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Obituary: Eugene Dugan

Eugene Joseph Dugan, 91, an active mebmer of the American Legion No. 144 and VFW No. 1688 in Williston Park, passed away on Jan. 24 at his home in Reno, Nev. Dugan was born Aug. 31, 1922 in Flushing, New York to John and Margaret (Rooney) Dugan, immigrants from Ireland.

 

He was the last of 13 children, and was orphaned at the age of 2, and raised by his Aunt Jane Hughes and Aunt Rose Duffy (his mother’s sisters). As a young boy, Dugan was a golf caddy like most of his siblings at Deep Dale Golf Course. During his teenage years, he developed skills and worked on projects in the C.C. Camp in the State of Oregon. 

 

Dugan served in the U. S. Coast Guard during WWII as a combat veteran. He retired from Western Electric Telephone Co. in Manhattan as a supervisor installer after over 40 years of dedicated work.  

 

He enjoyed traveling with his wife, family and friends, and was a wonderful story teller of his family history. He was an active member of the Coast Guard Combat Veteran’s Association.

 

Dugan and his wife Joanna retired to Boynton Beach, Fla.  Eugene moved to Reno three years ago to live with his daughter. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of almost 50 years in 1998, and is survived by his children; Eugene J. Dugan, Jr. and his partner Jay Brause of the U.K., Jeffery J. Dugan, Sr. and his wife Anita of Connecticut, and Donna Hawkins and her husband Frank of Nevada, as well as six grandchildren; Frank, Jeffery, Jr., Thomas, Kelsey, Ryan and Patrick and five great-grandchildren; Frank,

Lillian, Joseph, Lucas and Alexandra.

 

Eugene will be laid to rest with his wife at Rosedale Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, N.J.

 

Arrangements are being handled by Walton Funeral Home, Reno, Nev.


News

Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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