Robert E. "Bob" Ferrigan, 85, of Kingston, NY, passed peacefully Saturday, August 12, 2017 at his residence. He was born January 9, 1932 in Queens, NY, the son of the late Thomas and Blanche (Mitchell) Ferrigan.
Bob was a graduate of Jamaica High School and served in the military for 20 years. First, in the US Air Force during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Sergeant and then in the Army National Guard, 156th Artillery, retiring as a Sergeant First Class (E-7).
Bob was employed by IBM in Kingston for 19 years. He also served as the Town Judge for the Town of Kingston for 18 years. Also, for many years Bob was the Town Republican Party Chairman. He was later employed as District Attorney Investigator for 20 years, working for DA Francis J. Vogt and DA Michael Kavanaugh, and finally retiring in 1991.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #275, Kingston, was also a 4th Degree Knight and served in the Color Corps. Bob was a lifetime member of the Sawkill Fire Company and has served as a Fire Commissioner. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and was President of the Local Chapter of Blue Knights International Motorcycle Club - an international police motorcycle club, and served on the Board of Directors for many years. He was a car enthusiast and was a member of the 1st Capital Corvette Club and the Red Hook Classic Car Club. He was also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Division I. Bob enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anne M. Ferrigan of Kingston, his children, Robert and his wife Elaine of Kingston, Kathy and her husband Mark Eggers of Saratoga, and Kevin and his wife Terri of Baldwinsville, his nieces, Dr. Arleen Multhauf and her husband Jim, Karen Cuccurullo and her husband John, and Joanne Barnhardt and her husband Dave, 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Bob was predeceased by a son, Brian J. Ferrigan, his brothers, Raymond and Vincent Ferrigan, and sister Blanche Mackie.
Donations can be made in Bob's name to the Sawkill Fire Company, 896 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY 12401.
Entrusted to the care of the Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston. The family will receive their friends on Tuesday from 2 -4 & 7 - 9 pm. On Wednesday at 9a.m, the procession will form at the funeral home, at 10a.m. a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's RC Church, Sawkill.
Burial to follow at St. Ann's Cemetery, with military honors provided by Joyce Schirick Post # 1386 VFW.
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Anne, Robbie, Elaine and all the Ferrigan Family,
Having known Bob for over 40 years I will say that He was a man to be admired and led a life that all could strive to follow. What can you say about someone who literally hit all the buttons in his life? He wore so many hats and had a lot of titles. I know he wore his Hubby, Dad and Grandpa hats the proudest. I will miss him very much. He probably has heaven straightened out already.
We will all miss Bobs smile and jokes. He never let his medical things change his warm and friendly personality. I will always remember camping with your guys when I was a kid, it is one of my fondest memories along with the calm bakes in our back yard. You were all great parents and set an excellent example. He will be sorely missed!
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