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Joseph V. Dugan

February 2, 1941April 5, 2021
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Captain Joseph V. Dugan, 80, of 17 Meadow Way, Candlewood Knolls, New Fairfield, CT passed away peacefully whilst holding the hand of his beloved wife Pat on Monday, April 5th, 2021 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia (Nolan) Dugan.

Joe was born in Yonkers, NY, son of the late Eugene and Sarah (Kelly) Dugan. He attended school in Yonkers, NY. In September 1971, Joe and his wife Patricia moved to New Fairfield, CT after falling in love with both Candlewood Knolls and Candlewood Lake.

Joe served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1959 to 1962 aboard the USS Tutuila. After serving our country for three years, Joe was discharged from the U.S. Navy and joined the Yonkers Fire Department. While he started as a Fireman, Joe was promoted to Lieutenant, then to Captain and Commanding Officer of the Yonkers Arson Investigation Unit. Joe postponed his retirement after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. At the time of his retirement later in 2002, Joe had served the people of Yonkers for over three decades with his courage, heroism, and a witty sense of humor. He saved countless lives and provided the kindness and compassion that only he could to those who had lost everything. In 1995, Joe received the “Emergency Medical Man of the Year Award” from the City of Yonkers for actions that showed his limitless courage and bravery for delivering a baby in the front seat of a parked vehicle. In addition, Joe received many awards and accommodations during his career.

Joe and his wife, Pat, owned and operated the Candlewood Stained Glass Studio located in Candlewood Corners, New Fairfield. Joe was an extraordinary artist and focused his God-given talent on creating some of the most beautiful stained glass pieces utilizing the Tiffany method. He specialized in large panels, kitchen cabinet inserts, sidelights, and various commissioned works of art. His reputation was such that he was asked to provide stained glass pieces for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in midtown Manhattan.

Joe was predeceased by his brothers Eugene, Robert, Thomas, John, Lawrence and Raymond.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his son, Michael; his daughter-in-law, Mandy,;and his three grandchildren, Maggie, Joey, and Emma.

We are all devastated by this loss, and will miss the light that he brought into all of our lives. People like Joe Dugan are rare. We’ve been blessed to have been in his presence, if only for a finite period of time. We will see you again Dad!

A Mas of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church in New Fairfield (https://saintedwardchurch.org/info).

Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery in New Fairfield, CT.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joe's memory may be made to: -National Kidney Foundation (Team Joseph V. Dugan): Fueled by passion and urgency, National Kidney Foundation is a lifeline for all people affected by kidney disease. As pioneers of scientific research and innovation, NKF focuses on the whole patient through the lens of kidney health. Relentless in our work, we enhance lives through action, education and accelerating change. https://team.kidney.org/campaign/Joseph-V--Dugan-

-Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC): This charity was dear to my father’s heart. RMHC is global network of local Chapters that has been helping millions of families with sick children find comfort and support when they need it most. Since 1974, RMHC has created programs that strengthen families during difficult times. RMHC provides vital resources and compassionate care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. https://www.rmh-newyork.org

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New York Police & Fire Retiree Assoc.

April 9, 2021

From the members of the New York Police and Fire Retiree Assoc.
Joe, May You Rest in Peace.
To the family,
The membership is sorry for your loss.

Melissa Dugan Gilardi

April 9, 2021

I'm so sad for all of us who loved Uncle Joe. He was a great uncle to me. So kind and thoughtful. Uncle Joe called me after mom passed. He made me feel loved. So proud of him for the choice he made in service to others. Being a Firefighter is such a Noble thing. Uncle Joe loved his family so much. You could hear it in his voice when he talked about them. Uncle Joe was so talented too. His stain glass pieces are magnificent. Praying for Aunt Pat and Michael and the rest of the Family. I will miss you Uncle Joe. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.

Jean & Jim Hopkins

April 8, 2021


Pat , you have our Deepest and sincerest condolences. Joe Is a fantastic And perfect example of a life well lived.
He was sincere, kind and had integrity that made him a gift to all of us fortunate enough to know him. I’ve heard that it is nice to be in someone’s thoughts but it’s better to be in someone’s prayers
But better than that is it is better to be in Gods loving care.

Jean & Jim Hopkins

milton craven

April 8, 2021

CAPT DUGAN -- you were a great guy to work with. as I would send you out from the hall several times to different jobs for YFD. Rest your OARS COMRADE/SHIPMATE we have the watch from here.
SLOW HAND SALUTE--- US NAVY VETERAN RM2 MILTON G. .CRAVEN III ...(YFD #68 HALL)

Scott and Wendy Banning

April 7, 2021

Uncle Joe was such a gifted and kind person. He always reminded me of Brud, and even though they were years apart in age, I loved seeing them together talking about old times. Uncle Joe will be missed, but remembered for who he was and all he did for others.
We love you Aunt Pat, Michael and family

Lynne Adduci Leonard

April 7, 2021

Pat and Michael,
I am so sad to get this news. Joe was always so kind and warm, pleasant and happy, friendly beyond measure. A great person who I will miss seeing on my walks and knowing he was always there with a caring heart. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Love,
Lynne

Michael Martino

April 7, 2021

Mr Dugan (Dugaaaaaan!!!) was like a second father to me, growing up in the summers at the lake. Always quick to bust our Italian family's chops, make us laugh with endless jokes, yell at Michael, Matt and I when we got ourselves into trouble (we were just habing fun!!) .. and lead by the example he lived and shared with those he loved. I'll always be lucky and honored to have had him in my life and will miss him dearly. My love, thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Dugan, Michael, and the rest of their family and friends.

Liz, Jimmy and Ella Rose

April 7, 2021

Pat, Mike, Mandy, Maggie, Joey and Emma,

Our hearts ache for you and we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Joe was a wonderful, kind man and so glad we spent time with him.

Thinking of you.

Much love,
Liz, Jimmy and Ella Rose

Rudolph Sarro Jr

April 7, 2021

As a youngster joining the Yonkers Fire Department I always found Joe to be a fine Gentleman. Always a pleasant smile and words of encouragement and a genuine interest in how things were going with you and your Family. He truly appreciated life and as years went by I realized that Joe, in my eyes, was the epitome of what a Man should be as a Father, a husband, and a Firefighter. Deepest condolences to Pat and the entire Dugan Family...

Anne Fernandes

April 6, 2021

Thank you uncle Joe and aunt Pat for always making me feel special and giving me a home away from my home every summer. I have wonderful memories that can never be taken away from me I love you both and I hope you rest in peace uncle Joe

Love
Annie

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