first_img80, best known as “Judge” Conaghan, passed away at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ on March 27. Pat was born in Jersey City and lived all his life in Bayonne. He was sworn in as Judge of the Municipal Court of Bayonne in June 1996 serving until 2002. He was a graduate of St. Mary Star of the Sea Grammar School in 1951, St. Peter’s Prep in 1955, St. Peter’s College in 1962 and Seton Hall University Law School in 1965. While he was in law school, he served as judicial clerk for the Honorable David A. Nimmo, Superior Court Judge in Hudson County. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1965. At the beginning of his long legal career, he was a part of organizing the first Hudson County Public Defenders program as a Deputy Public Defender. He also served as an assistant counsel for the County and Prosecutor for the City of Bayonne. Pat was a long-time member of the Bayonne Chapter of Unico National, a charitable organization. The Chapter recognized him at its Awards Reception held March 24 presenting him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat was the President of the Bayonne Board of Education immediately before he became a Judge and recently served again as a member of the Board. In his professional life, he was counsel to the First Savings Bank of New Jersey and served on its Board of Directors, as well as on the Board of Pamrapo Savings Bank. He was also a member of the Spring Lake Golf Club, serving on its Board of Trustees and as President from 2001 to 2002. He was also active in the Bayonne Democratic Club, the New Frontier Democratic Club, Bayonne Mental Health, Irelands ’32, the Jack Foye Association, and the Donald Ahearn Association. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the Mount Carmel Guild and on the Board of the Directors of the YMCA, the Bayonne Police Athletic League, the United Way of Hudson County, the Bayonne Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Bayonne Kiwanis Club, serving as its President in 1980. He was a member of the Hudson County and New Jersey Bar Associations. He was a husband and father to his three children and a role model for his five grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Tonita Sando Conaghan, three children Susan McCusker and her husband William, Robert and his wife Elizabeth and Megan Conaghan and five grandchildren, Patrick, Megan and Brigid McCusker and Brian and Caitlin Conaghan. He also leaves his sisters Alice Luchino, Sally Kinsella, Anne Cook, Kathleen O’Donnell and Denise Conaghan, brother-in-law Francis Cook, sister-in-law Lore Conaghan, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Patrick and Alice Conaghan (nee: Gibbons), his brother John J. Conaghan and his sister Brigid Breivogel. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Peter’s Prep, Office of Institutional Advancement, 144 Grand Street, Jersey City, N.J. 07302. Funeral arrangements by O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 2028 Rte 35, Wall, NJ.last_img

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