Daniel Joseph McGarrigan III

June 23, 1943January 1, 2019

Daniel J. McGarrigan, III, 75 of Southport, NC passed away on January 1, 2019.

Mr. McGarrigan, a native of Philadelphia, PA, graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering; Widener University with a MS in Systems Engineering; and the Defense Systems Management College with a MA in Acquisition Management.

Professionally, Mr. McGarrigan was a Senior Advisor to the White House Military Office, Naval Aviation and the Marine Corps for the development and restart efforts for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program. During his tenure with the Department of Defense Mr. McGarrigan was the Program Manager responsible for all aircraft launch and recovery for Naval Air Systems Command. He managed a team of 1,200 professionals with a $300 million annual budget. As Deputy Acquisition Executive for Systems Command he developed acquisition strategies, oversaw the independent assessments provided to Congress for the guided missile program and Navy tactical training ranges deficiencies. As a Technical Director for the Command he directed the integration of all aviation systems requiring onboard ship installation. He managed efforts of 12 senior program managers and provided leadership when reporting assigned programs to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Shipbuilding and Logistics.

As a Visiting Professor at St. Mary’s College he provided guidance and counseling to members of the faculty and instructed industry members with regards to Government contracting, risk management and program acquisition.

As the Senior Business Development Manager for the Cumberland Group he advised corporate leadership regarding developing areas for growth and provided curricula for corporate team building and crisis management.

Mr. McGarrigan is survived by his wife Peg, three children, Laurie, DJ and Scott and five grandchildren, Jackson, Ella Kate, Danny, Ethan and Dylan.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, January 4, 2019 in the Peacock – Newnam & White Funeral Home Chapel.

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  • Memorial Service Friday, January 4, 2019

Daniel Joseph McGarrigan III

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January 13, 2019


So sorry for your loss. I hope you can find joy and comfort in all of the good times you shared with your father. Losing a parent is not easy. Take it one day at a time. God Bless you and your family!!


Kim Bauman

January 10, 2019

Dear Peg,
It seems like yesterday that I met you and Dan on that serendipitous rainy night in the Fairways... I am so thankful for that moment. And I am so heartbroken and sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I can only imagine how difficult this is for you and your family, and I am thinking about you all and praying for you.
I am so thankful to have known Dan and his strong but gentle spirit. You have both been such a blessing in my life, and I was so looking forward to seeing you both again soon.
Sending all my love,

Chip Boyle

January 6, 2019

Dearest Peg, news of Dan's passing came to his friends at the Glassy Mountain Cigar & Fitness Club at yesterday's (January 5th) gathering. Our deepest condolences. Dan was a true friend and quiet force; always with a small smile and good story. You are both missed here. Our thoughts are with you and your family.