Resolution J330-2013

Mourning the death of Clifford C. Colgan, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Feb 5, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Clifford C. Colgan, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York  whose  lifework  and  civic  endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Clifford  C. Colgan of Binghamton, New York, died on Monday,
July 9, 2012, at the age of 59; and
  WHEREAS, Clifford C. Colgan distinguished himself  in  his  profession
and  by  his  sincere  dedication  and  substantial  contribution to the
welfare of his community; and
  WHEREAS, In 1971, Clifford C. Colgan began his career as  a  volunteer
firefighter  and emergency medical technician for the Whitney Point Fire
Department; and
  WHEREAS, He continued his education, receiving  numerous  degrees  and
certificates   of   achievement  from  Broome  Community  College  (Fire
Protection Technology, 1980), New York State  Fire  Academy  at  Montour
Falls,  the  New York City Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy at
Emmitsburg, Maryland; and
  WHEREAS, Clifford C. Colgan  was  appointed  to  the  Binghamton  Fire
Department in 1977, retiring as Department Chief in 2007; and
  WHEREAS,  Chief  Clifford  C.  Colgan's  many accomplishments included
serving as a core participant in the development of the Binghamton  Fire
Department  Emergency  Medical  Services  program in 1981 and, as Chief,
securing Department of Homeland Security Grants for  equipment  upgrades
and fire department services advancement; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  Chief  Clifford  C. Colgan's luminous leadership, the
department saw improved collaboration with other municipal fire  depart-
ments,  as well as numerous upgrades and the expansion of the Binghamton
Fire Training Center, one of the only training centers  in  the  region;
  WHEREAS,  This  remarkable  man was the recipient of seven Meritorious
Service Awards, EMT of the Year in 1987 and Broome County Firefighter of
the Year in 1986 for having made a life saving rescue; and
  WHEREAS, Clifford C. Colgan's professional affiliations  included  New
York  State  Career  Chiefs  Association and Association of Fire Chiefs,
Broome County Fire Advisory Board, Fire  Chiefs  Association  and  Local
Emergency Planning Committee; and
  WHEREAS, Clifford C. Colgan's commitment to excellence, and his spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  He  served  as  a Broome County Arson investigator and was a
member of the International Association of Arson Investigators; he was a
member of the Chenango Bridge Fire  Department,  the  Franklin  Township
Volunteer Fire Department, and the Franklin Township Lion's Club; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1980, Clifford C. Colgan established and operated Colgan
Chimney Services until retiring in 2011; and
  WHEREAS, Predeceased by his father, Charles Colgan, Clifford C. Colgan
is survived by his wife of 38 years, Nadine; daughter, Courtney  (Chris-
topher)  Ford;  and  grandson, Cole Francis Ford; surviving him also are
his mother, Iva Colgan; sister, Nancy Spisak and  her  children,  Heidi,
Eric  and  Cory  Spisak;  sisters-in-law,  Carol  Ann  Zurenda,  Darlene
(Edward) Sneddon; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Clifford  C.  Colgan leaves behind a legacy which will long

endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Clifford C. Colgan, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Clifford C. Colgan.


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