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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 Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


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