William Gilligan of Paterson age 70

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WEST MILFORD — Services were held for William J. Gilligan, 70, of Paterson, who died on Friday, September 28, 2012. He was the father of John of this township.

Born in Scranton, Pa., Mr. Gilligan lived in Paterson for most of his life. He was a railroad engineer for NJ Transit, Hoboken, for more than 40 years before retiring in 2002. Also, he was a U.S. Army veteran.

Services were Tuesday at the Festa Memorial Funeral Home, Totowa, followed by Mass at St. Gerard R.C. Church, Paterson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605.

Mr. Gilligan also is survived by his wife, the former Arlene Russo; his other son, Brian of Paterson; his daughter, Christine of Paterson; his sister, Jacquelyn Gruppo of Paterson; and three grandchildren.

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