Edward “Red” Corrigan was born in Patchogue, New York, on June 5, 1937, to Martha and Edward Corrigan. After graduation from Patchogue High School, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper.
Red was an active member of the North Patchogue Fire Department for 53 years at the time of his passing. Over the course of his fire service, he attained the rank of lieutenant of the fire police, captain of the department, and was posthumously awarded the rank of honorary chief.
Red was part of the Patchogue Fire Department racing team, the Forty Thieves. He later served as an official for local and state fire department tournaments.
Red was the president of the Brookhaven Town Volunteer Firefighters Museum for many years. During his tenure, the museum expanded greatly with the addition of acquired fire trucks and memorabilia.
His love of being a firefighter included being the head mechanic at the Holtsville Fire Department, where he made sure all the equipment was in top condition.
His public service was not limited to the fire department. He served in the Brookhaven Town Code Enforcement, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant and served for several decades. He also served for a time with the Suffolk County Police Department as a provisional police officer.
His private life was just as important, as he was a trustee at the First Baptist Church of Patchogue. He was also part of the sound team. He and his wife, Nancy, served together weekly in the Awana children’s program.
Red was a loving family man, leaving behind his wife of nearly 60 years, Nancy, as well as a daughter, Donna (and husband, Mike). Red was predeceased by his daughter, Laura, four years earlier. Red loved his four grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Melissa, and Erick, as well as his six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He found time for several hobbies that he really enjoyed, including photography—he took his camera wherever he went. Red loved to color pictures, which he gave to everyone. Mostly, they were encouraging Bible verses. He loved trains and had built his own layout. He also had a love for NASCAR and had the opportunity to go to several races.
Edward “Red” Corrigan died in the line of duty on February 26, 2021, and will be missed greatly and remembered by all who knew him.