The Reverend Peter S. Dargan 80, formerly of West Haven, passed away peacefully at the Masonicare Health Center, Wallingford on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, surrounded by his family and the spiritual group from Holy Trinity Church, Wallingford.
Father Dargan was born on August 24, 1934 in West Haven, a son of Robert S. Dargan Sr. and Marie Murphy Dargan.
Brother of Sister Mary Faith Dargan, O.P. Dominican Sisters of Peace, Mrs. Richard T. Doyle Jr. (Virginia), Mr. Richard P. Dargan (Nancy) and Mr. Robert S. Dargan Jr. (Margaret). He is survived also by several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
Since graduating from Notre Dame High School in 1952, Father Dargan dedicated his life to God, the priestly ministry and Catholic education. He remained faithful to Notre Dame High School and the virtues it stresses. A graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Father Dargan received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1961, the year he was ordained.
He served at the Cathedral in Harford and many parishes including St. Rose in East Hartford, St. Ann in Milford, St. Pius X in Wolcott, and St. Bernard in Tariffville. Father Dargan served as Dean of the West Shoreline Deanery. Father Dargan taught at Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury, Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford and East Catholic High School in Manchester.
Father Dargan was Pastor of Holy Infant Church in Orange from 1990-2012. Thereafter, he served as Pastor Emeritus. He was a member of the Notre Dame High School Board of Directors and served on the Board of the Archdiocese’s Office of Urban Affairs.
For his dedication to the Church and to Notre Dame High School, in 1994, Father Dargan received the Knights of Honor Award and was inducted into the Knights of Honor Society.
Father Dargan was a member of the Homewood Acres Golf Club in Woodbridge and the Orange Hills Golf Club in Orange. For many years he was a member of the West Haven Twilight League and served on the Board of the Saint Regis Health Center.
Father Dargan attended the College of the Holy Cross, before entering St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, where he was a Prefect. He enjoyed his trips to Ireland and Italy, and many family vacations to Cape Cod and Block Island. He also enjoyed his visits to New York City, where he was able to attend operas, Broadway shows, sports events and concelebrate Mass at St. Malachy’s.
Father Dargan was always a source of great comfort to his family, friends, parishioners, and anyone in need. He will be missed dearly.
Father Dargan’s body will lie in state at Holy Infant Church, Orange on Friday, April 10th from 5:00-7:00pm with a Parish Mass to be celebrated at 7:00pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday , April 11th at 11:00 AM.
Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford, will be the principal celebrant.
Burial will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven.
The family would like to thank the staff at Pond Ridge, Masonicare at Ashlar Village where Father Dargan celebrated the liturgy every Sunday for the residents and also thank the nurses, doctors, and staff at the Masonicare Health Center and the Masonicare Hospice Comfort Care in Wallingford for their expert care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Father Dargan’s name to Holy Infant Church, 450 Race Brook Road, Orange, CT 06477 Arrangements are with Sisk Brothers Funeral Home, 3105 Whitney Ave., Hamden.