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Colligan relatives thank community for heartfelt show of support

Letter to the editor

— To the editor:

On a sunny and beautiful Sunday afternoon this past September, crowds of people from around the Central New York area came together to celebrate and congratulate local business owner and life-long residents, John and Mary Colligan, on John’s recent retirement from Colligan and Sons Service Center after more than 50 years of dedicated service to the Cazenovia community.

It was an amazing gathering at the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88’s Grange Hall, put together by a host of people including Ron and Joyce McDermott, Sean (Squiggy) and Molly Hagan, Jack and Anne Mott, Denny and Gail Dougherty, Gene Gissin, Bill and Kathy Goldsworthy, John Durfee, Bob and Letty Butterworth, Al and Joan Keilen, the Snow family and many others.

When the gas station first opened in the 1950s, I don’t think my grandfather, Robert (Bob) Colligan, could have ever imagined what this small gas station on the corner of Albany and Farnham Streets has now become.

But I know without a shadow of a doubt that he must be incredibly proud of his son, John, for carrying on the family tradition and for building the business into what it is today.

Looking back over the years, Colligan and Son’s Service Center has seen a lot of things come and go, a lot of people come and go, and has been through a multitude of changes in its time, but the one constant in all that change has been the love, dedication and hard work that was built by Bob and carried on through John.

Together, they welcomed tens of thousands of customers, friends and family through those doors of the gas station, and those who admired my grandfather also came to admire my father in the same way. Anyone could have come in as a stranger, but they would have walked out as a friend!

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