October 4, 1948 ~ October 29, 2019

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece, NY

John D. Gilligan “Jack”
Greece: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at age 71. Predeceased by his parents, Paul and Florence Gilligan; sister-in-law, Belinda Gilligan. Survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Gilligan; his children, Ann (Jason) Maruca, Colleen Gilligan, Mike (Heather) Gilligan, Becky (Matt) Meritt, Katie (Kenny) Hobbins; his grandchildren, Riley and Connor Gilligan, Jackson and Lincoln Maruca, Colin and Charlie Meritt; his siblings, Margaret (John) Doell, Joan Richardson, Tim Gilligan, Kevin (Mary) Gilligan, Nancy Gilligan; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Friends may call Thursday (Oct 31st) 4-7 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday (Nov 1st) 10:15 AM at St. John the Evangelist Church, Greece. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make contributions to Alzheimer’s Association in his memory. For more information or to sign Jack’s online guestbook, please visit
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Visitation: Thursday October 31, 2019 04:00 PM - Thursday October 31, 2019 07:00 PM

Vay-Schleich & Meeson - Greece Chapel
1075 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Service: Friday November 1, 2019 10:15 AM - Friday November 1, 2019 10:15 AM

St. John the Evangelist Church - Greece
2400 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY 14626

Burial: Friday November 1, 2019 12:00 AM - Friday November 1, 2019 12:00 AM

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in John D. Gilligan 's name.

Alzheimer's Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Region

435 East Henrietta Road Rochester, NY 14620


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  1. We’ve been neighbors for decades and will really miss Jack. Our deepest condolences to Mary and all the children.

  2. Jack, I married into the family, but you made me a part of it and welcomed me with open arms. I know you are in a better place smiling down at Mary and the kids. Rest In Peace my friend, I love you and miss you.

  3. Mary, we are so very sorry to hear about Jack. Many happy memories of the early years and Kodak life together. We will always remember the day you guys married. Prayers & Hugs to you and your family. Sincerely, John & Chris Coene

  4. Mary and family,
    I am very sorry to hear the passing of Jack. My heart and prayers are with you all during this hard time. He was a great man and he will always be missed by so many.

  5. Mary and Family, We will always be grateful for Jack’s time with us at Window Flair. He was such a kind and genuinely good man. We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  6. Mary,

    Tory and I are so sorry to hear about Jack.
    I have a lot of great memories of him as a kid. A big part of my childhood was spent playing basketball in his driveway with our group of friends. He’d jump into a game now and then. It was a great time in our lives and he’ll be missed dearly.

  7. I have so many fond memories of my outings with Jack as teenagers and young adults. Linda and I have enjoyed our times with Jack and Mary over these many years. Thank you Jack. Mary, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. I ran into Jack and had a nice / fun conversation with him a few years ago. I hadn’t seen him in over 40yrs. We remembered the many times I spent at the Gilligan home in my teen years. Jack being a bit older than me, I wasn’t sure Jack would remember who I was, but he sure did. He was very funny and engaging and we had some really great laughs re-counting events from long ago. I left that meeting thinking what a great person he is and hoped that I would run into him again. My sincerest condolences to Joanie, Tim, Kevin, Margaret, his immediate family and to all the Gilligan’s.

  9. I was shocked to hear about Jack. We played baseball at Genesee Valley Park, me in left field and him a helluva shortstop. He introduced me to the wonderful, exceptional Gilligan family that became my family but then I abandoned them and moved away. I last saw him at Florence’s home in Greece about 20 years ago. He had a wicked wit (like his dad Paul), think we clashed on Bob Dylan. I send my love to Margaret, Tim, Joan, Kevin and Nancy and to Mary. For years and years you were the centre of my life. from John Wischmeyer

  10. So sorry for your family’s loss. Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. It’s been along time but remember him well ❤

  11. Upon hearing of the loss of Jack, my thought immediately went to you and your family. While it has been many years since our paths have crossed, I recall the love and joy you all had for each other and this love will help heal the pain you must be feeling. Jack had many reasons to be proud, we all should be so fortunate. I loved Jack Gilligan, he was the best.

    God Bless you all.

  12. I am so sad to hear of "Jack’s" passing. I don’t remember a better group leader in my time at Kodak. He was a wonderful man and only wish I could have been to his service! Rest in peace Jack!

  13. With our deepest sympathy
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family
    Mike Kathy and Alisha Ladd

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