Paul B Deignan obituary 1940~2021


Paul B Deignan, 81, of Gettysburg, PA died Sunday morning May 23, 2021 at his home.

Paul B Deignan
Paul B Deignan

Born February 6, 1940 in Orange, NJ, he was the son of the late Joseph M. and Catherine T. (Driscoll) Deignan.

He was the loving husband of Mary E. (Davis) Deignan to whom he was married to for 58 years.

Mr. Deignan was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

In high school and college, he was a long-distance runner and holds the current record for the Mile at Immaculate Conception High School, Monclair, NJ. He was a 1962 graduate of Cornell University and the first recipient of a Master’s in Professional Studies from Cornell School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, NY.

Mr. Deignan worked as a Healthcare Nutrition Services Manager for 43 years, winning the Ivy Award, the Silver Plate and is held as one of the top 50 people who has changed their Industry.

He served as President of two different national professional organizations, ASHFSA and HFM.

After his retirement Mr. Deignan volunteered as a food evaluator for the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. He was a long-term member of the Gettysburg Lions Club.

In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by his four children, Catherine C. Deignan, Paul B. Deignan, Jr. and his wife Ellina, Peter R. Bickford (ne᷃ Deignan) and his wife Carolyn, Jay M. Deignan and his wife Marci, five grandchildren, Neil Bickford, Kelly Bickford, Paul Irons (ne᷃ Deignan), Connor Deignan, Colleen Deignan, great grandchild, Ellie Irons, and two siblings, Dr. Joseph M. Deignan, Jr. and Suzanne Callahan.

He was preceded in death by his brother Fr. Allen Deignan.

A Memorial Mass will be held 5:30 p.m, Thursday, May 27, 2021 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 25 West High St., Gettysburg, with Fr. Daniel Mitzel Celebrant.

The Monahan Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements and online condolences may be made at the funeral homes website.


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