Leo Harrigan

Obituary of Leo E. Harrigan

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Leo E. Harrigan, 89, passed away March 15, 2021 in Burlington, Vermont after a period of declining health. He was born in Bangor, Maine, the son of Clement A. and Pauline M. (McCann) Harrigan.

Leo is survived by his wife of sixty-eight years, Suzanne (McHale) Harrigan of Winooski, Vermont as well as three children: Michael P. Harrigan and his wife Cheryl of Fredericksburg, Virginia, along with their children and grandchildren; Margaret L. Harrigan and her wife Anne Buck Vernon of Winooski, Vermont, along with their children and grandchildren; and Peter E. Harrigan and his husband J. Stannard Baker of Shelburne, Vermont. He is predeceased by an infant son, David Harrigan. Leo is also survived by a sister, Margaret Donley, of Longmont, Colorado; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jean (McHale) Bulger and Sam Bulger of Parker, Colorado as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Leo attended Bangor schools and worked for Joy Manufacturing Company for over thirty years. He proudly served in the Maine and New Hampshire Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of Captain. Leo and Sue raised their family in Claremont, New Hampshire, Somersville, Connecticut, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In retirement they returned to Bangor, and also lived in Wiscasset, Maine, prior to moving to Vermont in 2013. Leo remained active, volunteering at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, and the Ecumenical Food Pantry in New Castle, Maine.  He particularly enjoyed simple pleasures like hot dogs, chocolate “creemees”, New England Patriots games, and time spent with his loved ones.  All who knew Leo were witness to his strength of character and his tenderness toward others. 

Leo’s family is grateful to staff members from the UVM-HHH day program at Grand Way Commons; Burlington Health and Rehab; Bayada Hospice; Fr. Lance Harlow from St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral; and the Members of the Society of St. Edmund (SSE) at Saint Michael’s College for the care they provided.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:00 AM Saturday, August 21, 2021 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Ohio St., Bangor. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor and a reception time will immediately follow. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne’s Shrine, Vermont DONATE HERE or St. Patrick’s Old Church Renovation Fund, Maine DONATE HERE.


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Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Saturday, August 21, 2021
St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church
768 Ohio St.
Bangor, Maine, United States

Burial & Reception

A burial with military honors and a reception will immediately follow the funeral mass.
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