CAPT. (RET.) JOSEPH MICHAEL MCGONAGLE SR. "MICKEY" - 6/25/1922 - 3/06/2013 - BURLINGTON - After 90 full and active years, our Irishman left this life to join his bride, Pauline Marion (Trombley) McGonagle, who predeceased him on March 3, 2005. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to William McGonagle (County Donegal, Ireland) and Mary (Byrnes) McGonagle. After losing his father at the age of 12, he was raised by his mother, maternal grandmother, and older brother, John. At age 17, he enlisted in the Guard and transferred into the United States Army at Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, in 1941. A year later, he met his wife, Pauline, at the Black Cat Restaurant in Burlington. They were married on September 12th of the same year at the chapel in Fort Ethan Allen and began their 62-year journey together. Mickey was called to serve in the European theatre during World War II. Together their travels brought them to such places as England, Germany, France, Belgium, Brussels, Ireland and much of the United States. They returned to the U.S. and finally to Vermont, where Mickey had several career opportunities. He worked for his father-in-law's (Louis "Bidau" Trombley) ice delivery service. He owned and operated Mickey's Delivery Service and McGonagle's Insurance Agency. He served in several capacities for the Vermont Job Service as Field Supervisor and Director where he retired after 35 years, in 1987. Mickey and Pauline spent their retirement with family. They helped to raise their grand- children, traveled, and Mickey ran the Elk's Bingo and was awarded Elk of the Year. Mickey enjoyed dining out with Pauline and the rest of the clan whenever possible, and of course having his infamous "Drop." Mickey was a member of the Elk's, BPOE 916 (lifetime), the Saint John's Club, the Eagle's, the Legion, the VFW, and the Ancient Order of Hibernian's. Mickey has an amazing life history, with a multitude of stories that will be shared for years to come, he was our little piece of history with lessons to always be learned. In addition to his wife, Mickey was predeceased by his son, Denis in March 2012; his parents; brother, John; and sister, Katherine. He is survived by his loving and devoted family; sons, Mike of Underhill; Patrick and his wife, MaryEllen, and their daughters, Kelty and Mikaela, of Castro Valley, Calif.; and Kevin and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Elizabeth, Lauren and Kyle, of South Burlington; daughter, Pamela, her partner, Jay Clark, and her son, Sam (Moulton), of Burlington; stepgrandson, Tyson and his fiancée, Allison, of Barre; grandson, Sean McGonagle and his mother, Carole Mullen, of Marshfield, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews, extended and adopted family and friends. The family would like to express their love and appreciation for the constant and continued support of their friends and family. Also, to the ICU team at FAHC, Dr. Jeffrey Rubman, the Saint John's Club, and the tremendous care from the entire staff at the Respite House, you made this last part of Mickey's journey very peaceful. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Catholic Church in Burlington. Interment will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington. Visiting hours will be on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd. in Burlington. Online condolences may be made to In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mickey's name to the Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Road, Williston, VT 05495.

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Mar. 7, 2013