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“Joe Ghegan made so much difference for me. When I was a junior at Columbia he was great with our advanced science class, then he helped me prep for...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Dr. Marian Stager Bursten MD, PHD - TX

“Sending warm thoughts to Mr. Ghegan's entire family. He was most certainly one of my favorite teachers at Columbia HS, and some 30 (GASP!) years...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Karla Dudzik Tombaugh - Oradell, NJ

“Just this past week, Mr Ghegan has been on my mind. Then a friend emaied me his obituary. It saddened me deeply. "Better living through Chemistry"...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Ann Pizzolato - Humble, TX

“It was his spririt and energy that set him apart from others. When he spoke to you, he had meaning and purpose. He was always kind, he always...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Rott - maplewood, NJ

“I had Mr. Ghegan in 1974 and Mr. Ghegan was the best teacher I ever had. I breezed through my first year of college chemistry because of Mr. Ghegan....Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Gary Green, MD - Malibu, CA

“Barbara, Most sincere condolences on Joe's passing. He was a great teacher with a sense of humor and dedication to his profession. Joe was the one...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Roger Woodhour - Woodcliff Lake, NJ

“A teacher a coworker and a friend. You will be remembered by all the lives you touched. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Sandra Facciponti - East Hanover, NJ

“Please accept my most sincere condolances on the passing of a man whom I admired immensely. He was the best teacher I ever had, and inspired me in...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Olesnicky - Florham Park, NJ

“Our eternal gratitude and love go with this treasure of a man. Our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Ghegan Family for their unfathomable loss. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Ellen & Genevieve - Madison, WI

“Dear Barbara, Helen and Betty, I was so sorry to read about Joe's passing. It just seems like yesterday that he was teaching us chemistry at Walsh...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Joan Mury - La Paz

“We are both so sorry for your Loss. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Diana and Lauren Kloza - NJ

“When I look back on the things in my life I am most proud of, being selected by Joe Ghegan as his Lab Aide senior year ('75-'76) ranks high on my...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Thomas W. Hoens - South Orange, NJ

“One of the best baseball coaches I had growing up. Firm, but fair. A true gentleman. Always had a friendly smile and hello. He will be missed here,...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Joe Zavesky - Maplewood, NJ


Joseph T. Ghegan, 74, of Maplewood, N.J., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at Morrow Memorial Church, 600 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood, on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m. Interment is private. Visitation will be held at The Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, 2122 Millburn Ave., Maplewood, on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information or to send condolences, please visit jacobhollefuneralhome.com Born in Newark, N.J., Mr. Ghegan lived in Maplewood for 42 years. He received a B.S. in chemistry and a Master's in chemistry education, both from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Ghegan served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964. He was a high school chemistry teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood from 1964 to 2000. He then taught chemistry at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston from 2000 to 2010 when he retired. He was the beloved husband of Barbara Lawrie Ghegan; devoted father of Mary Beth and Michael Ghegan; loving grandfather of Jessica Ghegan, and dear brother of Helen Proud and Liz Loftus. In lieu of flowers, donations to Columbia High School Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 315, Maplewood, N.J. 07040 would be appreciated.

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