I knew John all my life. He was two years ahead of me at Saint Marks and Saint Thomas Academy. My family was one of the many benefactors of his intense but gentle talents as a surgeon. John performed two emergency appendectomies on two of our children. He had the best bedside manor ever. I used to keep in contact with John through Carol's uncle Dr. Leo Zachman down at St Joseph Hospital in the Doctors' Lounge. Just last June 4th I had the pleasure of talking with John at a birthday gathering hosted by Roger. I had the opportunity to have an exchange with John about two subjects which he remembered well and gave us some good chuckles:
The first subject was our mutual recollection of when an airplane crashed on Iglehart Avenue between Finn and Cleveland in the summer of 1933. John was living with his family on the north side of Iglehart the second house west of Cleveland. I was living on Iglehart and Finn. John clearly recalled that he was riding his tricycle and watched the plane come down only a few hundred feet from him. We both recalled that the site of the crash was Gage Colby's house which was later occupied by Senator Eugene McCarthy.
The second subject was our recollection of some of the antics and appearances of the Crack Drill Squad of Saint Thomas Academy. John was a member of the Crack Squad and had some interesting anecdotes about it.
Little did we know it was our last chat. I will miss him at the future gatherings which he usually attended.
How fortunate we all are to have known him. Most especially you and your children. You can be sure that he is still looking out for you and the kids.
Saint Marks class of 1942
Sheila and family, Dr. John Culligan took such good care of my grandmother, Viola Gehlen, and comforted her husband, Dr. Joe Gehlen, during her surgery. He and Dr. David were very compassionate doctors.
My deepest condolences to the entire Culligan family, may your faith carry you through this difficult time.
Dear Culligan family,
we were saddened to hear of Dr. Culigan's passing. He was a great man and surgeon. He added 25 + years to our dad's life.
I worked at St. Joe's in Communications where Dr. 'C' would stop in just to say hello. He was always so humble and kind; always patient and caring about everyone and NEVER had a cross word for anyone. We are remembering him and you in our prayers. Thank you for sharing him with us.
Culligan and Maruggi families, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You're in our thoughts and prayers as you treasure his memory.
Barb, Pat, Molly, and Andrew Bussen
The loss of Dr. Culligan breaks my heart. I loved him so much. I will always remember his kindness and his laugh...
I wrap my heart around you now.
A great surgeon, who helped add years to my father's life. A great person, who was there for friends in need. Condolences to the Culligan clan on your loss.
Healing blessings to the family of John Culligan.
Terri & Jack Hawthorne
Friends of Molly Culligan, his sister
John, Katie, Liz and the rest of the Culligan Family,
Your dad was a wonderful man. May you find peace in his memory. I will be praying for your family.
My heart goes out to the entire Culligan family at this sad time. I have many fond memories of Dr.Culligan, and the strong friendship he and his family shared with ours. He was an exceptional man, and we are all better for knowing him. May God bless him and keep him, and console his family in their grief.
Dear Culligan Family, Working with Dr. Culligan at St. Joseph's Hospital brought a great respect for the doctor and the man he was. As a chaplain, he invited me into heart surgery. It was a great experience I will never forget. I loved him, his humor and his empathy for his patients. God bless you all at this time of loss. He was a great man.
I remember Dr Culligan from the time I was an EKG technician at St Joseph's Hospital. He WAS St. Jospeh's Hospital and we were honored to have someone of his caliber on our staff. Years later HealthEast was doing an Alumni newsletter and wanted to highlight a former physician. He was everyone's first choice. I contacted him in Arizona and it was fun listening to stories of what was really the good old days. We are sorry for the loss of such a skilled surgeon and good man.
Sorry for your loss, I have very fond memories of your dad.
Tom Frid Jr.
To all of the Culligans: Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you in your time of loss. Words cannot describe how much "Dr. John" meant to our entire family over the years, he holds a very special place in our hearts. I must echo the sentiment someone else shared " the world was a better place with Dr. Culligan in it".
We love you all,
Chris, Dana and Missie Seestedt
Dear Katie and the rest of the Culligan Family,
So many years have passed, yet I still remember your dad very well, mostly from Derham events. Even then, despite being self absorbed teenagers, we all knew he was a great one.
My condolences to you all.
Dear Culligan-Maruggi Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Scott and I wish we could be with you in the next few days of celebrating a life well lived. All of your best, Jean and Scott Cottington
John, Katie and the Culligan Family, We were saddened to learn of the death of your father. He was a great role model. My condolences.
Gayle Langevin Johnson
As one of a small group of close friends from the STMA years I was always impressed by John's ability to see the bright side of things in spite of his numerous medical conditions over the years.
The world was a better place with Dr.Culligan in it. Our thoughts and prayers are with Shelia and family.May
He Rest in Peace in the Arms of God.
Blessings and Love,
Chuck and Betsy Schlaefer Hickok
May the light of our Lord shine upon his soul. Our sympathies.
Pauline and George Nahabedian
I'm sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family peace in your time of sorrow.
The last time I saw John, Shelia and Betty Culligan we had a delightful dinner at the country club. I am the widow of Terry Murphy, Dave's best friend for many years until Terry's death in 1981. John will be missed. He was a great listener and an interesting conversationalist. He and Sheila were a wonderful couple. My heard goes out to Shelia and the family.
Mothers Heart Surgean 198x Sympathys
Shannon and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
The Culligan family are in our hearts and prayers now and in the days to come. He has passed to join many of his family and friends but his spirit will always be alive here through all of you.
What a special man he was!! Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Culligan/Maruggi family - sending you lots of hugs and beautiful memories to carry you through this difficult time.
Stephanie and Aziz Fenjiro
Love to all your family. The last couple of weeks have been very humbling. We will keep you in our prayers.
Dear Culligan Family,
My heart goes out to you for your loss. The Helm family holds many great memories of John and the years of kindness he extended in caring for our family.
Tom Helm and the entire Helm family
Dear Katie and John,
I am so sorry - this is such a loss to hear about - he will be missed by so many! He was one of my favorite doctors!!! Prayers and thoughts to all of you at this time.
Rest in Peace Dr. Culligan
Tom, Shannon, Paul & All the Culligans, Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of your Dad.
We are sad to hear of your loss. We look forward to seeing him as is described in the Bible at Job 33:25. May Jehovah grant your family peace and comfort in your time of need.
Paul, Anne and all the Culligan clan. I was sorry to learn of your Father's passing today. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Margo McMahon Fochler and all of the McMahons
Katie, my heart goes out to you. I pray you are surrounded by the love of family to support you and yours as you grieve you Dad's loss. He has indeed been blessed, all these years, with your unique spirit and love. Take good care.
We worked with Dr. Cullingan for many years. He was a Great Surgeon and a wonderful man. He will be missed by many. Katy you are in our thoughts and prayers. Ernie and Mary Beth