James Patrick Gilligan
James Patrick Gilligan
  • August 10, 1929 - August 21, 2017
  • Charlottesville, Virginia

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James (Jim) Gilligan passed away on August 21,2017, at the Charlottesville home of his daughter, surrounded in love by the family that adored him.

He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to the late James P. Gilligan and Mary Huot. He was preceded in death by one sister, Eleanor, and 11months ago by his wife, Theresa.

After marrying “Terry”, Jim enlisted in the Army and served with distinction in Korea. They later moved to East Meadow, New York where he started his 27-year career with the Long Island Railroad as an auditor. After his retirement, he and Terry moved to Sag Harbor where they enjoyed their life by the sound as well as their summers in Bolton Landing, Lake George. They always dreamed of the rolling hills of Virginia and for the past 15 years resided at Lake Monticello so as to be closer to their children.

At the lake, they made wonderful friends. Jim loved his days playing golf with the Grey Foxes, albeit not well according to him, weekly poker with his “buddies “and calling Bingo at the Lake Monticello Firehouse.

Jim was part of that generation that stayed true to his values of personal responsibility, duty, honor and faith. While he honored God by achieving Grand Knight status in the Knights of Columbus (NY), he considered his family, his greatest achievement.

He and Terry visited places on their bucket list and he enjoyed his vices which included lottery tickets, gardening, good cigars and a pint of Guinness. Jim had a great sense of humor along with a welcoming personality which was present despite his declining health.

Losing Terry on their 66 years wedding anniversary and the advancement of his Alzheimer’s disease, his zest for life diminished. He is survived by his daughter, Doreen Schuett and her husband, Rob; daughter Karen Cailteux; his three grandchildren, Ryan Elizabeth Baird and husband, Todd, Scott Schuett, and Michael Cailteux; great granddaughter, Olivia Malley Baird; a loving nephew in New Jersey and nieces in California and New Jersey.

Many thanks go to his medical team over the years, Dr’s. Paige Nolte, Timothy Williams, Robert Adams and Bonnie Straka. Our family would like to particularly thank, Anita Lewis, CNA for her attentive, loving care particularly in his final days, as well as the nursing staff of the Hospice of the Piedmont.

A mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s and Paul Catholic Church in Palmyra, VA for both Terry and Jim at 11:00, Saturday, September 16th with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall.