Veteran, entrepreneur, public servant

LYNNFIELD — John (Jack) Kevin Harrigan,  81, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2024.

Jack was born on March 26, 1943, in Salem, Massachusetts to Dr. Francis and Josephine Harrigan. He attended Salem High School, graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy with a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering and later went on to earn a master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University. 

Jack proudly served in the Merchant Marines as a Third Assistant Engineer and was a U.S. Navy commissioned officer, where he earned the rank of Lieutenant. After his service, he held positions as an engineer with Stone and Webster Corporation and Air Control Equipment. 

Jack then went on to become an entrepreneur and owned several successful businesses.  

Later in life, he took a position with the state of Massachusetts as a project manager with the Department of Corrections. 

Jack also served on the Lynnfield Housing Authority and Lynnfield Water District, serving as a commissioner and treasurer for many years until his death.

Jack was an avid coin collector, a member of American Legion Post 131 and a member of the Lynnfield Veterans War Memorial Committee.

Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judith (Hines) Harrigan; and “his girls” that he was so proud of: Kelly Welch (Chris) of North Andover; Kimberly Coakley (Andrew) of Bordentown, New Jersey; and Jennifer Buxkemper (Jarrett) of Silverthorne, Colorado; his grandchildren, Abigail and Samuel Welch; and his brother, Peter Harrigan (Carol) of Salem; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Francis and Josephine Harrigan, and his sister, Maureen Raymond.

Jack’s funeral service will vw held on Wednesday July 10, 2024, with visitation from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield, followed by a funeral Mass beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St. Interment will take place at Forest Hill Cemetery, in Lynnfield. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lynnfield Veterans War Memorial at . The memorial is a monument that will honor the memory of Lynnfield’s men and women who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend our way of life from all wars to the present, and the future.

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