Edward Colligan


Edward Colligan died peacefully at home on August 9 after a courageous and inspirational battle with lung disease.

Ed was born July 22, 1930, in Quincy to Thomas H. and Ethel J Colligan.   In the summers, he would come to the Vineyard to visit his sister, Dot, and it was through her that he met his wife, Lil. He served in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #257 for over 50 years, and was Post Commander from 1994-1996 and again from 2010-2011. In 1992, he initiated the Avenue of Flags at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven.

Ed was a past vice-president of St. Augustine Holy Name Society, and was treasurer of St. Vincent de Paul Society of MV since 1994. He was awarded the Marian Medal in 1978. He was a Life Member of the PA Club.  He was a member of the Tisbury Fire Department for 40 years and retired as the Captain of Engine 3, Legion Pumper.

Ed worked for the J. Campbell Oil Company, RM Packer, and the Corner Service Station. At Colligan Appliance, he worked with his son and granddaughter. He worked at Cronig’s Market salad bar in Vineyard Haven until his retirement.  He was instrumental in the Fire Fighter’s MDA assistance.

Over his lifetime, he enjoyed bowling, fast-pitching softball for the MV Marine Hospital team, and coaching Little League for the Tisbury Tigers in the early 60’s. He loved vacationing with his wife and friends, visiting Ireland, researching his family tree, coin collecting, the Red Sox, the Bruins, spending time with his family, chocolate frappes, walking, telling jokes, and being Irish.  Every December, he enjoyed suiting up in red for his annual fire truck ride, learning sign language, helping others learn English, lemon meringue pie, and helping with many functions at the Legion, the Fire Department, and St. Augustine’s.

Family, religion, and friends were always the most important parts of his life, and he always strived to put others’ needs above his own.  With a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye, he devoted his life to serving the community in whatever way possible.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years Lillian (Viera) Colligan. He will also be greatly missed by his son, Thomas H. Colligan, and his wife, Patti Young; his grandchildren Thomas E. Colligan, Jennifer Kuehne and her husband Christopher Kuehne, Heidi Vanderhoop, Todd Vanderhoop and his love Amera Ignacio; nine great-grandchildren: Joseph Aguilar, Corey and Tyler Vanderhoop, Alyssa and Sara Kuehne, Erick and Lewis Moore, and Ivan and Lyle Ignacio-Vanderhoop. He will bve missed by countless nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, and friends.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Blanche Morton, Peg (Morton) Grimshaw, Dot (Morton) Smith Araujo, Albert Morton, John Morton, and Bobby Morton.

His spirit will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, Ed requested that donations be made to the American Legion Post 257: Avenue of Flags fund, PO Box 257, Vineyard Haven MA 02568.

Please join with his family and friends in celebrating his wonderful life at 11 am on Saturday, September 27, in St. Augustine Church, 56 Franklin St., Vineyard Haven, followed by burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, State Rd, Vineyard Haven. A potluck gathering to share our stories and feelings will be held at the Agricultural Hall, 35 Panhandle Rd, West Tisbury.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.