The Obit For Sam Carrigan

H. Sam Carrigan

Published in the Alamogordo Daily News from 6/28/2008 - 7/9/2008.

H. Sam Carrigan, 86, of Alamogordo, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 28, 2008, in Alamogordo.

Sam was born July 24, 1921, in Holyoke, Mass., to Victor and Maria (Boutin) Carrigan. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Sam grew up loving sports, especially baseball. He was an American League umpire during the 1950s and '60s, which he believed were the greatest years of baseball.

He retired from the Federated Department Stores in 1986.
In 1992 he moved to Alamogordo and married Rose Bushlow on New Year's Day in 1994. They did much traveling, delivering Meals on Wheels for the Senior Center, and entertained friends for many years. They were active members of St. Jude Mission.

Survivors include his loving wife, Rose, of the family home; a son, Michael Carrigan, and his wife, Deborah, of Grant Pass, Ore.; two daughters, Patricia Dofelmire and Mary "Liz" McCracken, both of Sacramento, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; three stepsons, Tony Bushlow of Monterey, Calif., Mark Bushlow and his wife, Beth, of Alamogordo, and Chris Bushlow and his wife, Deborah, of La Luz; four stepdaughters, Linda Bushlow-Rico, of Arlington, Texas, Gloria Brown and her husband, Roy, of Port Orchard, Wash., Cathy Barton and her husband, Ron, of Alamogordo, and Susan Bushlow, of Las Cruces; 14 step grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Raymond Carrigan, of Post Falls, Idaho, and Norman "Pete" Carrigan, of Ware, Mass.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jeanette Baril; a son, Christopher Carrigan; and two grandchildren, Billy and Jennifer Carrigan.

The Rosary will be recited Saturday, July 5, at 10:15 a.m. at St. Jude Mission. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 11 a.m. with Father Wayne Herpin, S.J., as celebrant.

Inurnment will follow in the St. Jude Columbarium with military honors by the U.S. Navy.

Services are under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to their charity of choice.