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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

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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