (Gerald) and Patricia Sohanchak. Grandfather of Edward Toal, Kevin, Kyle and Colin Burke. Great-grandfather of Evan Toal. Brother of Eileen Blankemeyer and the late Sr. Mary Adelaide and Sr. St. Eileen, both Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and John Gilligan. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gilligan was a member of Annunciation Church and a former trustee of the parish. He was a member of the Holy Name Society as well as a CCD teacher. He was instrumental in bringing the IHM Sisters to Annunciation School. Mr. Gilligan was also a councilman in Bellmawr for 15 years. He was a member of the Independent Umpire Assoc. and the Bellmawr Little League.
He was a veteran of the Coast Guard during WWII and a member of Bellmawr VFW Post #9563.
Mr. Gilligan was a graduate of St. Joseph's Prep School and attended St. Joseph's University. He retired from Boeing after 35 years.
There will be a viewing from 7 to 9pm Sunday eve and 8:15 to 9:15am Monday morning at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE. Funeral Mass 10am Monday at Annunciation Church, Bellmawr. Interment New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.
Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made in Mr. Gilligan's memory to Camilla Hall Home, King & Frazer Sts., Immaculata, PA 19345. Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to Condolences@Gardner FuneralHome.com.