John P. "Duke" Degnan


John P. Degnan (Duke),   of Warwick, passed away on May 14, 2017 at his home.  He was 58 years old.

Born on December 7, 1958 in Huntington, NY, he was the son of Charles Degnan and Catherine (Frances) Cryan Degnan.

A graduate of Warwick Valley High School, John worked for the Department of Public Works in Warwick.  A member of St. Stephen RC Church, he was a 4th degree Knight with Knights of Columbus #2079 in Monroe, and he volunteered with many charities.  John was known for his enormous heart, compassion and selfless generosity toward others. 

He is survived by his parents, Charles and Frances Degnan of Warwick;   his brothers:  Andrew Degnan and his wife Dolly of Warwick, Peter Degnan of Warwick, and James  Degnan and his wife Maureen of Warwick; and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Raymond in 1964.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 18th, from 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick.  Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am on Friday at St. Stephen RC Church, followed by interment in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.

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John and I were classmates at Warwick High and graduated together in 1978 and then we lost touch for many years until about 10 years ago when John was working for the Town and helped my family with loads of dirt from the annual ditch clean outs after winter. John was always a kind caring man and I will miss the monthly diner meetings since relocating back to the Orange County area. God bless and keep the Degnan family in His care !!
Doug Fletcher
My deepest condolences too you, John stayed in touch by phone and a visit over these many years. I will offer pvt. Mass for him.
Fr. Carl Johnson
Thank you John for being an amazing uncle to our children. You always had a special place in your heart for your nieces and nephews.
Thank you John for being an amazing uncle to our children. You always had a special place in your heart for your nieces and nephews.
I cannot think of anyone with a bigger heart and more compassion than John. He spoke fondly and often about a lot of things, most notably his family, especially his nieces and nephews. A tremendous light is out here on earth, but Heaven is that much brighter today. Much love to Aunt Frances, Uncle Charlie and my cousins. RIP John.
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