Patrick Corrigan

Patrick Corrigan, 90, and a 57 year resident of Closter, passed away peacefully on July 1. He was born May 10, 1928 to Patrick and Mary (nee Rafferty) Corrigan in Brooklyn, NY. He was married for 45 years to Margaret (nee Agans), who passed away in 2001. He is also predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen, his sister, Mary Mayers, and nephews James and Thomas Mayers.

Patrick is survived by his three children, daughter Patricia and husband Jeffrey Cummings of Arlington, VA, son Robert of Long Island City, NY, and daughter Jeanne and husband Richard Belden of Montvale, NJ. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Michael, Cody, and Jackson Cummings, Timothy and Jessica Belden, and nephew Patrick Mayers.

Patrick was raised in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Bishop Loughlin and St. John’s University. The majority of his career was spent with the Ford Foundation, with whom he traveled the globe and where he retired after 34 years.

Pat was a devoted volunteer and was fueled by social activity. He was an active member of several organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, the Cornerstone Group, the Golden Ages, Closter Seniors, Mr. & Mrs. Club and LAFF (Life After the Ford Foundation). He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Closter.

He loved to travel and enjoyed sharing his adventures, as well as helping others plan their trips. He loved NYC, Broadway shows, casino trips, and storytelling. He was well known for his good company, bargain findings, driving directions, bad jokes, and generous cocktails. Patrick was a people lover and had an amazing network of comrades. He greatly cherished these friends and looked forward to his many weekly and monthly get-togethers. He always had kind words and a smile for both friends and strangers. His thoughtfulness touched many lives and he will be sorely missed.

Visitation will be at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale on Thursday 7/5 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.   A funeral mass will be on Friday 7/6 at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 20 Legion Place, Closter. Burial to follow at Rockland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Knights of Columbus, Queen of Peace Council No. 3679, PO Box 116, Closter, NJ 07624



  1. JosephN Connolly :

    Patrick was one of the best human beings I’ve known; most decent, fun loving, always smiling, caring and ready with a joke. A Sir Knight like no other, always pitched in to help with any event small or large. He lived the motto of charity, unity fraternity and patriotism. I will miss you brother…

  2. Mary Egan-Long :

    I only discovered this evening that Pat had passed away. He was an outstanding human being. The social light of every party and the bartender at many that I can remember. Pat introduced my mother and father, who also went to St. Johns University. My parents selected Pat to be my God Father. He made his mark on this earth and he certainly will not be forgotten. I’ll miss his stories and treasure the picture of Pat, my Dad and the baby pig at the dinner table in Nigeria Falls. I’ll miss him.

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