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Duggan, Francis

April 9th, 2011

Francis M. Duggan, Sr., “PeeWee”, age 73, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington following a courageous battle with cancer.

PeeWee was born in Lowell, MA, on July 28 1937, he was the dear son of the late John W. And Margaret (Howes) Duggan, he grew up in Wilmington and was educated there. PeeWee enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 18, 1955, he served the country proudly during the Korean War and was discharged from Mitchel Air Force Base in New York in February of 1959. He returned to his roots in Wilmington and he joined the local Veterans Organizations, he remained a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion in Wilmington for many years.

PeeWee was a hard worker, he worked in construction all his life and was a member of Local 88 Tunnel Worker’s Union in Boston when he retired.

PeeWee enjoyed going with his brothers to the races in Daytona, Florida or to see the “Outlaws” in Pennsylvania. He also loved following sports of any kind, football, baseball, hockey, you name it he watched it.

PeeWee loved the outdoors, he spent lots of time at his camp in Conway, NH, with his family and friends, where they enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. PeeWee’s family and friends have lots of great memories of their times together in New Hampshire that they will cherish.

PeeWee was a devoted family man, he was a wonderful husband of 53 years to Beverly, a devoted dad to Bruce and Frank, Jr., father-in-law to Dawn, and a special “Grampy” to his favorite granddaughter Mindy, she was the light of his life. PeeWee also came from a large family, he enjoyed visiting with his brothers and sisters and reminiscing about old times and making plans for their next trip to the races, he was a good uncle to countless nieces and nephews and a good friend to many, he will be missed dearly.

PeeWee is survived by his beloved wife Beverly A. (Bryant) Duggan, his sons Frank Duggan, Jr. of Hollywood, CA, and Bruce Duggan & his wife Dawn of Wilmington, loving “Grampy” of Mindy Duggan, dear brother of Hank Duggan, Kay Reinold, Mary Bambarito, John Duggan, Tom Duggan, Billy Duggan, Gene Duggan, and Michael Duggan all of New Hampshire, Peggy Melvin of Florida, Joseph Duggan and Grace Carroll of Wilmington, Jimmy Duggan and Charlie Duggan of Tewksbury, PeeWee is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Thursday, April 14th at 11:30 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, April 13th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Francis’ name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Lahey Clinic Cancer Research, c/o Philanthropy Dept., 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.

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10 Entries in Guest Book for “Duggan, Francis”

  1. Barbara Duggan Morse says:

    Dear Beverly , Frank & Bruce, I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear of Pee Wee’s passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Stacie Murphy says:

    Duggan Family – I am so very sorry to hear of Pee Wee’s passing. My good friend lived on the corner of Fairfield and Main St. Pee Wee always would stop and say hello…He was a great man and will be missed by all.

  3. Trudy Winn(Watters) says:

    Dear Beverly:
    So sorry to hear of Pee Wee’s passing. My heart aches for you as I know what you are going through. Just remember all the great times. Memories are wonderful. You and your sons will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Trudy Winn (Watters) Pat & Bev’s sister.

  4. Hank, Sandy, Doug & Cody says:

    Dear Bev , Frank & Brucie, we are so sorry to hear of Pee Wee’s passing. He was a funny and very kind man that will be missed greatly by all that knew him. We love you all and you are in our hearts and prayers.

    Hank & Sandy Duggan, Doug & Cody Green

  5. Kelly (Duggan) LeBlanc says:

    Bev, Bruce, Dawn & Frank,

    Please know that our deepest condolences, thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.

    All Our Love,
    Kelly, Larry & Shane

  6. John Cooney says:

    My deepest condolences to The Duggan Family

    Bruce and Dawn
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad, your in our thoughts and prayers.

    John Cooney & Family

  7. Judi Duggan says:

    Beverly, Frank, Bruce, Dawn & Mindy,

    It’s a sad day to say goodbye to a loving Husband, proud Father and doting Grandpa. The memories we carry in our hearts and minds will keep you strong during this time. Conway and the Saco River will not be the same without Pee Wee. His spirit will always be with you.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

    Judi & Peter

  8. Grace says:

    To the Duggan Family,

    I was so saddened to hear of PeeWee’s death. I was in the hospital and unable to make the services, please accept my sincere condolences.

    Grace Santo

  9. Dusty Cronin says:

    My condolences go out to Beverly, Bruce and the whole Duggan family. PeeWee will be missed at the camp on the bank of the Saco River. His spirit is much like that of the river. So gentle and calm with an occasional gruffness, and that I will miss dearly. God Speed PeeWee.

  10. Carl & Theresa Jesionowski says:

    Carl, Theresa and Children
    Beverly, we are in shock hearing about PeeWee’s death, we will all be lost without our legend on the water front. My children are in awe about the loss, they just think he would live forever. We are so sorry for not being there, we wanted to go with Frank and Debbie. I had a bout of Diverticulitis and needed to go into day surgery the day of his funeral. Please know that we are all so sad and our prayers are certainly with you Beverly. Bruce and Frank, we are so sorry, your dad was a legend of Transvale Acres, we loved him so much. Please take care.

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