Obituary of Rev. Msgr. Thomas Colgan
Pastor Emeritus of the Parish of Saint Philip Neri, Northport, NY entered eternal life on February 2, 2018. Monsignor was born in Astoria, Queens on December 15, 1923, the fourth of eight children of William and Anna Colgan. He is survived by his sister Jeanne Marie Craig, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Colgan and Katharine Colgan and brother-in-law Donald Driebeek, along with 13 nieces and nephews and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Ordained to the priesthood on June 11, 1949, Monsignor served the church for 69 years. He was given Papal Honors and named an Honorary Prelate with the title of Monsignor on December 10, 2004. After retirement he was tapped by Bishop Murphy as temporary administrator to 12 parishes. He cherished the pastoral responsibilities and relationships he cultivated during this encore performance. Among his many quotable gems, “you have to meet the people where they live,” serves as a simple guide to the Christian life.
The Parishioners of Saint Philip Neri, mourn the loss of their faith-filled Shepherd and friend who served in their midst for 46 years. Friends and Parishioners from previous parishes of St. Raymond’s, Saint Anne’s and his 12 postings remained close in mutual support.
Monsignor Colgan was the oldest living priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre at his death. He is preceded in death his brothers Joseph and Richard lost in World War II, brothers David and Robert, sisters Anna and Theresa.
The wake will take place at The Church of Saint Philip Neri, 344 Main Street, Northport, NY on Wednesday, February 7 from 2-5 PM with the Mass of Transferral celebrated that evening in the Church at 7:30 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of Saint Philip Neri at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 8. Burial will take place at Saint Philip Neri Cemetery following the Funeral Mass. Memorial donations can be made to the Msgr. Thomas J. Colgan Memorial Fund at The Parish of Saint Philip Neri, 15 Prospect Avenue, Northport, NY.