James Gerard Deignan

December 18, 1943 - May 30, 2022


Obituary For James Gerard Deignan

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Mr. James Gerard Deignan, 78, of Durham, NC (formerly from Greensboro NC) peacefully passed away on May 30, 2022. He was the son of the late John and Mary Deignan. Jim was born December 18, 1943 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was a graduate of St. Peter’s College where he studied Economics. After college, Jim served in the United States Navy for 4 years. It was while he was stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico that he met the love of his life, Janice. Their love story began on the beach of San Juan and they were united in matrimony on July 15, 1972. As their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary approaches this summer, we know that their love for one another is eternal.

Jim spent close to 30 years working with the Department of Justice as an Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration. In Jim’s own words, he “ate glass and kicked ass”.

Janice and his 3 girls were the apple of his eye. Jim’s life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Deirdre (Brian) Lusk of Raleigh, NC; Alison (Matthew) Rausch of Raleigh, NC; and Jillian Deignan of Raleigh, NC. His 5, soon to be 6 Grandchildren (Colin, Connor, Pierce, Fiona, Claire and soon to be born namesake grandson, Jimmy) brought the biggest smile to his face. Jim’s heartfelt memories will always be remembered by his two brothers, sister, nieces, nephews and many other family and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, NC on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or
Wounded Warrior Project

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  • 06/06/2022

    To Jillian and family- we are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Always Thomas and Meredith (Fievet) Higgs

  • 06/02/2022

    Our deepest sympathies to all the family during this difficult time! Callies, Bailey & Parker families!

  • 06/02/2022

    With deepest sympathies from the Deignan cousins Eileen, Maureen, Pat and Marilyn.

  • 06/01/2022

    Our deepest sympathies to the family during this difficult time of loss.

  • 06/01/2022

    Lighting a pink candle for all of his girls who I know loved him so much and he loved them. Thinking of you all and all the grandkids. Jenny Murphy

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