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F. Joseph Carragher

F. Joseph Carragher

AGE: 78 • Spring Lake

F. Joseph Carragher, 78, of Spring Lake, NJ, died peacefully in Portsmouth, NH, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Born during the Great Depression to the late William and Philomena Carragher of Belleville, NJ, Joe was one of ten children. Throughout his life, Mr. Carragher, served his home state of New Jersey, his friends and most importantly, his family, well. Starting as a copy boy at The Newark Star-Ledger, Joe rose through the ranks of talented reporters to become the paper's Trenton Bureau Chief. Next, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for New Jersey, and later, Acting Secretary of State under Governor Brendan T. Byrne. In 1974, Mr. Carragher was appointed Executive Director of the Garden State Parkway Authority. In 1984, as Executive Director of Meadowlink, a transportation brokerage, he oversaw expansion of services to area businesses and employees. Joe married Anne Galli in 1986. Together they traveled, cheered for the NY Giants and Norte Dame and enjoyed the company of family. In retirement, Joe developed a passion for birding across the country.

Joe is united in heaven with his brothers William (Bill), Eugene (Pat), and Thomas Carragher and his son Keith. Those who live on to celebrate Mr. Carragher include his beloved wife, Anne Galli; his daughter, Jean Shields (John), his sons, Brian (Debbie), Peter (Mary Kovalski), James (Linda), Paul and Christopher (Diane), four grandchildren Andrew, Kylie, Cailin and Devlin and his sisters, Catherine Maguran, Ann Cirello, Marie Gould, Alice Riordan, Eillen Passeri, Elaine Stevens, his sister-in-laws, Eillen Carragher, Joan Carragher, Beverly Carragher and their families. His first wife, Claire (nee Smith), preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at St. Margaret's Church, Spring Lake, NJ, on December 4, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Joseph's Indian School or The Southern Poverty Law Center.


Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 2, 2012
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