Joseph T. Duggan

September 4th, 2017

Joseph T. Duggan, “Joe”, age 77, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away at home after a courageous battle with cancer on September 3, 2017.

Joe was born at home in Wilmington on May 21, 1940; he was the dear son of John “Mike” and Margaret Duggan and one of 14 siblings.

Following High School, Joe went to work in the construction field and took a job with the Union Millwright Local 1121; where he was a lifetime member.

Throughout the years, Joe honed his skills as a builder; he was a “Jack of all trades” and could fix or build just about anything he put his mind to. Joe was also very giving of his time and talents to help everyone; he was always doing a project for someone else and never turned anyone away that needed his help.

In his spare time, Joe loved to garden, go fishing, work on his tractor, and travel all over with his brothers to follow the “World of Outlaws” car racing.

Joe was a devoted husband and father but he excelled as a grandfather. Joe’s love for his grandsons Jimmy and Brian was evident in everything he did; he was so proud of his boys and they meant the world to him.

Joe was also really good with the kids in the neighborhood; he was a surrogate grandfather to many of them and they loved to hang around with Joe.

Joe will be fondly remembered for his many talents, his willingness to help others, and for his stubbornness that would come through every now and again; he was quite a character. Joe was a good to his family, neighbors, and he was a true friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe was the beloved husband of the late Judith D. (Creamer) Duggan, devoted father of Lori Bruce & her husband James of Holderness, NH and Joseph Duggan & his wife Carla of Wilmington, loving Grandfather of James Bruce and Brian Duggan both of Wilmington, cherished son of the late John “Mike” and Margaret (Howes) Duggan, dear brother of Catherine Reinold , Mary Bammarito, William Duggan, Gene Duggan, Michael “Mickey” Duggan all of NH, Margaret Melvin of FL, Grace Carroll, Thomas Duggan both of Wilmington, James Duggan, Charles Duggan both of Tewksbury and the late Henry “Hank” Duggan, John Duggan and Francis “PeeWee” Duggan. Joe is also survived by his brother-in-law Roger Creamer of Wilmington as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Thursday, September 7th at 11:30 a.m.. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 6th from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The Duggan Family would like to extend a special “thank you” to the Lahey Clinic Hematology Dept.


13 Entries in Guest Book for “Joseph T. Duggan”

  1. Diana (Imbimbo) Miladin says:

    Dear Joe, my hero, my ally, my cousin, my friend. You were, both mentally and physically, the strongest person I ever knew. And I always knew you would always be there for me. Oh how I will miss you.

    To your brothers and sisters, my cousins, you gifted and courageous band, how I wish I could be there with you now, but please know that my heart is with you in this sad time.

    To Joey and Lori, may you take the best of both your extraordinary parents with you in your lives–your mother’s loving and giving heart and your father’s strength and integrity.

    And let us remember that we are all Duggans and what happens to one of us, happens to us all. God bless you Joe, God bless us all.

  2. Joan Phillips says:

    So sorry for your loss. Joe was a great man . He will be missed by many people

  3. Miguel Cuesta says:

    Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with the family.

  4. Maureen and Wayne Parsons says:

    We are so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great man and will truly be missed. The town of Wilmington will not be the same without him. If we can do anything, please let us know.

    Maureen and Wayne Parsons

  5. Billy Fay says:

    And so it goes, one more Mildred Rogers alumni passes. Diana Imbimbo Miladin captured the essence of Joey in her comments. Joey and I were introduced as first grade classmates in 1946. Wilmington was a different place then. We were all poor, so friendships were highly valued. Joey was a tough kid, but there was a greater gentle side to him as well. You definitely wanted him on your team. As life went on and we pursued different goals , our paths would cross from time to time, and it was 1946 again, years erased, as if we were still back in Mrs. Daley’s classroom. Suffices to say, that our life events are like footprints in the sand, good and bad. It’s obvious Joey left a lot of footprints behind and left his world a better place by his presence. Rest in peace Joey, I’m proud to be one of your footprints.

  6. Patricia A. Elder says:

    Dear Duggan Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Joe was a friend
    to so many. May you rest in peace alway’s Joe.

    Tricia Elder ( Your Aunt Grace’s friend)

  7. Deborah Finnegan says:

    My Mom (Virginia Burris Corti )and I are so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Condolences to all family and loved ones. Deborah Finnegan

  8. jack cushing says:

    GOD be with JOE – friend – mentor – defender – one of the “silver lake boys” – pray that you are reunited with JUDY and Paul Ryan ,Johnny”boy” McCabe, Snooky Cushing, Billy Carrol, Biggie Little, Sonny Parker, Charlie”Sneakers” Cushing and all the other “lakeys”. You were a true friend that taught me a lot and always had my back. I will miss you – GOD SPEED JOE

  9. Jan Duggan says:

    Will miss running into my cousin, Joe at Lucci’s Market and sometimes having breakfast or lunch together, as well as a couple of fun excursions with my Duggan cousins, Betsy and husband, Bill, Diana Miladin, Gerry Duggan, my sister, Maureen Duggan, and me – Museum of Science, Downeaster to Portland, ME and sometimes just in my back yard or house. No matter how much time passed, we’d all just pick up our conversations like no time at all had passed and definitely reminisce and laugh a lot. RIP Cousin Joe. You will be missed by many.

  10. Mike & Karen Brady says:

    So sorry for your loss – sending prayers at this really difficult time.

  11. Kevin Melvin says:

    It is very hard knowing that Uncle Joe will no longer be with us in the physical sense, but his words of “Wisdom” and “Great Stories” will live in our hearts forever. He was the type of person who made everyone who met him, feel better about the world and ourselves. Personally, I will miss our many phone conversations and his sharing of an insightful take on life.. I learned so much. For me, as I finish my “Tiny House”, I will think of Uncle Joe with each brush stroke and piece of molding installed. As was his way, he wanted to help me.

    My heart goes out to his family, may they find comfort knowing that he is at peace and without pain. He had the greatest of love for his family and friends. Thank you Uncle Joe.. I love you and I am Proud to have called you my Uncle. Kevin

  12. Kelly (Duggan) LeBlanc says:

    Lori,Joey & family,
    So many memories of family times together. Will cherish those times & memories. Our heart felt condolences for your loss. We can only hope that he & your mom are together again. Hugs & prayers. God speed Uncle Joe.
    Kelly, Larry and Shane

  13. Olivia Walsh says:

    Joe has lived across the street from me since the day I was born. Him & Judy treated me like I was their own grandchild. Baking desserts for me, celebrating birthday’s and high school graduation with me, coming to all of my dance recitals, sending me off to all of the high school proms I attended etc. Judy passed when I was younger but I was still grateful to have Joe always there for me as I grew older. I could always count on him. He was a wonderful guy not only to me but to everyone else in the neighborhood. He’ll be dearly missed by all of the neighborhood kids. He was extremely loved and things simply won’t be the same without him around. Love you Big Joe.

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