Ann Gilligan

December 21, 1946April 2, 2019

Ann M. (O’Brien) Gilligan, age 72, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Yale New Haven Hospital after a brief illness. She was a resident of Madison, CT.

She is survived by her daughter Lauren (Ian) Stanton; her grandchildren, Parker and Margaux; and sisters Pat (Rich) Palfy and Maureen (Roy Creekmore) O’Brien.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael J Gilligan (2009); and stepmother Marge O’Brien.

Ann was born on December 21, 1946 in Bronx, NY to William and Mary (McNamara) O’Brien. She graduated from St. Barnabas High School in Bronx, NY.; and received degrees from Mount St. Vincent College and Hunter College. She taught high school English at DeWitt Clinton in Bronx, NY, George Washington in Washington Heights, New York, NY and Leadership and Public Service High School in New York, NY. She also served as intern coordinator at Leadership and Public Service.

Ann was a 40-year resident of Harriman, NY. After Michael’s death, she moved to Madison, CT in 2010. Ann was involved in the Madison Winter Club serving on the special events and marketing committees. She made many friends while in Madison and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Donations can be made in her memory to the Metropolitan Opera. However, her memory will be kept alive by her family and friends whenever they enjoy the arts, have a great meal; sip on a cosmo or glass of wine; stay up too late reading a great book; travel; do the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink; make lists; appreciate a good thunderstorm; visit the beach; and take quiet pleasure in watching the snowdrops, tulips and lilies bloom.

In lieu of traditional funeral services and per Ann’s wishes, the family will host a celebration of life later this spring.


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Ann Gilligan

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Susan Blau

April 13, 2019

As a alumna of Syracuse University I became a founding member of the Friends of the High School for Leadership and Public Service . That was when I met Ann as she was a teacher and coordinator for the intern program . She was always a delight . .., irreverent when necessary, funny all the time , committed to her students and the program and working with her was a joy . I remember her so excited about Lauren’s wedding and I am so glad to hear she had grandchildren to spoil. My thoughts are with her family and while we weren’t in touch over the past years I will always remember her fondly.