Rest in Peace Con Madigan, A True Gentleman

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August 21, 2015 by Minuteman Trucks

Con MadiganWe are saddened to say that Con Madigan of the Minuteman Fire & Rescue Apparatus sales team passed away on Tuesday August 18. Our deepest condolences go out the family and friends of Con.

“Con was not only a great friend to us all but a true gentleman.” – Jeff Fournier, President MFRA

The true gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self‑control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe. — John Wayland


Whitinsville— Cornelius “Con” J. Madigan, 83, passed away on Tues. Aug. 18 in St. Camillus Health Center after an illness.  He is survived by his wife of 36 years Dorothy P. (Vermette) Madigan; a son Gerald Violette and his wife Jodi Harvey-Violette of Westerly, RI; a daughter Tammy Berkowicz of FL; A sister Margaret Wheeler of Webster; a brother James E Madigan and his wife Lillian of Uxbridge; 2 brothers-in-law Roger Vermette and Ronald Vermette; his aunt Agnes M. Tullis of Oahu, HI; 3 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by 3 brothers, John Madigan, Daniel Madigan and William Madigan.  Born in Whitinsville, MA on April 22, 1932 he was the son of Cornelius P. and Margaret (Murphy) Madigan and lived in Whitinsville all of his life.

He worked as the Northbridge Fire Chief for 33 years retiring in 1996.  Con was a passionate fire fighter and even in his retirement he sold fire trucks for Minuteman Trucks for 16 years.  He was a member of the Fire Chief Assoc., the Blackstone Valley Forest Fire Assoc., and the Knights of Columbus. The family would like to thank his Oncologist Dr. Naeem Tahir, his nurse Janet Rogers, and all the staff at Dana Farber and St. Camillus for their kind, compassionate care given to Con.

His funeral will be held from Jackman Funeral Home, 12 Spring St., Whitinsville on Sat. Aug. 22 with a Mass at 1 p.m. in St. Peter’s Church, 39 Church Ave., Northbridge.  Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Fri. Aug. 21 from 4-8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Con’s memory may be made to Cancer Care @ Milford Regional Medical Center, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA  01757.  To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit


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