portrait picture for Robert J. Corrigan

Visitation: Visitation will be at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Saturday 4pm-8pm and Sunday 4pm-8pm. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday 10am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Route 7, Wilton, CT. Burial: Burial will follow the services in Hillside Cemetery, 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT. Donations: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Francis Friends of the Poor, 155 W 22nd St., New York, NY 10114, Attention Fr. John Felice.

Robert J. Corrigan


August 14, 1940 - June 26, 2013

Robert J. Corrigan, a twenty five year resident of Wilton, CT, passed away at home on June 26, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Born August 14, 1940 to Helen and Joseph Corrigan he was raised in Babylon, NY. He graduated from Seton Hall High School in 1958 and went on to Manhattan College, Bronx NY. In 1962 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Later, he earned a Masters degree in Industrial Administration from Union College.

He joined IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY in 1962. Two years later he married Regina (Jeanne) Owens of Sayville, NY on June 20. In the following years their five sons were born.

During his 32-year career with IBM he assumed increasing responsibilities holding managerial positions in the U.S. and in Paris, France. Ultimately he became an IBM Vice President, and President and CEO of the IBM PC Company. Following his retirement from IBM in 1994, Mr. Corrigan was President and CEO of IMAX Corporation in Toronto, Canada. He transformed the business before retiring in 1996.

His deep commitment to Manhattan College led him to serve on the Board of Advisors of its School of Business. The Board of Advisors helped structure the school’s management processes and outcomes assessment measures, and was instrumental in the school’s accreditation process with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International in 2003. Mr. Corrigan was an American Cancer Society volunteer, driving cancer patients to their appointments.

He was an avid golfer and a member of both Silver Spring Country Club in Ridgefield, CT, and Cape Cod National Golf Club in Brewster, MA. Golfing with his sons, his brothers and friends gave him great pleasure. As an enthusiastic life-long learner his interests were wide and far reaching. His passions included books, music, astronomy, art, stamps, history, and math. He was, always, an avid reader. He loved to travel and to cook unusual recipes from around the world. Museums delighted him both here and abroad.

A dedicated family man, Bob Corrigan thoroughly enjoyed the company of his sons, their spouses, and the twelve grandchildren. Gatherings in Wilton or at their beach house were numerous, fun and memories to be treasured.

He is survived by Jeanne, his loving wife of 49 years; their sons and spouses: Robert Jr. (Julie), Timothy (Christine), Paul (Kellie), David, and Kevin (Carolina); 12 grandchildren: Shannon, Katie, Jack, Madeline, Thomas, Charlotte, Amelia, Harry, James, Norah, Oscar, Bella. Also, his brothers Michael Corrigan of Mattapoisett MA and Joseph Corrigan of Poughkeepsie NY, 2 nephews and a niece.

Visitation will be at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 203-866-0747 Saturday 4pm-8pm; Sunday 4pm-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial – Monday 10am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Route 7, Wilton, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Francis Friends of the Poor, 155 W 22nd St., New York, NY 10114, Attention Fr. John Felice.

  1. Dear Jeanne, Mike & Gogo,
    I am so grateful that we all reconnected recently as I am so saddened by his death. We were very close in the early years, so close that even though we went our separate ways I never felt that we had grown apart. You have our sympathy and Jeanne I wish you strength now and in the future.
    Ken & Carol

    June 28, 2013
    Ken Small -
  • My mother passed away in late November some 20 years ago. While my brother and I had met Mr. Corrigan only a few times, he invited our family over for Thanksgiving. I will never forget that kind gesture. It is always very painful to lose someone you love, but I hope his family and friends can take some solace in the fact that he is truly at peace and leaves behind a wonderful, long-lasting legacy. I extend my most sincere condolences to his family.

    June 28, 2013
    Steve Affinito -
  • Truly sorry we will be in Maine at times of visitation and services. Prayers are with you all.

    June 28, 2013
    Gail and Ray Moskow -
  • I would like to send my condolences to Bob’s family. I worked with Bob at IBM for many years and considered Bob a friend as well as a colleague.

    Arnold Most
    Lagrange, NY

    June 28, 2013
    Arnold L. Most -
  • Dear Corrigan Family,
    Jeff and I are so grateful that we were able to share good times with your dad! The first time we met him – we both said: “Kevin, are you a carbon copy”?!!!
    Love you guys, and of course the entire family. We know that each and every one of you will continue his legacy.

    We were lucky to meet him and he will always remain in our hearts. Hopefully we can have a family such as his 🙂

    Much love,
    Teressa & Jeff

    June 29, 2013
    Teressa & Jeff Kowski -
  • Jeanne, so sorry to hear about Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    It certainly doesn’t seem that long ago that we lived in Sayville and were going to Seton Hall.
    Pat

    June 29, 2013
    Pat Malsch Wish -
  • Dear Jeanne:

    Marcia and I had dinner with you and Bob at your Harwichport home many years ago. I was a Vice President in the PC Company working for Bob when I was offered a job in Paris. He told me it was a wonderful life experience living abroad and he would not stand in my way.
    What a great gift. The four of us reminisced about our lives in France and the joy it gave us. I remember Bob with fondness and respect.

    We send our prayers and heartfelt condolences.

    Marcia and Ray Freeman

    June 29, 2013
    Ray and Marcia Freeman -
  • Dear Jeanne,

    We were so sorry to read in the Poughkeepsie Journal of the passing of your husband Bob.
    I’m not sure you will remember us — our backyards faced each other when you and your family lived on Lakeview. We carpooled the children to the Wappingers Play Group.

    Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you and the boys and keeping you in our prayers. May the many happy memories and much love shared help bring you peace, comfort and strength in the days to come.

    With our deepest sympathy,
    Jerry and Elaine Heimbach

    June 30, 2013
    Elaine Heimbach -
  • Jeanne,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy at Bob’s passing. It is with many joyful memories that I look back at the days when we worked together at IBM. Bob was a very intelligent engineer and a wonderful leader. I will always remember our long talks.

    My deepest condolences to you and your entire family.

    Carl

    July 1, 2013
    Carl Valentino -
  • Jeanne,

    Both Debbie and l were saddened to learn of your loss. Although it has been almost 20 yrs. since you had a home on Stratford Place, we greatly enjoyed having you and your family as our neighbors. Please accept our sympathies and know that you and your family are in our prayers.

    Debbie and Tony Monticello

    July 1, 2013
    Anthony R. Monticello MD -
  • I have very fond memories of working with Bob during the ’80s, here at IBM in Endicott, and I found him to be an extraordinary engineer and manager, easily one of the most interesting and brightest people I have had the good fortune to meet. In talking to him about past work experiences I found that I had worked on at least one technical issue in my time in the ’60s in Owego, that Bob had worked on at the same time in Poughkeepsie.

    My condolences to you and your family,

    Ed Vytlacil

    July 1, 2013
    Edward Vytlacil -
  • I am so sorry for your loss.
    Bob and I were classmates at Seton Hall class of ’58, my a long time ago. I know those great Nuns who taught us so well ,are extremely proud of his successes in life work and the family.
    I send sincere prayers and condolences to the entire family.

    Joy Giacobbe-Venghaus

    July 1, 2013
    Joy Giacobbe-Venghaus -
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