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Dr. Tomas M. Pattugalan Jr.

January 21, 1950 ~ March 29, 2020 (age 70)


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Dr. Tomas Pattugalan, Dedicated Doctor in the Face of Coronavirus Pandemic, dies at 70.

Dr. Tomas M. Pattugalan, Jr., 70, entered Eternal Life Sunday, March 29, 2020 after contracting COVID-19 from caring for sick patients in his office.

Tomas was born in Tuguegarao City in the Philippines to the late Lourdes Mallillin and Tomas Pattugalan, Sr. He graduated from The University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City in 1974. He would later serve the community of Jamaica, Queens, NY for over 40 years as a primary care physician.

He was known by many for his warm and compassionate bedside manner, his dedication to the wellness of his patients, his gregarious personality, his love for dining and singing, and his faithful and dependable care in the medical field.

“Dr. Pattugalan loved and cared for his patients, truly exemplifying the profession of medicine, and the critical role of primary care in our country.” said Harry S. Jacob, MD, Chief Executive Medical Officer of Primary PartnerCare. “Being a doctor was not a job for Tomas, it was a calling and a profession. He loved being a doctor.”

Dr. Tomas will be celebrated as a hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice in his quest to serve humanity during a global pandemic. He will be remembered as a man filled with faith, joy and love, and cherished as a devoted doctor, father, husband, brother, cousin, and Lolo. He is survived by his wife, Rowena, and their daughter, Tammy; his first wife, Imelda, and their two children, Patty (Justin) and Gino; grandson, John Thomas (J.T.); Bernard (Moonlight) the son of his late brother Albert, and his sisters, Ching (Tony) and Ligaya (Rey), as well as numerous brothers-and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2020 at his parish St. Brigid Church with private inurnment to follow at Holy Rood Cemetery.  Donohue Cecere has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Church of St. Brigid

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia

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Memorial Visitation
August 28, 2020

3:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Donohue Cecere Funeral Home
290 Post Ave.
Westbury, NY 11590

Mass of Christian Burial
August 29, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Brigid's R.C.Church
50 Post Ave.
Westbury, NY 11590

Private Interment

Holy Rood Cemetery
111 Old Country Rd.
Westbury, NY 11590

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