Robert Notigan, 69; injured vet became Burlco civic leader

Robert M. Notigan Sr.
Robert M. Notigan Sr.
Posted: July 31, 2012

As an Army infantryman during the Vietnam conflict, Robert M. Notigan Sr. stepped on a mine in November 1967, only four months after landing in the country.

"He ended up in a Tokyo hospital," his wife, Diana, said in an interview, and then spent six months at Walter Reed hospital.

He returned to his job at a bank in Beverly, took night classes to earn his bachelor's degree in 1971 at what is now Rider University, and set off on a decades-long run as both a bank executive and a government official in Burlington County.

"He did it all," his wife said, though "he had an eight-inch plate in his left leg and he wore a brace."

Mr. Notigan, 69, of Edgewater Park, a two-term mayor in the 1980s, died of renal failure Wednesday, July 25, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Besides bearing his war wounds, his wife said, he was a kidney-transplant survivor.

"It was totally mind-boggling," his wife said of his accomplishments. "He just ran."

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Notigan graduated from Burlington High School in 1961. He began his career as a teller at the First National Bank & Trust Co. in Beverly before being drafted.

After he returned to the bank, his wife said, "he became one of the youngest directors there, roughly in 1969."

Because his combat injuries required him to undergo years of rehabilitation, she said, he did not receive his medical discharge from military service until 1974.

Mr. Notigan eventually rose to executive vice president at the bank.

Then, after executive assignments at a succession of financial institutions, his wife said, Mr. Notigan retired in 2010 as president and director of what is now Delanco Federal Savings Bank.

Being mayor of Edgewater Park wasn't his only distinction there.

At times, his wife said, he was chairman of the township planning board and a member of the sewer authority.

He was a member of the township board of education from 1995 to 2012 and a member of the Burlington County Board of Social Services from 1993 to 2012, his wife said.

Treasurer for 10 years at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Beverly, he was a board member in the 1980s for Crossroads Programs Inc., which helps homeless, abandoned, abused, and at-risk youngsters.

A member of the Beverly Rotary Club for 39 years, he was its president in 1972. He also was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Besides his wife, Mr. Notigan is survived by son Robert M. Jr., daughter Melissa, a brother, two sisters, and a grandson.

A viewing was set from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, at the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington, before an 11 a.m. funeral service there, with burial in Monument Cemetery, Beverly.


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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