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CORRIGAN--Edward Joseph (E.J.). Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Ailey Board of Trustees, and staff mourn the passing of E.J. Corrigan, our much-loved Technical Director. E.J. made many valued contributions to Ailey's performances since joining the production team in 1988, but he most cherished his self-appointed position as "head of morale," for which he was revered. His tradition of joyous barbecues in tour cities with Ailey dancers and crew and their local counterparts, along with his adventurous spirit, will be greatly missed. Generous of heart, he once biked coast to coast to support those dealing with catastrophic illness. E.J. loved the Ailey company and enjoyed each day to the fullest. Our hearts go out to his loving daughter Ana Luisa Corrigan, and all his family and friends. For information on a memorial celebration later in the spring, or to send a note of condolence to his family, please email to: EJMemorial@alvinailey.org. Joan H. Weill, Chairman; Robert Battle, Artistic Dir.; Masazumi Chaya, Assoc. Artistic Dir.; Bennett Rink, Exec. Dir; Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita

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Published in New York Times on Apr. 13, 2014.
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April 8, 2020
Thinking of you now and always. So many people say I look like you and honestly I agree. I'm proud of that. We miss you so much. You were and still are so loved by so many people around this world.
David Cifuni
April 7, 2020
Thinking of you on your sixth anniversary in Heaven - we miss you here on Earth but know you are watching over us and soaring with the angels.

Jamie Granata
Jamie Granata
April 7, 2019
Cant believe it has been 5 years since youve been gone. Every time I go back home to VC and drive down our old neighborhood street, I think of you and the fun we kids shared back then. Keep flying with the angels.
Jamie Granata
April 7, 2019
EJ, 5 years have come and gone since you left us. I still miss you and think of you often.
I love you my brother
Paul Cooper
August 31, 2016
June 19, 2016
May 17, 2016
I was wondering if this is the same Family as John E. Corrigan of the Casket Company in Brooklyn?
Thomas Baldwin
August 30, 2015
I miss you so much, and I wish you were here on your 56th birthday so I could at least call you. You weren't much for the celebration of it, but I will celebrate you anyway. You are missed more every day and I think about you endlessly, i laugh and I cry, we just had so many good laughs that it makes it so much harder. I love you so much!! Happy Birthday Boop!! Love you forever Jay and Jo XXOO!
June 15, 2015
Have I told you I loved you today?
Ana Corrigan
April 5, 2015
Boopie! She did it! Our beautiful girl has been accepted to Parsons!! I am so proud!! Thank you for watching over her. I know you are.
Love, Mina
March 30, 2015
I can't believe it's been a year already. My heart goes out to all of EJ's family. I have no words to lighten your load. Please remember him as the wonderful, fun-loving guy he was.
Iris Novick
March 30, 2015
I love you Boop. On the anniversary of your passing I look back on all the love and memories we shared, all the happy times and all the joy and laughter you brought to my life. We miss you so much and more often than not we are reminded how very lucky we were to have had you in our lives! Shine bright Boop, I look at the sky at night and know you are shining down on us. I know you and mommy are our angels! Love you forever....Jo
February 24, 2015
I can't help but to feel completely out of control lately. I still can honestly not believe that you're gone and it hits me so hard at the worst times. I want to tell you everything I'm doing with my life because I'm doing so much. I'm moving to New York next year and going to art school. I've been stressed out of my mind doing these applications and I wish I was moving there knowing you would be a subway ride away. i love you and miss you so much.
ana corrigan
February 1, 2015
Dear Eddie so sad to hear that your Mom passed last week . I hope she is at peace now that she is with you . Praying for you and your family Lori
Lori Granata
January 31, 2015
Was so sad to hear of your Mom's passing - what a wonderful woman. Hope you have found each other and are at peace.
January 30, 2015
Its been a week since mommy passed and I am sure she has finally found her way to you, now you are together again. She's been so sad since you went away. I know she is at peace now. I miss you still so much but now you are not alone! Mommy and you can both look over us. I love you both so much and miss you more today than yesterday. As comforting as it is that you are together, it doesn't make it any easier. I love you both soo much…. Always xo Jo
January 29, 2015
Hey Boop. Miss you.
Pat left this world Friday night. Please give her a big hug and kiss from me. Love you both.
Xo David Michael
David Cifuni
September 26, 2014
We miss you more and more everyday…Nothing is the same without you. With love always, Jay & Jo xx
September 19, 2014
Hey Boop, Really missing you today…Love Mina
September 9, 2014
It's been about four months now but it doesn't seem to be getting much easier. I miss and love you so much and I hope you're extremely happy wherever you are. This is my most favorite photo I have of you and my mom. I'm at a coffee shop and they just started playing Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd and it made me think about you.
Analuisa Corrigan
August 8, 2014
Boop, Chance has gone to The Rainbow Bridge, please go meet him there and keep him safe. I miss you so much, I just knew you could help me out. My heart is broken and the thought of you brings me strength….Thanks xxoo, I love you!
August 5, 2014
I remember how proud he was when "Cool John" Corrigan pitched a no hitter and it was on the front page of the sports section.
M. Moran
July 22, 2014
Just learned the sad news of EJ's passing. So enjoyed your two visits to Kong Kong and loved it when you told us the show in the Lyric Theatre looked exactly as an Ailey show should. And still wear the Ailey bomber jacket you kindly brought me on the second visit. Deepest condolences to family and friends
John Duffus
July 17, 2014
I miss you Brother ! Think about you everyday ...
John Corrigan
July 17, 2014
Now that the company is on tour, I still cannot grasp that there will be no more calls from anywhere in the world that you might be. Calls just to say; "Miss Roooose, I love you." You know how much I love you, and your absence still hurts so much that only tears can bring me some relief. I thank God for the joy you gave me.
Kathleen Rose
July 16, 2014
After all this time, l still can't write what l feel. I loved EJ and miss him greatly.
Paul Cooper
July 6, 2014
I am deeply saddened to have learned of EJ's passing. Sending Prayers and my deepest condolences to Ana Louisa and family. Rest in peace my friend~
Tina Albanese
June 19, 2014
I am Sonya Hunt, Calvin's sister. I remember in San Diego when we all attended EJ's wedding to Monica and I drove EJ's mother and sister back to the hotel. That was alot offun. The hardest part about Calvin's death is we really relied on EJ to makes us laugh and keep Calvin's spirit alive. However, now EJ's gone as well. It is a great loss.
Sonya Hunt
June 4, 2014
Game 1 Stanley Cup tonight , I know you'll be watching ! Love you and miss you brother LGRs :-)
John Corrigan
June 2, 2014
not a day, you are not thougt of.miss u lots.oxox
May 24, 2014
What a beautiful tribute to you - I'm glad I was there to hear stories, see the pics and video and feel the warmth of the dancing that reflected the wonderful man you grew up to be - I feel blessed for those childhood years we shared. RIP
Jamie Granata
May 22, 2014
The most beautiful tribute ever, you are missed and loved. I am so proud of what you did in your life and the memorial was just perfect, I know you were there and I know you were proud too! You are my angel, Rest in Peace Boop. I Love you and miss you so much.
May 20, 2014
My sincere condolences to the surviving family of EJ. Boy do we go a long way back , but I am so Thankful to have shared some real cool moments with EJ in Miami recently , a beautiful geniune person , and a brother that will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace !
Desmond Richardson
May 20, 2014
I have no words that seem adequate enough to embrace this loss, and can only offer my heartfelt sympathy. May blessings of Love & Light surround the hearts of each one touched by this gentle Soul; and may peace be found knowing there is another Angel watching over us. I hold you in my thoughts and prayers and sincerely wish I could be there today for the Memorial service...with Love
Nitanju Bolade Casel
May 16, 2014
We only had a short time every year with EJ, but it was always the best week of the year.
He greeted you with love and left the sme way.
Our thoughts are there with all.
Dan & Laurie
May 15, 2014
Sometimes when EJ visited his daughter in SD, he would pop into our office, on behalf of Alvin Ailey, with a Huge box of donuts! I loved getting that buzz from the reception desk which meant that EJ was here with the goods and a huge hug! We would spend a few minutes catching up, him and his biking adventures! EJ was such a sweet man, he will be missed by me and the Road Rebel Family. Love to EJ's family.
Debbie Greenfield
May 14, 2014
There are no words I can find to adequately express my sadness. My deepest sympathies to EJ's family and the Ailey family---and to all the rest of us, his friends.
Donna J. Flor
May 14, 2014
EJ had a way of making this big city feel small. I wish we had more time with him. His is missed and my sympathies are with his daughter and family.
Jen Yoh Quinones
May 13, 2014
EJ was a larger-than-life advertisement for Show Business, as was his whole family. He loved his job, and appreciated the local crew support for his company. He made you glad to be sweating an Ailey load-in, and anxious to see the results. As a bonus, a Celebrity Chef ... . God bless him.
Tim Buchman
May 12, 2014
I was saddened to hear of your loss but glad to have worked with EJ over the years. You have my condolences in this time.
Kevin Frech
May 5, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with the Eddie's family
Lori Granata
May 4, 2014
Great memory miss you brother your always in my thoughts !!
john corrigan
May 4, 2014
Dear Eddie
I was very saddened to hear the news of your sudden death. Your whole family played such an important part in my childhood. I will cherish the memories I have of us playing basket ball, climbing "The mountain" on 303, sleeping in the backyard , forever, RIP my childhood friend.
Lori Granata
May 3, 2014
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
May 2, 2014
I send my deepest sympathy to EJ's family. I was blessed to meet EJ as an Ailey dancer, and hold dearly my memories of the twinkle in his eyes, his laughter, and loving spirit. EJ always brought such fun backstage to City Center! RIP dear EJ, you will live on in all of our hearts.
April Berry
May 2, 2014
All of us at Zellerbach Hall and IATSE Local 107 send our heartfelt condolences out to the cast and crew and family of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. We Vow to carry on E.J.s Spirit and love for one another forever. God Bless.
Keith Campbell
May 2, 2014
Tragic loss!
William Ferry
May 2, 2014
God's speed!
There's a blessing in the storm. My condolences to the family and friends.
Teresa Brewer
May 2, 2014
Sorry for your lose. Condolences to the family. Sharon young Dildy (GA)
May 2, 2014
Keeping the entire Ailey Family in my thoughts and prayers.
Rebecca Cannan
April 30, 2014
April 30, 2014
miss u more and more each day.. mom says hello. she misses u more the ever.. love reenie and mom.
April 27, 2014
Ailey Gala at the Apollo, New York, 2013 (Left) Me, (Center) Unknown guest, (Right) E.J.
What can I say? It has been exactly one week since I learned of your passing and I am still at a loss for words to express my sorrow. In reading the many tributes posted from your friends and family, I can't think of anyone more deserving of such kind words and sentiment. You have become a dear friend in such a short amount of time. We met at the Fox Theatre during your North American Tour in Atlanta, 2013. Since that time we have chatted on the phone many times, visited each other and even shared a few text messages. A few weeks ago you were in Atlanta during your annual tour and we got to hang out a bit and chat. I will miss us talking, laughing and hearing about your adventures on the road and working with Mr. Ailey. You made my life so much richer with your zest for life. You lived each and every day to its fullest. My goodness, so many people all over the world have been touched by the legacy of Mr. Ailey due to the thousands of performances you made possible in your role with the Ailey organization. You recently sent me a text message. It simply says… “Love you.” Well my friend, I love you more and will miss you greatly. Who would have known you would have been called home so soon. I will cherish the memories. RIP my friend. Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to the Ailey Family.
Melodi, Events Staff, Fox Theatre, Atlanta
April 26, 2014
Eddie - I know we hadn't seen each other in years and had only spoken briefly a couple of years ago, but I always had and will continue to have a special place in my heart for you - I think my first real kiss was with you! We spent lots of hours together growing up on Brookridge Dr in VC and who can forget that dance at Albertus? I feel lucky to have grown up on that block and lived next door to you, your Mom and brother and sisters. Childhood bonds like those can't be broken. I'm not surprised at all to read all these wonderful tributes - I wish I could have seen the great man, Dad, co-worker, etc. you had become, but I have the memories of my childhood times with you that I will cherish forever. RIP and my deepest sympathies to your daughter and family. Love, Jamie
Jamie Granata
April 25, 2014
To our good friends at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the family and friends of E.J. Corrigan - Please know our hearts are with you as you come together to celebrate E.J. Thousands of performances were made possible by E.J., and the world is a better place for having experienced them. Your friends at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
April 25, 2014
The annual Ailey tour to Chicago will never be the same without you. Thank you for so many special moments, memories and laughs. Your Chicago Auditorium Theatre family will miss you terribly, but will keep you in our hearts forever.
Judie Green
April 24, 2014
We worked together on an Ailey tour in the UK, it was a real pleasure working with and spending time with EJ - and what a cook. A huge loss, a consummate professional and a massive character.
David Evans
April 23, 2014
I remember meeting EJ years ago with Calvin Hunt. Then attending his wedding in San Diego and have know him throughout the years thru Ailey. He was always so much fun to be around. Hearing his joy of being a father, Backstage shenanigans, the big BBQ in Berkeley, listening to his travel adventures... He will be truly missed but not forgotten. RIP. The Butlers.
Robyn Butler
April 23, 2014
Dear EJ, Thanks so much for keeping such a wonderful smile and showing love to all of us in the Ailey family! You will be sorely missed!!!! RIP my friend and tell Alvin, & Calvin keeping shining!!!!!
Kim Brown
April 22, 2014
EJ, thanks for your bright spirit and ever-friendly hospitality as we visited backstage. I loved being called "Mom" (short for mom-in-law of Calvin Hunt.) Peace and love,
Elizabeth Pomeroy
April 21, 2014
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of E.J. You will be missed E.J. Much love to you, your family and beautiful daughter Ana.
cheryl Gaskins
April 20, 2014
Happy Easter Boop. We did our
best! We miss you sooo much!
April 18, 2014
Thank you, Boopie for loving me. When I was a little girl we were sitting at the kitchen table and you told me never to hate anyone. You looked on the bright side of all things and encouraged others to do the same. When you found out I couldn't ride a bike (w/o training wheels) you said let's go and took me into the court and within minutes I was riding a bike free as a bird. Spending more time with you over the past few years was precious. I love you forever. Life is eternal. xo
Carrie Corrigan
April 17, 2014
My son,The love of my life.Words can not express how i feel right now,lost is a good start. Why did you have to go away so soon.THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE HERE FOREVER.U will be missed and in my heart,until we meet again.LOOK DOWN ON ME.. How i feel is between you, me, and god. Thank u for being my son.I LOVE U
mom (pat)
April 17, 2014
Avue Hellew! Uncle Boop, I am still at a complete loss for words. I am on the phone with Mom as I write this and she says "Hey Boop!". I feel so blessed to call you my Uncle, and even more bless to have had the great time we shared together. You are certainly one of a kind, a breed all your own and that will surely be the legacy that lives on forever. I will never stop telling those famous Boopie tales to people I meet, who won't ever have the distinct privilege to meet you. I just really wish I could have had one more hug, one more sloppy kiss. I got to be there to spread your ashes with Ana, Mom and Aunt Monica, at the beach right by my house so everyday I get to see you. I hope you and Calvin are having some laughs up there and I hope you save us all a seat cause hey, the show must go on right? I love you to the moon and back...

I'll see you again Uncle Boop...this side or the other <3
Yonnie Moo
April 16, 2014
Eddie, you were loved by many and will be missed by all of us from brookridge....we watched you grow up and become a father and a good man...rest in peace.
maureen and john clune
April 15, 2014
With many thoughts and deepest sympathy, I pray that you find loving comfort and support from God. (2 Cor. 1:3-7)
April 15, 2014
boopie wow cant believe it..u are not here,but will always be in my heart. thank u for the trip, and hours we sent together . not only that day,,,but years gone bye..forever seems like a long time, but WE will meet again..ill bring ur bike.love u and ur smile forever.oxo
April 15, 2014
Boop, I really don't know what to say, 34 years ago JoAnne brought me home to meet her big brother Boopie. There was something so special about the love you had for each other. I can honestly say I have never met anyone like you, not a mean bone anywhere in your body, nothing but love for everyone. Maybe thats why God needed you, he needed another Angel. I just think how much better the world would be if everyone had a little bit of Boopie in them…Ana will always have her Uncle Jay and Aunt Jo. Rest In Peace My Brother, I Love You..
Jason Spanakos
April 14, 2014
In 24 years, I have never met anyone like my Uncle Boop. I have come to realize, in his sudden passing, that they really don't make anyone like him anymore, not that they ever made anyone like that before him either. He was an admirable happy soul, who brought his funky spirit around the world and yet managed to be a constant presence in my life. You were a good man UB and I will love you always. Shine bright and rest easy. xoxoxo
Danielle Spanakos
April 14, 2014
I don't really know what else to say except that I miss you more than I ever thought I could miss anyone. I spread your ashes two weeks ago and right after I got in the car and 4 pink floyd songs played in a row without commercials. I really felt you with me there. I love you more than all the stars in Joshua Tree. Sleep with the Angels, daddy.
Ana Corrigan
April 14, 2014
My Uncle Boop danced to the beat of his own drummer, cooked with his own flavor and invited all along for the ride. I learned from him that if you have the basics and the people you love, you'll do just fine. He was a unique and caring person, and with him gone, the days can't help but to seem a little dull. I love you Uncle Boop - hot plates in France will never be the same xx
Alex Spanakos
April 14, 2014
Words can't express the sadness I felt when I learned of your passing. My Heart aches and doesn't want to believe that it's true. I have so much respect for you as a faithful friend and more importantly an incredible father. I don't think there is a father who loved his daughter more then you loved our precious Ana. I know that you are her Angel now with your wings wrapped around her. Until we meet again my friend you will be missed beyond measure. I love you so much!!
Dawn Clever
April 14, 2014
April 14, 2014
Life is Precious yet unpredictable but God asks of us to do our best every time ! Hope,humility & respect may Eddie RIP with our Saviour Jesus Christ. In Rembrance of our many childhood memories It was the best neighborhood in VC
Karolyn Hill
April 14, 2014
Ej was a man I truly liked. He looked after and loved my son Al. Always gave me so much love whenever I saw him. Someone I truly wanted to be like.
Chip Crawford
April 14, 2014
You will always be in My heart!!!
Charu Vyas
April 13, 2014
EJ, I shall miss not ever hearing your voice again to check on my well being. To know you was to love you, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to do both. You have taken a piece of me with you, but you have left more of you with me. Thank you for caring. Rest well my friend.
Kathleen Rose
April 13, 2014
My sweet first love. Thank you for all we shared throughout our life. You will always be with me. I promise to take care of our beautiful Ana. I mIss you Boop!
Love you forever...
Monica Granados
April 13, 2014
EJ - Thought of you several times recently. Wish I had reached out to find you, say hello. You will be missed.
April 13, 2014
My brother, my friend. I have only great memories of you until March 30, where for some reason your journey took an sudden turn. I do not understand, but I am sure there is a lesson in it. I am grateful for our great relationship and as my big brother you were the best! I will miss you forever and will gain strength every time I remember how lucky I was to have had you in my life. Sleep with the angels Boop. I love You. Joanne
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