John Robert Hennigan

  • Born: November 8, 1940
  • Died: October 30, 2019
  • Location: Westwood, Massachusetts

Holden, Dunn & Lawler Funeral Home

55 High Rock St
Westwood, MA 02090
Tel. (781) 326-0074

Tribute & Message From The Family

Hennigan, John Robert of Westwood, and originally of Jamaica Plain, October 30, 2019 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Theresa (Gildea) Hennigan for 52 years. Loving father of Edward and his wife Julie of Falmouth, Julia Doyle and her husband Robert of Willow Springs, Illinois, Catherine of West Roxbury, Thomas and his wife Andrea of Dedham, and Elizabeth of West Roxbury. Cherished son of the late Gerard and Margaret Hennigan. Dear brother of Maureen Gallivan and her late husband Charles of Dedham, and of the late Gerard Hennigan of Randolph. Brother-in-law of John Gibbons and his late wife Betty of West Roxbury. Beloved grandfather, "Grampy", of 9 grandchildren and 1 grandpup: Céilí, Emma, Collette, Ryan, Connor, Caroline, Liam, Cormac, Mairéad, and Ollie (grandpup). Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. John was a 1962 graduate of Boston College, and worked as an insurance broker for 31 years for Johnson & Higgins and Marsh & McLennan Companies.

John and his wife Theresa were devoted Boston College Football ticket holders for 43 years. He was a parishioner of St. Denis Parish in Westwood for 44 years, where he held various volunteer roles, including Eucharistic minister, lector and catechist. John's most gratifying and spiritual role was serving as president of the parish's The Society of St. Vincent de Paul for 12 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of John to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St., WESTWOOD on Sunday November 3, from 4:00pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral procession from the funeral home on Monday morning November 4, at 9:00am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Denis Church at 10:00am. Interment with Military Honors at New Westwood Cemetery.



Condolence & Memory Journal

John was a professional and a kind person. He was calm amidst stress and a mentor to many. Condolences to his family.

Posted by Anne Blodget - Wolfeboro, NH - Coworker   November 12, 2019

Dear Theresa and family, My Condolences. John was my boss at Johnson & Higgins for many years. He was a great person and well respected. May he rest in peace in the arms of God

Posted by Denise Hart-Houston - Boston, MA   November 06, 2019

Dear Theresa and family,
I hear of the news this morning and am so sorry I was not there to pay my respects. Robert was such a kind man and will be greatly missed. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cathy Parsloe - medfield, MA - Family   November 05, 2019

I too worked with John at Johnson and Higgins. He was a family man and always a gentleman and fair boss. We had a fun crew with Bob Owen Al Monaco Thelma lunch and Ruth Klint. Rest in peace

Posted by A friend   November 03, 2019

Thresa and family. I so sad to learn of John's passing.
I worked with John at Johnson & Higgins for many years.
He was a fine man and a devout Catholic. May he rest in peace.

Posted by James Gianola - Peabody, MA - Friend   November 03, 2019

BC has lost one of their most devoted fans.
So sad to hear about John's passing.
He was a great guy!
Our prayers & thoughts are with you and your family, Theresa.

Amy & Bruce Fowke

Posted by Bruce & Amy Fowke - Melrose, MA - Family Friend   November 02, 2019

Theresa and Family, so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Joan milford - Naples, FL   November 02, 2019


Posted by Albert Monaco - SCITUATE, MA - Friend   November 02, 2019

Our heartfelt condolences to your loss of John.
We are so sorry. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Love Deborah and James McCue

Posted by Deborah McCue - Milton, MA - Family Friend   October 31, 2019