Richard Francis Horgan
Past Commander and Treasurer of the Everett DAV and Member of the Everett and Saugus VFW
Richard Francis (Dick) Horgan, a lifelong resident of Everett, passed away peacefully on October 13 at the age of 98.
Dick was a student of the Everett Public School system and graduated from Everett High School in 1942. After graduation, he worked for a short period of time with the U.S. Commerce, Coast & Geodetic Survey and in 1943 joined the United States Navy to serve his country in World War II. He was assigned to the S.S. Samuel Nelson Liberty, L.S.T. 836 as a gunner. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1946, along with receiving a Battle Star and Ribbon for the occupation of Japan and a Battle Star for serving his country in Europe as well as Japan.
Upon his Honorable Discharge, he went back to work with the U.S. Commerce, Coast & Geodetic Survey until 1947 at which time he began work with the City of Everett, Public Works Department until 1968. In 1968 he started work with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Everett Housing Authority for the next ten years. Due to the illness of his loving wife, Virginia, he retired in 1978 to care for her.
Throughout the years Dick was involved with many organizations. He was a past member of the Everett DAV and VFW. He also served as Past Commander and Treasurer for the DAV. In later years, he was an active member of the Saugus VFW.
Dick was a good friend to so many; he was either at Carol’s Café solving the many world problems with his coffee friends, honoring veterans at the Soldiers Home, volunteering at BINGO functions, visiting the sick and elderly or following his grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s various activities.
Dick was the youngest of three children of the late Dennis and Margaret Horgan and the brother of the late Shirley Clooney and Phyllis Smith. He was married to the late Virginia Rose (Sarafian) Horgan and was the father of one son, Richard Dennis Horgan and his wife, Kathleen. Dick was the proud grandfather of five: Richelle Elizabeth (Horgan) Teller and her husband, Mark, Amanda Rose (Horgan) Lally and her husband, Lieutenant Colonel (United States Army) James, Katie Anne (Horgan) Walsh and her husband, William, Richard Francis Horgan and his wife, Heatherjean and Robert Dennis Horgan and his wife, Chelsea; the dear friend of the late Florence DuLong of Malden and the loving Grandfather of 13: Chloe, Nicholas and Addison Teller, James and Theodore Lally, Olivia and Emerson Walsh, Avery, Scarlett, Juliet and Lincoln Horgan and Riley and Taylor Horgan.
A Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Everett on Tuesday, Oct. 18 was followed by interment with U.S. Navy Military Honors at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett. Contributions in Richard Francis’ memory to the Susan G. Koman Foundation, 13770 Noel Rd., Ste. 801889, Dallas, TX, 75380 would be sincerely appreciated.