HONORABLE FREDERICK V. GILGUN

February 3, 2024

HONORABLE FREDERICK V. GILGUN
U.S. Veteran

UNITED STATES NAVY

WWII

The Honorable Frederick V. Gilgun –  of Woburn, February 3rd, 2024. Beloved husband of Dorothy E. (Richard) Gilgun for sixty-six years.  Devoted father of Dorothy M. Roscillo, her husband Anthony of Woburn, Rosemary Maher, her husband Robert of Woburn, Frederick V. Gilgun Jr., his wife Sharon of Winchester, Patricia M. Harnan, her husband Thomas of South Boston, Elizabeth M. “Libby” Coveno, her husband Michael of Burlington, and Regina M. Ryan, her husband Michael of Winchester.  Dear brother of David I. Gilgun of Woburn and the late Mary E. Cullinane, Rose Gilgun, Margaret Collamore, Helen Gilgun, John F. Gilgun, Jr., Rev. Fr. Bernard E. Gilgun, Richard E. Gilgun and Laurence P. Gilgun.  Cherished grandfather of seventeen grandchildren, and one great grandson. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, great and grand. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Friday, February 9th, at 10 a.m , in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn .  Interment in Calvary, Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday evening, February 8th, from 4 – 8 p. m in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made to honor Judge Gilgun to “Our Kids at Heart” , P.O. Box 161862, Austin, TX 78716.

The Honorable Frederick V. Gilgun, retired Presiding Justice of the Woburn District Court, passed away peacefully at his home in Woburn on Saturday, February 3rd, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was 96 years old.

Born and raised in Woburn, Fred was a true “Woburnite.” He also cherished his time in Falmouth, MA and Naples, FL. He was the son of John F. and Rose (O’Donnell) Gilgun. He received his early education at St. Charles School and graduated from Woburn High School Class of 1945. Fred joined the Navy and proudly served our country during WWII. He attended Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School in the evenings while working for the Massachusetts Trial Court. He dedicated 44 years to the Trial Court, starting as a Court Officer in 1953 and in 1980 was appointed by Governor Edward J. King as an Associate Justice of the Marlboro District Court. Fred is believed to be the only judge in the Commonwealth to have served in each appointed position of the Court, including Chief Probation Officer, Clerk Magistrate, and Justice. Fred was able to fulfill his lifelong aspiration when he was named the Presiding Justice of the Woburn District Court.  He will be remembered as a fair, thoughtful and a hardworking jurist.
Fred enjoyed golfing and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He was an avid fan of all Boston sports. Nothing meant more to Fred than spending time with his wife, Dottie, his best friend, forming the ultimate love story. He will be fondly remembered for his famous rendition of “It’s a great day for the Irish,” proudly sung at every family gathering, and for his beautiful writing skills used in his thoughtful notes of encouragement to friends, family and especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his adoring wife, Dorothy “Dottie” (Richard) of 66 years, he is survived by one son, Frederick V. Gilgun, Jr., and his wife, Sharon, of Winchester, and five daughters: Dorothy Roscillo and her husband Anthony, Rosemary Maher and her husband Robert, all of Woburn, Patricia Harnan and her husband, Thomas, of South Boston, Elizabeth “Libby” Coveno and her husband, Michael, of Charlestown (formerly of Burlington), and Regina Ryan and her husband, Michael, of Falmouth (formerly of Winchester). He also leaves behind his beloved 17 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Michael, Katherine, Jacqui, Danielle, Kathleen, Jay, Jack, Caroline, Mary, Kate, Luke, Rose, Owen, Faith, Thomas, and Patrick, and his great-grandson, Thomas. He also survived by his brother David and predeceased by his siblings: Mary Cullinane, Rose Gilgun, Margaret Collamore, Helen Gilgun, John Gilgun, Jr., Rev. Fr. Bernard Gilgun, Richard Gilgun, and Laurence Gilgun.

Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, great and grand. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Friday, February 9th, at 10 a.m , in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn .  Interment in Calvary, Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday evening, February 8th, from 4 – 8 p. m in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made to honor Judge Gilgun to “Our Kids at Heart” , P.O. Box 161862, Austin, TX 78716.

Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, great and grand. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Friday, February 9th, at 10 a.m , in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn .  Interment in Calvary, Cemetery, Winchester.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling hours, Thursday evening, February 8th, from 4 – 8 p. m in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Remembrances may be made to honor Judge Gilgun to “Our Kids at Heart” , P.O. Box 161862, Austin, TX 78716.

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  1. I send my deepest sympathy to Mrs Gilgun and Family for the loss of the Honorable Frederick Gilgun. Fresh out of High School in 1970, I was fortunate to be hired to work in the Clerks Office of the 4th District Court in Woburn. Judge Gilgun was kind and always had a warm smile. He was so proud of his Family. He and his sweet wife were guests at my wedding. I have so many wonderful memories of my 5 years working in his office. I will always remember you with a smile. RIP🙏. Kathy Maguire Rosa

  2. My most sincere condolences on the passing of Judge Gilgun. He was a kind and thoughtful man and although our time together at the Woburn Court was short, I will always remember him as a great mentor.

    Kathy McKeon

  3. Barry Collamore

    I’m very sorry for the passing of Uncle Fred. He was a very loving and gracious man and I always enjoyed being with him and Aunt Dottie and family. Deepest condolences to his family.

  4. Mary Murphy-Nolan

    We are all so very saddened to hear of Judge Fred’s passing. We loved our trips to Boston over the years, especially our visits to Fred, Dorothy & the extended Gilgun families. We feel very lucky to have been welcomed so warmly into your homes. You will be dearly missed Fred by all your family but also by your Irish family. RIP Judge Fred, love Mary, Fergal, Zoe & all the Murphy & Nolan families in Ireland.

  5. Patricia Kenney

    Dear David,
    As you know we were saddened to learn of your Beloved Brother Fred’s Passing.
    We wish to extend our Profound Sympathy’s to his Family during this difficult time, and know All your Friends are thinking of you

    With our Love, Edward & Patricia Kenney & Family

  6. Dr. Robert J. Ferullo

    Condolences to the Gilgun family on the passing of the Honorable Judge Fred Gilgun. The family is highly regarded as it has contributed to the Commonwealth and the City with outstanding service in numerous domains, including the court system, education, local politics, and Church. Requiem en pace.

  7. Debbie Campbell and Bruce Collamore

    Gilgun family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Uncle Fred will be greatly missed and remembered for his dedication to the Court and devotion to his family. Our lives have been enriched by such a special uncle. Wishing you peace at this time of sorrow.

  8. Ronald Reynolds

    My sincerest and deepest sympathy to all the Gilgun family in the loss of their dear loved one. Over the many years of my friendship with his brother David, I was told by David of the many outstanding attributes of his beloved brother Fred. May he rest now in peace with the Lord. May his beloved memory be eternal!

    Ronald Reynolds

  9. To the Gilgun family,
    Please accept my condolences on the loss of a giant in the legal community. Fred was a great man who lived for his family and for helping others. He was not only a distinguished Judge and great Clerk-Magistrate, but he had more impactful jobs in the court system than anyone I have ever known! I remember Fred telling interesting stories and having an anecdote for seemingly every occasion, always with a smile on his face. He was well respected and loved throughout the Commonwealth. Hold onto your memories and we will keep you in our prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Ed Doherty

  10. Charles Culhane

    Gilgun family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never forgotten they live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane

  11. Dianne Connor Carbone

    Such a wonderful, kind, amazing, man from an amazing family. Having to deal with knowing so many friends coming before him in Woburn Court had to be an extremely difficult task at best, but he always did it with respect, style, grace, but most of all compassion.. My thoughts are with all his family, at this difficult time,especially his brother David
    Dianne Connor Carbone

  12. Peter and Caroline Merrins

    So Sad to hear of the Judge’s passing. Such a gentleman, proud to have met him. Condolences to the Gilgun family.

  13. Christine Nurnberger Campbell

    I have wonderful memories of spending time with Judge Gilgun at the holidays, and watching him adore his family. A wonderful man, leaving an amazing legacy in his family. Hugs to you all.

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