Sidney J. Halligan, 82

Sidney J. Halligan

Sidney James Halligan, 82, of Bridgton died peacefully at the Bridgton Hospital on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 of complications of pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease, with his family at his side.

Sid was born in Moorland, Iowa, on March 29, 1930, the son of Raymond Anthony Halligan and Anne Margaret Crawford Halligan. His brothers William and Raymond, and sister, Patricia Halligan Cooper, predeceased him.

Sid proudly served four years as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954. He attended the University of Northern Iowa obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1958. While there, he met his future wife, Virginia (Ginny) Kier of Tipton, Iowa. They married in 1956 and had five children: Lisa Ferguson of Northborough, Mass., Sara Schiavi and Nora McRae of Milford Mass., Mary Anne Halligan of Sudbury Mass., and son Jerald Kier Halligan of San Diego, Calif. Sid loved his 16 grandchildren and two great-grandsons. His surviving brother, James, resides in Stillwater Okla.

Sid began his career in marketing in the newly-founded computer field, working for Computer Control Company of Framingham, Mass. and then moving to England to work with Honeywell International. He was an original founder of Prime Computer Co. of Framingham Mass. in the 1970s. He obtained his MBA from Boston University and then switching careers, working for E. F. Hutton as regional vice president.

Sid and Ginny moved to Bridgton in 1991 to enjoy all that Maine has to offer. He loved large family gatherings on Highland Lake, and golfing, boating and swimming. Never one to sit still, Sid operated a pick-your-own strawberry farm at Ring Farm on Upper Ridge Road for 10 years from 1992 to 2002. Sid loved the outdoors, walking, enjoying nature, and skiing with his family. He spent four winters as a ski ambassador at Sunday River Ski Resort. He enjoyed music, reading, current events and politics all his life. He was a kind and gentle man.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bridgton on Monday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Maine Agency on Aging (

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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