Father John Joseph Maddigan

January 31, 1926 to December 29, 2016


It is with regret and sadness that we announce the passing of Father John Maddigan at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home on December 29, 2016, age 90 years, ordained Priest on June 15, 1957. Predeceased by his parents Catherine Malone and Jack Maddigan; sister Elizabeth Comerford (Stamp); brothers Richard (Barbara), Philip (Christine), Frank (Marian); brother-in-law Jim Hand, and special nephew Robert Comerford. Leaving to mourn his sister Alice Hand, St. John’s; brother Ron (Janet), Stratford, Ontario; devoted niece Judy (Comerford) Newton (Bill); cherished niece-in-law Janet, wife of the late Robert Comerford, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Also leaving to mourn his Brother-Priests of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, the religious members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, Presentation Sisters, Irish Christian Brothers, as well as the parishioners and friends of the various parishes where he ministered, in particular, his ministry in Peru where he served for 25 years. We should not forget the compassion and dedication provided by his co-workers and caregivers at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home where he resided for the past 12 years, as well as, his cherished bridge partners who did all they could to enable him to play.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road with visitation to be held at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home on Friday, December 30th from 2 – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm.  This will be followed by visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 – 5 pm.  Visitation will continue on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.  A Mass of Christian Burial will then be held on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at 11:00 am from the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.  Interment to follow in the Priests Plot at Belvedere Cemetery.  Donations in Father John’s memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Mercy Home.



2-4 p.m. on December 30, 2016

7-9 p.m. on December 30, 2016

St. Patrick's Mercy Home


10:00am, Saturday December 31st

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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Visitation from 10-12 Noon and 2-5 p.m.


9:00am, Monday January 2nd

Basilica of St. John the Baptist

Visitation from 9- 10:30 a.m.


11:00am, Monday January 2nd

Basilica of St. John the Baptist


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I was away from work when Father Maddigan passed away and did not hear of his passing until this past week. I was saddened to hear that one of the kindest, gentlest, people I .had ever met was gone. His legacy will be felt for a long time by anyone who had ever met him. He had so much positive energy, love and compassion, it was almost impossible not to feel good in his presence. I feel blessed to have known him. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

To the Maddigan family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Will miss you Father John. My sincere condolences to the family. Father John was an important part of our team at St Pat’s as well as a special friend. I know that he is gone from us in body but will remain in my heart forever.

I am very sad to her of the passing of my dear old friend . We meet as my Grand father Nix Wadden was a close friend of Fr . Dad . He Was very good to me when I was at the old General Hospital after major surgery . My praayer are with him and his family


I am so sorry to hear of Father John’s passing. He was inspiring to all who met him. His compassion, wisdom and kindness for humanity was something to behold and look up too. It was a blessing to have known Father John and I will miss him. My thoughts are with you during this very sad time.

A wonderful man, and a great bridge player, I will miss seeing him when I would go into St Patrick’s Mercy Home,.
Rest in peace my friend.

I remember Father Maddigan visiting our class when I was at St. Joseph’s school in the east end.

We all loved to to hear his stories.
RIP and God Speed

Padre Juan
May your gentle soul rest in peace.
Annette Boyle and Mary Ennis

Sincere Condolences to the Maddigan Family

so very sorry to hear of Fr. johns passing. From all at st. kevins goulds RIP.

Maddigan family
Deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Fr. John He came to visit my Mom often as she was his parents Servent girl the year he was born My Mom was Margaret Ellen Young. Moores and she passed away three years ago at the age of 108 yrs God Bless you all

I have worked with Father John for many years, in Peru and other parishes and experienced much compassion for all his parishioners. May you now take a good rest with your God.

Sister Betty Morrissey

My deepest condolences to the Maddigan family on the passing of a very kind,compashioned,gentle soul, May you rest in peace Father John, you will be missed at St.Patrick’s Mercy Home.

Judy, Bill and the Maddigan familiy

Remembering the life of someone so special, and sending thoughts of sympathy and peace !

Sincere condolences on the passing of father John!

It has been an honor and a privilege to have known Father John Maddigan for almost thirty years. He has been a treasured Bridge partner of mine for decades, all the while displaying selfless acts of immense caring and kindness toward humanity. Father John, you will be so missed, and may you rest in eternal peace. With great respect and admiration, Pramila and family.

Our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of our dear Father John. He was such a kind and gentle soul and tended to my mother’s every need before she died at St. Lawrence Hospital. I was at the hospital when he arrived by foot in a snow storm to visit her (Theresa Slaney). God Bless you Father John – we think of you often.

We send our sincere condolences to the Maddigan family. Father John was a great source of comfort to both my parents during my Father’s stay at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home. A very sweet, kind man who I’m sure will be missed by the many lives he touched. We feel blessed to have known him.

Deepest sympathy to the Maddigan family. Father John was a devoted priest and his loving and compassionate manner will always be remembered by our family for his many visits to my mother during her illness and death. He always provided such comfort to all of us and is indeed remembered with kindness and love. RIP Dear Father John.

Judy & Family
Thinking of you at this sad time.

Judy & family, sincere sympathy on the death of Fr John. He was a good & well respected priest. He will be greatly missed & lovingly remembered by so many. May God bless you all at this sad time & may Fr John rest in Christ’s peace.

Father John will certainly be missed at St. Patrick’s Mercy Home where he was a kind and welcoming presence to all who lived, worked, or visited there.
He was always pleasant and caring as he went from floor to floor to visit everyone. He treated all with respect and, in turn, he was so well respected and loved.
Rest in Peace, Father John.

Rest in peace Father . I will always remember your kind, unjudmental, jovial outlook , and positive life’s lessons that you showed in everyday living. God speed.

A wonderful priest who served people to his very best ability .Those gone before and left behind owe this fine priest a great debt of service.

His hallmark in life was service to all.

R.I.P faithful servant of God.

Rest in Peace Father John…..God Speed!

my deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the late father John maddigan.
He was the kindest and friendly man. He would have so much joy for a person. He is going to be dearly missed

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Maddigan family at this most difficult time. Rest in peace Father John.

From. John was a kind, gentle man. He was open to all in our community.. and very much loved and appreciated by all. Thoughts and prayers to his family. RIP. Fr. John

Thanking God for the talents he entrusted to you in your ministry to others. Thanking you for your kindness and service towards my late mother in her illness and final time of life. You were a great source of strength and courage for her, and for us as a family over30 years ago, and that has never been forgotten for me and our family. May you be received in Heaven by Our Lord and the angels, and may you always Rest in Peace….Well done, good and faithful servant….

Judy & family: So sorry to hear of the passing of Father John. My condolences to you & your family. May he rest in peace.

You were Avery kind and gentle man you were the same with every one may you rest in peace father John.

Deepest sympathies on the passing of my friend and bridge partner Father John. He had a poem for every occasion and always a smile and a good word for all. We can all learn from his positive outlook. I miss you already Father. Rest in peace.

I honestly don’t know if I have ever met a finer person. His caring an d compassion and his faith were truly amazing. He will be missed.

Please accept our deepest condolences on Father John’s passing. Unfortunately we are away during this time but are thinking of you. We have many fond memories of Father John, especially family gatherings and special occasions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

R.I.P. Father John Maddigan!!

John Maddigan was a person respected and loved by all who knew him. Always a positive and upbeat person he was at his best in his interactions with people as a spiritual advisor or as a bridge player. for this and many other reasons his spirit will be with us always. Rest in Peace Father John.

A special angel taken home into the arms of god
You will be missed
It was a privilege and a blessing to know you and care for you
You made a difference in all the people who’s lives you touched and you done so with such compassion and not asking for anything in return
God Bless

We have fond memories of him serving as parish priest here in our hometown at Lawrence. Love by all. RI P father John. In our hearts forever

The best parish priest I have even known…. He was a great soul! Condolences to his family….

RIP Father John. You were a part of our family for many years and the Best priest St. Lawrence ever had . You will truly be missed by all.

May you rest in peace Fr. John…have fond memories of you when you served in St.Lawrence.
Condolences to all family and friends!

Rest in Peace Father John..

May he rest in peace. I truly thought the world of this man.

Father John

You are my reason for not talking in church …I know we will both remember it and laugh together about it someday…thank you for all you have done for myself and my friends during our teenager years.

Reat In peace as I know you were meant to


Condolences to all the family. I worked with Father Maddigan for years when he was in St. Lawrence. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

So sorry to hear of Fr John’s passing .He was a wonderful priest and a great friend .R.I.P FR. John.

Sorry to hear of father John maddigans passing
I got to know him when I worked as a pca at St Patrick’s mercy home in 2009. He was a nice man to know . He had lots of story’s to tell. He will be dearly missed. Thinking of the family at this sad time.