Spanning Three Centuries of Service

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Terence Gargan

On Sunday, March 29,2020, Terence Gargan of New Rochelle, NY, crossed the bar at the age of 85.
Terry was born in New York City and grew up in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Terry was predeceased by his loving wife Anne (née’ Massey).
Terry was a graduate of SUNY Maritime College and New York Law School. Terry achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve.
After college, Terry spent many years at sea as a merchant mariner and travelled the world while working as an engineer aboard many large ships.Terry earned his U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineers License, unlimited horsepower.
After a successful career at sea, Terry met and married the love of his life, Anne. They settled in New Rochelle. Terry taught engineering part time at his alma mater, SUNY Maritime, while attending law school at night.
Upon graduation from law school, Terry worked as a Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Terry eventually joined the New York law firm, Hill, Betts and Nash, where he specialized in maritime cases that were particularly technical and required his engineering background.
Terry’s greatest professional achievement was his involvement in the Exxon Valdez oil spill lawsuit. Terry represented several Alaskan Native American tribes in their case against the Exxon Mobil Corporation. This was the second largest oil spill in U.S. history. As a result of Terry’s work, the tribes received compensation for their losses and the Exxon Corporation was forced to pay out 5 billion dollars in punitive damages.
Terry was an avid yachtsman. After their retirement, Terry and Anne spent many years cruising the east coast from Maine to Florida and the Bahamas. They owned several different power and sail boats over the years, which Terry meticulously maintained.
Terry is survived by his son Richard, daughter-in-law Dawn and granddaughter Shannon.

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