MERRITT ISLAND, FLA. – James Q. Holigan of Merritt Island, Fla., passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at the Courtenay Springs Rehab Center after a short illness.
Born on January 11, 1926, in East Berlin, Conn., to James P. and Dorothy (Correll) Holigan, he was preceded in death by his younger brother Donald. Jim was the beloved husband for 73 years to his high school sweetheart, Jean (Boardman) Holigan. He served his country in the Navy in both World War II and the Korean War. A respected educator, he started as a teacher and went on to become superintendent for two CT school systems (Watertown and Region #7). One of his favorite positions during his lengthy career was that of principal of Norton Elementary School in Cheshire, where for several years he led and cared for the students and staff in his firm, compassionate way.
Jim and Jean were longtime residents of Cheshire and Old Saybrook, Conn., and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., before moving recently to Merritt Island. Together they raised six children: Ann Fazi, Joan Johnson, David Holigan, Nancy Robinson, Phillip Holigan, and Alice Fugger. His growing family also included his children’s spouses, 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, all whom he loved dearly.
He led by example and his keen intelligence, high moral character, humor, ability to fix anything , kindness and the respect he showed others served as a compass to guide his large family in their own lives. His presence will be missed but the lessons he taught never forgotten.
A private memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org.