Frank E. Hannigan, Jr.

Hannigan, Frank - new photoFrank E. Hannigan, Jr., former Boston school teacher and long-time resident of Dorchester, died peacefully at Marian Manor on Saturday, June 29, 2013 after a lengthy illness. He was 87.

Frank was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on June 23, 1926 and spent his early years in Milton. He had 5 siblings: Ann, Katherine, Alice, and the late John and James. He graduated from Mission High School in 1942 and two years later joined the U.S. Army where he served in the Philippines and Japan. For his combat service in the Philippines, Frank was awarded the Bronze Star.

In 1956, he married Rita M. McDonough of Dorchester with whom he had five children: Theresa, Francis, Joseph, Julie and John.  In 1966, Rita died of complications from Neurofibromatosis 2, a genetic disorder.  He married Marianna Doyle of Malden in 1970. They remained married for the next 43 years until his death.  Frank is survived by four grandchildren: Jocelyn, Nicholas, Grace and Frances Mae.

A beneficiary of the G.I. Bill, he graduated from Boston College in 1957. Completing his Master’s degree at Boston State College, he began a teaching career that lasted over four decades, most of it as a teacher of English at Boston Latin School. After teaching 43 years, he retired in 2001 at the age of 74. He served in the Massachusetts National Guard for 38 years, twenty years as a Master Sergeant.  Frank was a part-time executive with his close friend, the late Paul Casey, at P.J. Casey and Son, Inc., a moving and storage company located in Canton.

A devout Catholic, Frank was very active in St. Mark’s Parish in Dorchester, serving as a lector and member of the choir. He also taught literacy, helped immigrants prepare for citizenship and led the St. Mark’s chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for several years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mark’s Church, 1725 Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester on Saturday, July 6th at 10 AM.  Interment at Milton Cemetery.  Relatives and friends invited.  Visiting hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, Dorchester Lower Mills, on Friday from 4-8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Frank’s name may be made to St. Mark’s Church, 1725 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02124 or The Boston Latin School Association, 101 Huntington Avenue, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02199 or