Cornelius Duggan

cornelius duggan

July 19, 1936 ~ September 20, 2023

Cornelius J. Duggan passed away peacefully on September 20, 2023 at Villa Marie Claire Hospice in Saddle River, NJ, surrounded by his family. Born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1936, Corneius left Ireland at the age of 17 and moved to Toronto, Canada. Soon after he moved to Edgewater, NJ. and became a mechanic for the New York Transit Authority, which he retired from after 30 years of service. After a brief retirement, Cornelius started a second career for Prentice Hall book publishers, where he served as a building engineer. Cornelius loved spending time with his family at his home in Leonia, NJ for 60 years. He also loved traveling to new places with his wife, Phyllis, and his yearly trips to Ireland to visit with his extended family and friends.

Beloved husband and soul mate of the late Philomena Duggan (nee Bohen), loving father of the late Francis Duggan and his wife Christine Duggan, Pauline Duggan Pellegrino and her husband, David Pellegrino, and Deirdre Duggan. Devoted grandfather to Joseph and Olivia Duggan, Kate and Nina Pellegrino, and Hyatt and Fiona Cohen. Cornelius is predeceased by his late sisters, Noreen Cox and Maureen Whalen, and his brother Denis Christopher Duggan. He will be missed fondly by his nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and neighbors throughout the world including the United States, Ireland, and England.

The family will receive family and friends at Frank Patti Funeral Home in Fort Lee, NJ on Friday, September 22, 2023 from 4 PM to 8 PM. The Funeral will be held at St. John’s The Evangelist Church, in Leonia, NJ at 10 AM on Saturday, September, 23, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, donations will kindly be accepted at The Englewood Health Foundation


Mass: September 23, 2023 10:00 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

Visitation at Funeral Home: September 22, 2023 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place: September 23, 2023 11:10 am

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Sincere Sympathy to Deidre and Pauline on the sad passing of your father Connie. Also to all the family and grandchildren. May Connie Rest in Peace. We will be think of you all over the coming days. Joseph and Kathryne Bohan and family, Cloone, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.

  2. Extending our deepest sympathy to Pauline and Deirdre and the rest of the family on the sad passing of Connie. Connie was a loving grandfather to Olivia and Joseph and a kind hearted father in law to Christine. We all loved spending time with him and grandma Phyllis in Leonia, Ireland and England. Riding the miniature train in the park, driving the red car around the living room, touring the aeroplane museum and dancing to Irish music are all happy and cherished memories.
    RIP Connie
    Thinking of you all
    Christine, Olivia and Joseph

  3. In memory of my Grandpa, Connie. Moira and I were greatly saddened to hear of his passing. I have many happy memories that I'll always cherish. You were a bright light and a companion to us all. RIP

  4. RIP to a truly great guy. Mr. D's friendliness, warmth, and of course his great sense of humor made every visit to the Duggan household in Leonia a pleasure. Not only did he make me always feel welcome there (I was a frequent visitor), but with his genuineness and lack of pretense he could easily chat and joke and laugh with his children's friends – a gift, and a pretty rare quality for a parent to have in those days. One in a million, you could say. Rest easy, Mr. D.

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