January 4, 2013

Robert J. Harrigan

MALONE — Robert J. Harrigan, 64, formerly of Ellenburg died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone, N.Y. Born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on Aug. 18, 1948, he was the son of Joseph and Mary (McManus) Harrigan.

Mr. Harrigan graduated from Ellenburg Central School. He received his bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and his master's degree from SUNY Potsdam. He taught English for a year in Deposit, N.Y., before returning to Malone to begin his 32 year career of teaching at Franklin Academy, retiring in June 2003. He also owned and operated Irish Knoll Farm. He was a member of Hill 19 Hunting Club and the Elks Lodge #1303, Malone. He was a 4-H member at the age of 10 and continued to be active, becoming a leader in later years. He also helped his students with judging and showing cattle, which he enjoyed in his youth. Bob enjoyed coaching basketball for several years.

Mr. Harrigan is survived by his mother of Chateaugay; a daughter, Kelly Harrigan of Washington D.C.; a granddaughter, Emma MuDan Harrigan Campbell; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Tanie Harrigan of Malone; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Christine and Paul Boyea of Chateaugay, Nancy Harrigan of Philadelphia, Pa., Susan and Francis LaBarge of Hickory, N.C., Maureen and Rob Shields of Glen Head, N.Y., Jackie and Jeff Gregory of Altamont, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Harrigan, and his brother, Timothy Harrigan.

Calling hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at the Chateaugay Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 in St. Patrick's Church, in Chateaugay, with Rev. John Looby officiating. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Chateaugay.

Donations in his memory may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Jimmy Fund at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute or the Boston Foundation for Sight. A scholarship in Roberts name will be set up through the Malone Central School District, Malone, NY 12953. Online condolences may be offered at

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