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Frank X. Gilligan Jr.

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August 22, 2023

Life long resident and one of Irvington Historical Society’s Legacies has passed away on August 19th 2023. Frank X Gilligan II lived in Irvington for 85 years and was born in the Dobbs Ferry Hospital on May 13th 1938 and is the son of Frank X Gilligan (1885-1962) and Bridget V. Dunleavy (1899-1981). According to his dad’s obituary, Frank’s grandfather Daniel Gilligan (1854-1930) came to Irvington in 1861 and married Catherine F. Cooney (1862-1919) and they lived at 113-115 Main Street in Irvington and had 10 children one of which was Frank’s father. Daniel, Frank Sr., Frank Jr., James and Frank III were all volunteer members of the Irvington Fire Company, combined the Gilligan family put in over 189 years of service. Frank will be lovingly remembered by his children James J. (Kim), Frank X. (Alyson) and forever cherished by his beloved grandchildren Tighe, Daniel, Colleen, Sean and Kyra.

Frank’s education included Immaculate Conception Elementary School, Irvington Junior & Senior High School & Westchester Community College.

During his years with the Irvington Fire Company, he was treasurer for 25 years (1978-2003) and Trustee from (1972-1977). He was President of the Irvington Kiwanis Club from (1969 – 1970) and (1990 – 1991).

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He was a member of the New York Air National Guard with the rank of A1C and was an Aircraft Control Warning Operator from 1956 thru 1962 and spent a year in the regular Air Force in Germany during the Berlin Crisis (1960-1961).

Frank was employed by the New York Telephone Company now Verizon for 34 years (1956-1990) and was an Outside Plant Engineer for 17 years and Area Operations Manager – Automotive Operations Mid-State.

Frank’s community Service and Coaching included, Little League Baseball Coach (1969-1971) AYSO Coach (1979-1982), CYO Coach (1985-1986), Irvington Boy Scout Troop 55 Committee Member 1985, he is a member of the Irvington Historical Society and Board Member (2005-2010). Frank is a member of the Irvington Senior Center. He has been a member of the USPTR since 1994 and Tennis Instructor for the Irvington Recreation and Parks since 1990. He looked forward to spring, summer and fall on the tennis courts with all the wonderful local residents. He felt so strongly about the many students he taught over the years.

Frank has been working on the Memorial Day Veterans Project.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations may be made to The Irvington Volunteer Fire Department and the Irvington Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

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