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Joseph P. McGonigal, 2002 Grand Marshal

[Tuesday, November 04, 2003] A Mass for Joseph P. McGonigal, 72, of Kearny will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Cecilias Church, Kearny. Arrangements are by the Wilfred Armitage Funeral Home, Kearny.

Mr. McGonigal, who died Sunday at home, owned Sean McGonigal Signs in Kearny for many years.

An Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Wilson Gugelman Post 1302 Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Joseph E. Frobisher Post 99 American Legion and Amvets, all of Kearny.

A bagpipe player for more than 60 years, he was an instructor at the College of Piping in New York City and Pipe Major Emeritus of St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band in Kearny.

Mr. McGonigal was a founding member of the Brian Boru War Pipe Band, Newark, St. Brendan the Navigator Pipe Band and the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Juvenile Pipe Band, both of Kearny.

He was also a member of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club Association, the Scottish American Athletic Club and the St. Cecilias Knights of Columbus, as well as St. Cecilias Holy Name Society, all of Kearny.

Mr. McGonigal sponsored the McGonigal Signs Keltic Kickers Soccer Team and was a member of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club Association, both of Kearny. He was a member of the New Jersey Police Benevolent Association, the National Rifle Association and the National Right to Life Organization.

Born in Glen Ridge, he lived all his life in Kearny.

Surviving are sons, Joseph, Michael, Kevin and Sean; daughters, Patricia Murphy, Maura DesLonde and Deirdre Nargiso; sisters, Breda Smyth and Kathleen Ostrander, and 11 grandchildren.

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Thomas P. McKeon

[Friday May 10, 2002] Thomas Peter McKeon, 85, of Kearny died Friday at home. A Mass will be offered at 10:00 am Monday in St. Cecilia's Church, Kearny, after the funeral from the Wilfred Armitage Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny.

Mr. McKeon was a tax preparer for H&R Block in Kearny for 18 years before retiring 2 years ago. Earlier, he was a chemical operator for Immont in Elizabeth for 23 years before retiring in 1982.

A former president of the United Irish Institute of New Jersey and a member of the United Irish of West Hudson, Mr. McKeon was a founding committee member of the annual Irish festival at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel.

He had been named Man of the Year by the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Kearny and gave the organization a Celtic cross from his boyhood town of Boyle, Ireland. The cross is now the centerpiece of the Monsignor Joseph A. Carroll Park along the Passaic river in Kearny.

The 1979 grand marshal of the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade. Mr. McKeon played a key role in reestablishing the Easter parade there. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Senior Citizens, both of Kearny, vice president and secretary of the Daly Association in Harrison and a member of the Giblin, McGovern and John Cryan Associations.

Born in County Roscommon, Ireland, he came to Kearny 50 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Una; a daughter Mary T. Elliott; sons,Hon. Thomas Declan McKeon, municipal court judge in Kearny, and Sean and five grandchildren.