Martin B. McGonigle
1941 - 2020
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Martin B. McGonigle

Mahwah - Martin Brian, beloved husband, grandfather and greatest father of all time, died peacefully at his daughter's home in Mahwah, NJ, surrounded by his entire loving family, on Monday, September 21, 2020. He was 78 years old. Born in Clifton, NJ, on November 6, 1941, he was the devoted son of Nora and Joseph McGonigle. The eldest of three boys, Marty often recalled with pleasure his early days growing up on Harding Avenue with his brothers Austin and Joseph. He was a proud graduate of St. Mary's High School in Rutherford, Class of 1959. After putting himself through St. Peter's College in Jersey City, he joined the US Coast Guard. Marty's gift of persuasion and strong work ethic allowed for a successful sales career in the packaging industry. Marty and his wife Lynne settled in Mahwah, NJ, in 1971, where they happily raised their four children. His love of sports played a huge role in his life, whether as a player, coach, or his grandchildren's biggest fan. He was a diehard supporter of the Yankees, Giants and Notre Dame football. Golfing and umpiring baseball were Marty's favorite legitimate hobbies, since being the life of the party wasn't always an option on weekdays. His countless friendships in New Jersey and Naples, Florida, were extremely important to him and being a member of Activities Unlimited opened up even more relationships later in Marty's life. He never hesitated to passionately share his love for the United States and what he believed to be best for our country. Marty leaves behind his loving wife Lynne Ehrle McGonigle, with whom he celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on September 20, 2020; his four adoring children: Brian McGonigle (Luann), Kelly McClanahan (Danny), Danny McGonigle (Christine) and Sharyn Burns (Michael), and his greatest pride of all, being "Pop" to his twelve cherished grandchildren: Michael, Krista, Katelyn, Thomas, Brenna, Kevin, Michael Jr., Jillian, Dylan, Daniel, Megan and Owen; and his caring nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all those who loved him so. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marty's memory to his alma mater, St. Mary's High School, 64 Chestnut Street, Rutherford, NJ, 07070, where he served on the Board of Directors, would be appreciated. For more information, please visit vpfh.com




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Published in The Record/Herald News from Sep. 22 to Sep. 23, 2020.
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October 12, 2020
So sorry for the loss of my cousin, I wish I knew sooner. Marty was a sweet, funny guy. Hugs and kisses to Lynn and the kids!
Kathleen A Miele
Family
October 11, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. It was an honor being one of your friends.
RIP Marty.
Ro iacovelli
Friend
October 11, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. It was an honor being one of your friends.
RIP Marty.
Ro iacovelli
Friend
September 25, 2020
Knew Marty both as a teammate in school and as a buddy to my older brother and myself. We established connection again in later years through email and I counted on his communications for upcoming events and what was happening to our mutual friends and associates. I will miss being in touch. I also knew his beautiful lady through Marty and love that they had so many years together and have such a legacy in their children and grandkids. Be well Lynn and smile at all you enjoyed together.
Joe Quinn
Friend
September 24, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of Marty’s passing into life eternal. We shall remember good times that we had, whether it be Christmas dinners with Dr Alcala and Nancy and our staff, to weddings of some of our children, Dr Alcala’s retirement dinner, or whether just listening to Lynne’s stories about the good times you shared together. We extend to Lynne and your loving family our deepest sympathy. May he Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord and Savior...
It was a beautiful celebration Mass which we watched live stream since we were not able to attend ..
Most sincerely, Richard and Janice Cannataro
Richard and Janice Cannataro
Friend
September 23, 2020
Our thoughts are with you all. Wishing you peace at a sad time. I have many memories from when I was younger but mostly through my mom of the amazing man and friend Mr McGonigle. Stories, laughs, emails.... you will as others have said be sorely missed, but I know my dad was there eager to meet you once again. With love,
Cyndie Sloan
Friend
September 23, 2020
To all the McGonigles and there are many!
May joy and peace surround you. Remember all the good times and enjoy them all with a smile.
Love,
Maggie

Maggie Donohue
Family
September 23, 2020
Martin B McGonigle
in general the community has suffered a great loss in the death of Martin McGonigle.
In particular those of us who called him a friend have suffered an even greater loss
The class of 1959 has lost our shephered, Marty wanted us to be a force and organized our reunions and our spring break
Saint Paddy‘s Day parade in Naples Florida. He was the glue in our scrapbook I’m sure we all have a story to tell or a joke to remember that was relayed by Marty.
Once Marty befriended you it was for life you did not need to be perfect. he visited the sick and supported their families
. He was always ready to help. His abilities to charm and encourage were second to none the smile was heartwarming but at the same time we have all seen that look of disapproval that needed no words. Marty was the holy family’s father figure and dedicated himself along with Lynn his loving and accepting wife to create a strong. loving, responsible family of McGonagle’s that we know today
I’m sure our Blessed Mother was there to welcome you Marty as one of her favorite sons for all the times you Invoked her name and contributed to your alma mater bearing her name.
Marty we will miss you always. Thank you for your friendship.
RIP dear Magoo say hi to Moose and Jack. GO GAELS!!

lovingly Kevin Jones and Kay Sloan
Kay Sloan
Classmate
September 23, 2020
Lynne, I am so sorry to hear about Marty's passing. He was a good man, and I will miss him and his humor. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
kevin considine
Friend
September 23, 2020
To Lynne & family: my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Marty, but truly he is with our Lord Jesus; for Marty was a good & loving man,who I knew to be just just that,even back in our St. Mary’s days. Marty will be missed by his AU Club buddies,such as my husband Frank. We offer prayers for you as you get through this time of grief. Sincerely,Kathleen Tomasello Giardella
Kathleen Tomasello Giardella
Friend
September 23, 2020

The last time I had the pleasure of being with Marty and Lynn was at the annual AU dance. We first became acquainted thru Mahwah Little League in 1977, where they unselfishly gave all of their caring and energy. But it was not until that dance that he was such a "BIG MAN", who appeared to fill the room with his presence. I hope that I was on his very big list of admiring friends.
Anthony (Tony) Romandetta
Friend
September 23, 2020
Marty, I will cherish you embrace you in the same love and affection I have for my own family. Never will forget you and your humility. Be well in heaven, my friend. Guy
Guy Cappello
Friend
September 22, 2020
Brian and family, so sorry to hear about your dad. We are thinking about all of you from down here in South Jersey. Sending thoughts and prayers your way.
Stephen Fortino
Friend
September 22, 2020
The best brother one could ever ask for. The person who
had the most influence in my life. A man many loved and one who leaves a legacy of
four wonderful children and
twelve grandchildren all of
whom have been influenced
by Marty. He will be sorely missed by so many who knew him.
Austin McGonigle
Brother
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