Louis J. Hannigan, 85

Louis Hannigan

GORHAM — Louis J. Hannigan, 85, of Gorham, passed away suddenly Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

Louis, or “Louie,” which is how he was known by his friends and extended family, was born in Portland on March 25, 1933, the son of the late Daniel J. and Mary M. (Kilfoil) Hannigan. Louis grew up on Munjoy Hill in Portland, and graduated from Cheverus High School, class of 1952. Louis enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in March of 1955 after receiving the Korean SVC Medal, Good Conduct Medal, UN SVC Medal, and the National Defense SVC Medal. On New Year’s Eve, 1955, Louis married the love of his life, Eleanor Ann Atripaldi, enjoying 63 years of marriage.

Being able to travel was a great pleasure to them. For their 25th wedding anniversary, Louis and Eleanor traveled to Hawaii. In their later years, they were able to fulfill their dream, traveling to visit relatives in Italy and Ireland. Fulfilling another lifelong dream, together they attended the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2006 for their 50th wedding anniversary.

Together they raised four children; Lindajean, Thomas, Debbie and Michael. As a family, they enjoyed traveling and many summers in their Portland backyard by the pool, playing cribbage and spending time together. Louis will be remembered as a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

After his service in the U.S. Army, Louis attended Northeastern School of Business where he honed his skills as an accountant. Louis was hired by F.W. Cunningham, where he served as the paymaster from 1956–1960. In 1960, Louis was hired by the Crane Supply Co. in Portland, Maine, and worked there until 1969. From 1969–1981, Louis worked for the City of Portland, serving multiple roles including Model Cities Program accountant and personnel director. In 1981, Louis and Eleanor went out on their own to establish what eventually became Hannigan Associates Tax and Payroll, where Louis assisted and worked with many small businesses across all Southern Maine until his retirement.

Louis was a devout Catholic whose strong faith helped him throughout life’s journeys and molded him into the loving, caring man he was. Since 2003, he participated annually in the Relay for Life as a member of “Tom’s Team.” Louis was a member of the Westbrook Knights of Columbus. Watching sporting events with Michael, especially the Patriots, and in 2009 and 2010 was able to check off his bucket list “attend the Masters.”

In addition to his parents, Louis was predeceased by his son, Thomas Hannigan of Westbrook in 2003; three brothers, William, Robert and Francis; and one sister, Marie Patch.

Louis is survived by his daughters, Lindajean Russo of North Sebago and Debbie Hannigan Anctil of Minot; his son, Michael Hannigan of Concord, N.C.; his five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and his brother, Earle Hannigan of Howland.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at A.T. Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home at 9 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 15, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua, 268 Brown Street, Westbrook, at 10 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

To view Louis’ guestbook or leave the family an online condolence, please visit www.athutchins.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in the memory of Louis may be made to the: Knights of Columbus, Council 2219, P.O. Box 664, Westbrook, ME 04092.

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