John Galligan, 79, had worked for the railroads
Mr. Galligan was born Feb. 22, 1931, in New York City, son of Mary (Fox) Galligan and Michael Galligan. He grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School.
He married Dorothy Cooney in New York City in 1951.
Mr. Galligan served as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
Known to his co-workers as "Joey," he worked for the railroad for 45 years. He worked for Penn Central and New Haven Railroad in the Stamford railroad yard and was a delegate and local chairman of the United Transportation Union.
He was a conductor for Metro-North and ran the commuter trains out of Danbury and Brewster, N.Y., into Grand Central Station.
Mr. Galligan moved to Ridgefield in 1962.
He was a self-taught craftsman, mechanic and landscaper. He enjoyed building projects around his home and constructing stonewalls on his property.
Mr. Galligan was willing to lend a hand whenever someone was in need.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed working the New York Times crossword puzzle.
Mr. Galligan was a member of St. Mary's Church and participated in the Marriage Encounter Program, as well as serving as a Eucharistic minister.
Mr. Galligan served as an election official for the town of Ridgefield.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Galligan is survived by a son, Michael Galligan, and his wife, Nancy, of Wylie, Texas; three daughters, Dorothy Doty, and her husband, William, of Ridgefield, Mary Feneley, and her husband, Craig, of Oak Hill, Va., and Bernadette Haight, of Brentwood, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Stacy Galligan, of New Milford; 10 grandchildren, Shannon Galligan, of Wylie, Thomas and Patrick Doty, of Ridgefield, John Bryant, Jennafer and Erin Galligan, of New Milford, Michael and Jack Feneley, of Oak Hill, and Kelsey and Alden Haight, of Brentwood; and a sister, Kay McGrath, of Huntington, N.Y. He was predeceased by a son, John Patrick Galligan Jr., in June, 2006, and two sisters, Eileen Ahr and Mary Walsh.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:15 a.m. at St. Mary Church in Ridgefield. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today (Friday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield,
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.