Visiting hours for John Joseph Haggerty, Sr., 92, will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 4-8 PM in the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St., on Rte. 20, Watertown.
He was born in Somerville, on October 15, 1917, a son of the late Timothy James and Mary Lenore (Marchant) Haggerty. Mr. Haggerty graduated from Somerville High School and a member of the high school football team. He went on to play semi-pro football for the league in Somerville.
Mr. Haggerty, a participant in the battle of Anzio, was a decorated Army veteran of World War II receiving a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and other multiple campaign ribbons. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Burnham-Manning Post 1105 in Watertown and the Yankee Division 101st Infantry Veterans Association.
With some years spent at the Navy Yard in Charlestown, he retired as an iron-worker at the US Arsenal in Watertown in the late 1950s after 25 years of service. Mr. Haggerty, a Watertown resident, had also lived for many years in Manomet and had retired to Arizona; he moved back to Watertown several years ago. He died at the residence in Watertown, on Sunday, April 25, 2010.
He was the beloved husband for 66 years of the late Madeleine I. (Dixon) Haggerty who died in January 2009; devoted father of Lt. John J. Haggerty, Jr. (Watertown Fire Dept., ret.) of Brighton and Evelyn Kolaitis of Rockland and devoted father-in-law to Walter Kolaitis, Leslie Haggerty, and Parthena Haggerty. Dear brother of Stella Murphy of Somerville and the late Lillian Rose, Florence and Edward Haggerty. Loving grandfather of Jeanine, Stacey, Stephen, Christine, Timothy, Shawn, Laura, Eric, and Kirk; and great-grandfather of Daniel, Michael, Olivia, Stephen, Joseph, Katelyn, Kaleigh, Robert, Timothy, Dylan, Jocelyn, Ryan and Aubrey. Uncle to Judy, Lorraine, Peter and Paul.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to the visiting hours on Thursday from 4-8 PM in the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home on Main Street.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to 101st Infantry Veterans Assoc., c/o Mariano Bollino, 17 Lilac Lane, Weymouth, MA 02188 or to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2042 Beacon St., Newton, MA 02468.
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