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John "Jack" Deegan

May 23, 1925 — February 3, 2021

John ("Jack") H. Deegan, 95, of Kingston, NY passed away on February 3, 2021. Jack was born in Kingston on May 23, 1925, son of Joseph F. and Elsie L. Heimlicher Deegan of Kingston, and the husband of the late Florence ("Corky") E. Deegan. They were married in Youngstown, Ohio on April 15, 1950. Corky passed away on Wednesday April 22, 2020 - having just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Jack was the father of four children: Dr. Kathryn Cook-Deegan and her husband Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan of Accokeek, MD; Dr. Matthew P. Deegan and his wife Mirela Predoi Deegan of Costabissara, Italy; Constance M. Deegan of Elizabethton, TN; and Joseph J. Deegan and his wife Patricia of Red Hook, NY. He was grandfather to seven grandchildren: Patrick Cook-Deegan (Samantha Feinberg), Bend, OR; Maeve Cook-Deegan, Berlin, Germany; Angelica Deegan, Costabissara, Italy; Hartney Deegan, O'Fallon, IL; John Deegan, Boston, MA; Olivia and Rachel Deegan, Red Hook, NY. Jack was the second of four children: Joseph F. Deegan (predeceased), Birmingham, AL; Joan E. Lawrence, Ithaca, NY; Dr. Alan E. Deegan, Surprise, AZ.

He attended Local School #5, (Meagher), Myron J. Michael Junior High School and Kingston High School. Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. The Corps assigned him to the University of Rochester Officer Candidate School in 1942. Following this assignment, he was sent to San Diego for field training and then shipped overseas. He served for 26 months during WWII in the South Pacific, Pacific and Chinese Theaters of War, was awarded 3 combat battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation for his participation against enemy forces. Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, he joined IBM. He went on to manage sales offices for Pitney Bowes in Worcester, MA; Denver, CO; White Plains, NY; Bronx, NY.
Returning to Kingston in 1975, he began a second career in real estate. In 1988 he and his son, Joseph, formed a partnership concentrating in commercial development and brokerage. Their partnership has included housing subdivisions, design-build commercial projects, as well as commercial restoration projects in the Mid-Hudson Valley. He retired in 2009.

Entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY, family and friends may visit on Friday, February 5, 2021 from 3pm to 7pm. If you would like to attend, please reserve your space here: Covid-19 protocols, please. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's RC Church, 242 Wall Street, Kingston, NY, on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10am. Burial will follow in Hurley Cemetery, 69-91 Zandhoek Road, Hurley, NY.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge Inc. at or St. Joseph's RC Church, 242 Wall Street, Kingston, NY, 12401. To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit

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