Neil Gilligan

Neil Gilligan

Monday, July 5th, 1943 - Sunday, April 14th, 2019
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Neil Gilligan, 75, of Greenbriar I, Brick, NJ and Windmill Village, Davenport, FL passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the South Lake Hospital in Clermont, FL. Mr. Gilligan retired in 1990 as Sergeant 1st Class of New Jersey State Police, Badge # 2017, Trenton. He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1961-1963. He was a former member of the Troopers Association, West Trenton, past commander of the Manasquan VFW Post #1838, member of the Point Pleasant Elks #1698, member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh in Belmar and the Dawn Patrol Golf Group in Wall. He was a communicant of St. Martha’s RC Church in Point Pleasant. Neil was a proud American and had the greatest love for God and country. He enjoyed golfing and swimming at the Greenbriar I and Windmill Village pools and quite often was referred to as a “baked potato” by his wife, Kathy while lying out in the sun. In the neighborhood, Neil was known as the man who sat in his garage because he always could be found there working on a project or picking someone up who had fallen during a stroll around the community.

Predeceased by his parents, John J. Sr. and Valeria Gilligan; brother, John J. Gilligan Jr.; nephew, Mickey Gilligan; and niece, Linda Buckowicz. Surviving are his loving wife, Kathy (Aranowicz) Gilligan; son, Michael John Gilligan and his wife, Dawn of Toms River; step sons, Andrew John Aranowicz of Lakewood and Michael John Aranowicz and his wife, Jillian of Brick; grandchildren, Emily and Ian Gilligan; nieces, Kim Mohr and her husband, Art and their son, Dan of Spotswood; niece, Dawn Kovacs of New Jersey; and cousin, Mary Ann Huff of Pennsylvania. He also leaves his pal, Joe Filos of Neptune and many other brothers from the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh and former Troopers Association.

Visiting will be on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Martha’s RC Church, Point Pleasant. Burial and military honors will be conducted 1 p.m. at the Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown.

Donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warriors Project.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
    505 Burnt Tavern Road Extension
    BRICK, NJ 08724
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Brick
    505 Burnt Tavern Road Extension
    BRICK, NJ 08724
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    St. Martha's Church
    3800 Herbertsville Road
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    The family will gather in the funeral home at 945am before Mass
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  • Interment

    NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery-Arneytown
    350 Provinceline Road
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    Committal and military services will be conducted at 1pm in the cemetery's new outside shelter.


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Tony Anzivino

Posted at 10:31pm
Neil, you are taken from us far to soon. You and Sonny DeLuca were two of my closest pals after I moved to Avenel from Elizabeth during July 1959. We attended Woodbridge HIgh School together, graduating during June 1961. We partied at the Hawaiian Room in New York City after the Sr. Prom May 1961. I started drinking a drink called the "BEEG WON" there at the prom (7-kinds of rum, etc.). I got one down and was on the 2nd when they got me (very ill). You got a very sick pal to your car as I could barely walk. My prom date (Ermellene Coppola) of Port Reading had no date during the balance of that evening :(. You drove me home in your white 1967 Plymouth as I would later come to learn. I believe I slept for 2-3 days after that. Following graduation, we all joined the military. You joined the Army, Sonny joined the Navy and I joined the Marines. Sonny got out first and joined the State Police. You got out and joined the state police in 1965. I didn't get released from active duty until June 1965. Too short at 5'-8", I was refused entry into the SP Academy, soooo, I went back into the Marines and ended up going to Vietnam.

My 2-best buddies and I never crossed paths again to this day! So until we all meet again, rest peacefully and God Bless you always. Tony Anzivino, Hazlet, NJ

SGT Gerry McGrath 9618 NJSP

Posted at 03:11pm
Gone but not forgotten old friend
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Julie Aranowicz

Posted at 01:20pm
So sorry to hear the passing of a great man. He will be missed. Especially his sense of humor and great stories!

Babe Coyle

Posted at 12:41pm
RIP Neil. Great friend and a great "Shillelagh". He will be deeply missed.

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