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Michael J. Higgins Funeral Service Inc.

321 South Main Street, New City, NY

OBITUARY

Joseph P. Duignan

April 24, 1924September 8, 2019
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Joseph P. Duignan, Sr. of Sparkill, New York, age 95, passed away peacefully on September 8, 2019. Born and raised in Washington Heights, New York City to Nora and John Duignan. Joe is pre-deceased by 3 brothers – John, Maurice, William and two sisters – Catherine and Rita. Joe served in the United States Army during the Second World War with the 747 Tank Battalion. They landed on Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944 during the second wave of the Normandy Invasion. Private First-Class Duignan was awarded the Purple Heart for his distinguished service during the Battle of Normandy. Joe married Marion (née) O’Connor on May 29, 1948. Father of eight children, Edward (deceased), Joseph (deceased), Patrick, Daniel, Michael, Noreen, Eileen and Timothy. Grandfather of nineteen and Great Grandfather of eight. Joe served the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) retiring with the rank of Lieutenant. Joe was assigned to Ladder 5, Ladder 36, and Engine 70. He proudly served the City of New York for 38 years. Joe’s passion for service continued as he championed athletic programs in the NYC communities of Washington Heights and Inwood. He directed a very successful baseball and basketball program for St. Elizabeth School CYO for 15 years. A loving grandparent, Joe loved rooting on his grandchildren in their academic and athletic endeavors. Joe happily spent the last eight years as a resident of Dowling Gardens. Family will receive friends on Thursday, 2-4 & 7-9pm at Higgins Funeral Home in New City, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Eye Bank at https://www.eyedonation.org/about-the-eye-bank/

Services

  • Visiting Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, September 13, 2019

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tansy & mike forster

September 18, 2019

We were thrilled to be able to play a part in Joe's return to Normandy and him being awared the Legion d'Honneur, it really is a big deal to the local people here to show their appreciation to the veterans.
We're all very saddened another of The Greatest Generation has stopped serving.
Rest in Peace Joe and thanks for coming all those years ago - you'll never be forgotten.

William Duignan

September 13, 2019

Colette Colina~McCutcheon

September 13, 2019

Mr. D, our sky shines brighter at night with your beautiful light shining down upon us. Rest In Peace sir, for you of all deserve that much. Thank you for your great examples, your fine family , my brother Danny & most of all your service to our country! You sir have made this world a better place. You will be missed.
Much Love & Gratitude,
Colette , Lorén & Sean

Alfred Hildreth

September 12, 2019

My Deepest condolences to the Duignan Family. Lue, as I knew him was my lieutenant in Ladder 36 in the FDNY. I knew him as Joe, but with respect I always called him Lue. He was an excellent fire officer and individual. Until we meet again, to that place were we all must go some Day.
Alfred P. Hildreth & Family

Tony D’Angelo

September 12, 2019

Deepest sympathy to the Duignan family. Mr. D was a great example of how to live your life. He went to war as a young man when his nation needed him. He came home, married and raised a family. He gave back to his community and touched the lives of countless youngsters. He instilled in his children the need to pay it forward. We at CYO are appreciative that you made our organization better.
A life well lived. God bless

John Sullivan

September 9, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. D's passing, he was truly a great man who helped keep a lot of kids busy playing sports which helped all of us who grew up in the heights. We stayed out of trouble and he made sure we understood how we needed to behave and treated everyone with respect. Rest in Peace Mr. D you were a great example of how we should conduct ourselves as adults.

John Sullivan

Frank Heller

September 9, 2019

Joe,
I can just picture God, up in heaven, saying: “Mister D, get up,
get your coat on, and get up here!!”
You will be missed!!

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