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James D. Madigan, 84, of Toledo, Ohio died peacefully on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
James was born on June 8, 1930, to William and Elizabeth (Malone) Madigan. He was married to the love of his life, Dorothy Patricia (Beaber) Madigan for 58 years and she survives.
James graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1948 and attended the University of Toledo from 1948-1950. He served in the United States Air Force for 31 years, retiring as Senior Master Sergeant. He was most proud of his five children, dedicated to working hard to put them through Catholic Schools. A devoted Catholic, James was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Patrick's Historic Parish, and St. Hyacinth.
He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, University of Michigan Wolverines fan, and published writer of numerous letters to the editor of the Toledo Blade. James had a strong sense of civic responsibility, and was a Democratic Precinct Committeeman, 16th ward Democratic Chairman, former member of the Lucas County Democratic Executive Committee, Junior Achievement Advisor, and former member of the OLPH School Board. He was a jazz enthusiast, loved gardening and going to the Toledo Farmer's Market. He was a world traveler, going to Ireland, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. He was a proud member of the American Legion Post 335, V.F.W. Post 1115 in Maumee, St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Council, Knights of Columbus.
James worked for Sun Oil Refinery for 42 years as a plant operator/foreman, safety operations manager and trainer. James was an advocate of environmental safety in oil refining practices. He was a former officer of Local 7-912 Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union. He testified in Washington, D.C. before a House subcommittee on the dangers of benzene in the oil refining industry. In 1972, James was instrumental in construction of a new oil refining facility in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.
James is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Mary Madigan (Thomas Goddeeris), James Madigan, Daniel (Robin) Madigan, Grace Park, Amy Peters; grandchildren, Andrew and Joseph Goddeeris, Maren and Daniel Madigan, Sarah and Laura Park, and Ethan Peters.
Family and friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Thursday, July 3 from 4:00-8:00 p.m., with a prayer service and "sharing of memories" at 7:00. Funeral Services will begin in the mortuary on Saturday, July 5 at 9:30, followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 at St. Hyacinth Church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Parkinson's Foundation of Northwest Ohio.
Please view James' video tribute and share a memory at
Coyle Funeral Home
1770 S Reynolds Rd Toledo, OH 43614
Published in Toledo Blade from July 2 to July 3, 2014