Obituary of John Michael Bligh
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John Michael Bligh of East Northport died peacefully at the age of 84 on Saturday, August 28th, surrounded by his loving family.
John was a devoted husband to Elizabeth 'Libby" and loving father to his four daughters, the late Margaret Ann, Lisa (William) Engler, Elizabeth “Beth” (Lawrence) Como and Jeanine (James) LaGrasta. John cherished his 8 grandchildren: John, William, Maggie, Justin, Kate, Derek, Jeanine and MaryKate. He was the beloved Brother of Francis and the late Roger.
His heart was always with his family. John’s oldest child, the late Margaret Ann, had down syndrome and was a light and inspiration to all who knew her. John was active in community affairs and was especially devoted to special education and providing opportunities to special needs children. He worked hard to help build schools, lobby & write bi-laws, volunteer, and serve on numerous boards.
John was born in the Bronx on November 3rd, 1936 to Irish immigrants. He always maintained his Irish wit. John had a tremendous presence and anyone who knew him would agree that his charming smile and gracious kind manner left a lasting impression. He was the epitome of a gentlemen. People looked up to him and tried to emulate all he embodied. He was a man of unwavering faith and was proud to share that faith as a Eucharistic minister.
He attended Fordham University and received his BS degree in Business Administration. John had an impressive professional career in the Aerospace Industry. He was highly respected by those who worked for and with him. He always took the time to mentor others. John retired from BAE Systems in April of 2003. He and wife Libby enjoyed their retirement by traveling and spending time with their family.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially by his loving family.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in John's memory to AHRC Suffolk Foundation or a charity of your choice.