Lawrence H. Horgan

February 23rd, 2018

Lawrence H. Horgan “Larry”, Retired Deputy Chief of the Revere Fire Department, age 84, of Tewksbury, formerly of Revere and Bristol, NH, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 22, 2018.

Larry was born on July 23, 1933, in Chelsea, MA; he was the dear son of the late John and Madeline Horgan. Larry grew up in Chelsea as a young boy and moved to Revere around the age of 8. Larry was raised and educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School with the Class of 1951. Larry was known to be quite an athlete; he was a natural at baseball and basketball but a stand out athlete on the football team.

Following High School, Larry went to work as a lithographer for the Forbes Company in Chelsea for several years before being appointed to the Revere Fire Department. This was Larry’s dream job and loved every minute of working at the Fire Department and giving back to his community. Larry worked his way through the ranks and following more than 30 years of dedicated service to the city he retired in 1995 as the Deputy Chief. Larry was a great co-worker and friend to many fellow firefighters; he and Rita had many great times with his co-workers and their families throughout the years.

Larry married the “love of his life” Rita Paone on January 12, 1952; the couple lived in Revere where they raised five wonderful children. Larry was a very devoted husband, a great dad and a loving grandfather; he worked hard to provide for his family but always looked forward to the time they spent together. Larry and Rita bought a home in Bristol, New Hampshire in 1978 where his family and friends got together, had many great times, and made countless memories. Larry really enjoyed the outdoors; he especially liked snowmobiling and hiking. Larry and Rita moved to their New Hampshire home in 1999 where they enjoyed their retirement until Larry’s health started to decline they returned back to Massachusetts to be closer to their family.

Larry was a very talented carpenter who could build or fix just about anything. Larry was very meticulous about his work; some of his special pieces included the many doll houses he built for his grandchildren.

Larry will be fondly remembered as a very sociable guy; he was outgoing, friendly, and would do anything for anyone. Larry had a great sense of humor and loved a good laugh. Larry always showered his family and friends with unconditional love and devotion; he was truly “one of a kind” and will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Larry was the beloved husband of Rita J. (Paone) Horgan, devoted father of Stephen Horgan & wife Marie of Chelsea, Richard Horgan & wife Marie of Tewksbury, Cheryle Perry & husband Ed of Londonderry, NH, Paula Westmacott & husband Ian of Tewksbury and the late Kathleen Antonelli & her late husband Tony of Everett. Loving Grandfather of Amy, Danielle, James, Bridget, Josh, Whitney, Alanna, Matthew, Vanessa, Clint, Keith, John, Devin, Antonia, Doug and many great-grandchildren. Cherished son of the late John and Madeline (Tiernan) Horgan, dear brother of the late Marie Buckley, Gerard “Buddy” Horgan, Marguerite Grinnel, Madeline Connery and James Horgan. Brother-in-law of Mary Horgan of Groveland and Rose Malagodi of Albuquerque, NM. Larry is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, February 26th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury.

Donations in Larry’s memory may be made to the Revere Fire Department Local 926 Memorial Fund, 400 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Lawrence H. Horgan”

  1. Fouad and Yasmin Yatim says:

    Larry was one of the nicest people I know and I know he was a loving father and grandfather too. Loved his smile…he will be greatly missed. You have our deepest sympathy on your loss. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. Cheryle Perry says:

    Dad, over the years you have had several near death experiences, so I know in my heart, God told you to come home. A man of few words, your wit, sense of humor, faith, teachings…you were a great role model. You were so proud of us as we were of you. you will live in our hearts forever and thru our reflections for generations. with Love, your daughter, Cheryle

  3. Bill & Gilda Traynham says:

    Always a smile, eyes twinkling. That is how we will remember you. The unconditional love you gave to your family and friends will last a lifetime as will the many memories they all shared with you.
    Rita, you have a love that many only dream of.
    Bill and I send our sincere sorrow in your family’s loss

  4. Anne MacKenzie says:

    Steve and Marie
    I send my sincere condolences .
    Reading his obituary I realize he had a
    Full and happy life.

    Anne MacKenzie(Woodward)

  5. Charles F. Murphy says:

    Steve & Marie:
    Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.
    Chuck Murphy


    Dear Rita and family.
    Our deepest condolences.
    Bev and I often talk about you and Larry and the kids..How nice a family you were at 62 Pleasant St., Revere. Our first apartment. A day didn’t go by when we weren’t greeted by a smile from you and ..where has the time gone?

  7. Sal & Linda Caruso says:

    So greatful to have had known Larry as both a Firefighter and a friend.Our sincerest condolences Rita to you and the kids on your loss.

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