John J. Dragan, Sr

June 25, 1939August 22, 2018
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John J. Dragan, age 79, passed away Wednesday, August 22nd. Born on June 25, 1939 to his late European immigrant parents, Andrew and Alice Dragan, he was predeceased by his beloved wife, Elaine. He leaves behind his five children-Joan Bossi, Jean Sisto, Diane Impastato, John Dragan Jr., and Catherine Framness, his loving sister, Helen Quackenbush, his brother-in-law William Quackenbush, and his nephew Jason Quackenbush. He also leaves behind 13 loving grandchildren. John earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Connecticut in 1961 where he also excelled in track and football. Upon graduation John went to work on the construction of a section of the NYS thruway known as the Northway. In his early career John also served as Blooming Grove Town Engineer and worked on the design and expansion of Stewart International Airport. Later in his professional life John was Director of Construction Management for Metro North Commuter Railroad. His last project before retirement was the successful renovation and restoration of Grand Central Terminal including the renowned celestial ceiling located on the Main Concourse. John’s straightforward reputation was well known to planning board members throughout Orange County due to his private engineering and land surveying work which engaged his nights and weekends for over forty years. John was an avid reader and took particular interest in the history of the Civil War. He was known in his community for his plentiful vegetable garden which he most enjoyed sharing with friends and family. John will be most remembered for his dedication to family, his reputation for honesty, his outstanding work ethic, and his tireless effort to provide for and encourage higher education for his children and grandchildren. Donations in honor of John Dragan can be made to support UCONN students who have experienced unanticipated hardships through the UCONN Foundation (Please click on link below under Donations).


  • Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Burial Following Mass Friday, September 7, 2018

John J. Dragan, Sr

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Maria Avery

September 6, 2018

Dear Joan, Jean, John, Catherine & Family-
I wanted to extend to you all my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Kim Gooden

September 6, 2018

My Deepest Sympathy to the Family. I worked with John at Metro-North Railroad for over 20 yrs. and he was always a pleasure; funny and didn't miss a beat to volunteer as Santa for the employees children in our department at Christmastime. LOL. Your Guardian Angel will always be by your side.

Nicholas Scarano

September 5, 2018

A long time Navy Seabee buddy, Mike Moskowitz, introduced me to John Dragan which resulted in my 30-year employment with Metro-North that started on April 18, 1988 (I recently retired this past June). John was not only an awesome engineer but a mentor to me in my early years with the Railroad. With regard to his gardening, I remember his love for strawberries. We also shared some fun times at work; besides posting paper clippings of the comic character "Shoe" by his office door, once in awhile, John would doze off at his desk just after lunch. As such when it happened, we would all silently gather in his office and start talking as if he was in a meeting with us. When he woke up, one of us would say, "Isn't that right John?". Of course he caught on to the prank and told us all to get the hell out of his office (jokingly). The last time I saw John was at Frank Doogan's retirement party (whom I believe John had hired as well) and it was wonderful to see his cheerful presence and that special smile of his.
Thank you John for those wonderful memories!

Stacey Pazoga

September 5, 2018

It is with deepest sympathy that I extend sincere condolences to Joan, Jean, Diane, John, Catherine and families...
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wishing you peace and solace, Stacey

Marie Loftus

September 4, 2018

We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that you are able to find comfort in all the wonderful stories and memories that all have to share about your dad.

Mike Moskowitz

September 4, 2018

I have known John since 1975. We have spanned 4 separate employments with one another. Without a doubt, he has had the most influence in my career. He was my #1 mentor of all time, bar none. He was also the best fondest memory of this was he would pass out the cigars, close the construction trailer doors, and the last person alive from no oxygen, won. It was usually him. He will be missed.................


September 4, 2018

Worked with John for many years at Metro-North. We used to share stories about our gardens and vied to out do each other in bringing tomatoes to the office! I sold my Dodge pick up to John, and understand that he put many, many more miles on it.

A fellow Ukrainian, he was also a good engineer and a good fellow to work with and for.

I will be sure to be there for the visitation!

Mike Savchak

Rita Seaton

September 4, 2018

I worked in the GCT Department and interacted with John on various occasions during the GCT restoration. He was always a very easy going person with a mild demeanor. My favorite memory was that sometimes he would start to nod off during boring meetings and we would all tease him about it. John was such a likeable person and he was well respected by everyone . It was a loss when he retired, but we were happy for him.

My deepest sympathies to his family. May your wonderful memories give you comfort during this very difficult time.