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Thomas J. "Cowboy" Colleran

Colleran, Thomas J. "Cowboy", 65, passed away too suddenly on June 11, 2006. Beloved husband of Kathleen (Scanlon); loving father of Kathleen O'Shea, Thomas (Lori) Colleran, Martin (Cecelia) Colleran, Margaret (Michael) Jiminez; adored "Papa" of Brian, Billy, Nicky, Kelly, Kerri, Martin, Erin, Peter and Aidan. Tom, a truly legendary N.Y.P.D. detective, will be remembered as one of New York's finest street cops, serving in the 25th Pct. For 14 years, and the 84 Pct. Detective Squad until retirement. An avid John Wayne fan, he took great pride in his Irish heritage, his public service as a police officer, and his family and friends. Upon retirement, Tom relocated to Highland Beach, FL with his wife Kathy, where he continued his avocation as a fisherman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a member of the Retired Detectives of New York, the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Police Association, the D.E.A. of the NYPD, the NYPD Emerald Society, the Broward County 10-13 Club, the Pompano Elks Lodge #1898. and HAGS Dixieland Jazz Society. A devout communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Old Roman Catholic Church, Tom served as an usher at Sunday Mass. Renowned for his NYPD "cop stories", Tom had a heart of gold to all! "Who loves ya baby?" Friends may call from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Wednesday, June 14 at Babione Funeral Home (East Chapel). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 15 at the Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at the Boca Raton Mausoleum. In Lieu of flowers, Tom would appreciate donations to either the Our Lady of the Rosary Old Roman Catholic Church Building Fund, the John Wayne Cancer Fund, or your local veteran's organization. Babione Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 561-395-8787.
Published in Sun-Sentinel from June 13 to June 14, 2006
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