Published in The Hartford
Courant from November 27 to November 28, 2010
John J. Miggins, of Farmington, beloved husband for 61 years of Helen
(Murphy) Miggins, passed way Wednesday, (November 24, 2010), surrounded
by his loving family.
Born in White Plains, NY, son of the late John J. and Johanna (Sullivan)
Miggins, he was raised in the Bronx, NY graduating from Power Memorial
After high school graduation at age 18, he began a career as a professional
baseball player in the Cincinnati Reds franchise playing for the Fort
Lauderdale Tarpons from 1940-1942.
Baseball was a sport that John loved, played and would be involved with
throughout his life. He moved up in the ranks eventually playing for the
Syracuse Chiefs, a Triple A team.
In 1942, John put his professional baseball career on hold, volunteering
for the US Navy and serving through World War II. While with the Navy,
John studied aerography at Bates College and M.I.T., eventually being
assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the Navy Hurricane Microseismic
Research Project. There John was among some of the first flight crews
ever to fly into and study hurricanes.
After the war he returned to baseball, playing with various minor league
teams including the Port Chester Clippers in 1948. During this time he
attended Iona College, coaching their baseball team and receiving his
BA degree in 1949.
After his marriage, John worked as a New York City fireman prior to joining
the FBI in 1951. He served with the FBI for eight years, working in the
Washington, D.C. and New York City offices.
He was past Chairman of the Connecticut Chapter of the Former FBI Agents
Association. He retired in 1987 as Corporate Director of Management Development
and Training for the former Combustion Engineering Co of Windsor.
Always the gentleman, John was known as a man of true integrity. While
his careers were dynamically diverse and exciting, his family was his
treasure and he loved family gatherings more than anything.
John had also a great love and appreciation for music; playing violin
as a child, dancing with Helen to big band swing, enjoying his beloved
Irish music, and passing this love on to his children and grandchildren.
He and his family lived in Windsor and Trumbull before moving to Farmington
Besides his wife Helen he leaves three sons John "Jay" B. Miggins
and his wife Mimi Baker of Milford, Terrance M. Miggins and his wife Debbie
of E. Windsor, and Brendan T. Miggins of Farmington; his daughter Janis
E. Vignati and her husband Frank Vignati, Jr. of East Hartford; five grandchildren
whom he adored Claire, Jack, and Lauren Miggins and Brian and Allison
Vignati; a brother Lawrence Miggins and his wife Kathleen of Houston,
TX; a sister Eileen Miggins Hoppenthal and her husband Jake of Laguna
Hills, CA; sisters-in-law Rita B. Miggins of Boca Raton, FL and Mary M.
Bowie of West Hartford; brother-in-law Arthur J. Mulligan of Charleston,
RI; and many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends throughout the
United States and Ireland. He was predeceased by his brothers Robert and
James Miggins, his nephew Rory Miggins, and other brothers-in-law and
His family will receive friends Monday, (November 29), from 2 - 4 and
6 - 8 p.m. at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country
Club Road, Avon.
Family and friends may gather Tuesday, (November 30); 9 a.m. at the Carmon
Funeral Home in Avon followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in
the Church of St. Patrick- St. Anthony 285 Church Street, Hartford.
Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, East Hartford.
Contributions may be made to Church of St. Patrick Building Fund, PO Box
523, Farmington, CT 06034-0523 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
For online expressions of sympathy please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.