Joan M. (Ford) Horigan

  • Born: June 28, 1941
  • Died: May 28, 2022
  • Location: Brockton, Massachusetts

Joyce Funeral Home

245 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02453

mail@joycefuneralhome.com
Tel. (781) 894-2895

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Joan by adding your memories and photos.

Mrs. Joan M. Horigan of Brockton died peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2022. She was 80. Mrs. Horigan was born in Boston on June 28, 1941 and is the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret (Shea) Ford.

Joan is the wife of the late George T. Horigan Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen H. Alarie (Kevin) of Waltham, Kristine A. Horigan of Brookline and Elizabeth A. Powers (Stephen) of Marlborough; siblings Jean Ford (Jerry Gordon) of Brookline, Thomas Ford (Mary Mayotte) of Jamaica Plain; sister-in-law of Jean Brown (John) of Dedham, Richard Horigan (Jean) of Lexington, Helen Horigan (late Judith Lennett) of Roslindale, the late Edward Horigan (MaryLou) of Virginia Beach, VA and the late James Horigan (Lynn Horigan) of Concord, NH.

She is also survived by five grandchildren; Christopher and Liam Alarie, Emily Horigan, and Maeve and Keira Powers whom she adored. They brought endless joy to her life.

Joan leaves many loving nieces and nephews.

Upon graduation from Brighton High School in 1959, Joan worked as a switchboard operator at the New England Telephone Company. It was there she met the love of her life, George. George, who died May 9, 2022 and Joan celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary Wednesday, June 1st together in heaven.

After the birth of her first child, Joan gladly changed careers to become a full-time mom, while serving the community in various part-time roles within Catholic Charities and her children's schools. She volunteered as their Girl Scout Troop leader and CCD teacher. She was happiest being the central figure in the lives of her children, as they grew into strong, intelligent, independent women.

She was truly a lady and a master of "old school" conversational etiquette. Joan was equally adept talking to the oldest or the youngest person in the room. She was empathetic and gracious, always leaving a bit of sage advice behind wherever she went.

Family and friends will honor and remember Joan's life by gathering to visit in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham, on Monday, June 6th at 10 a.m. followed by her funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 2 p.m.

Those wishing to view the broadcast (and recording) of Joan's service please use this link: https://my.gather.app/remember/joan-horigan

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Girls on the Run, PO Box 30667 PMB 65493, Charlotte, NC 28230 www.girlsontherun.org. This is a national non-profit organization that strengthens confidence, connection, and character for girls in grades 3-8.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Much love to Joan's family.
Joanie was so proud of her daughters and grandchildren. She was an amazing friend. I am so lucky to have known her and called her my friend.

Posted by Tiffany Lott - New Hartford, NY - Friend   June 14, 2022

My dear cousins, Kathy, Beth and Krissy say that their mother and father were both "one of a kind", and they are not lying. My aunt Joan was one of the most inherently good people that I've ever known. As my dad says, with tears in his eyes, "She just wanted everyone to be happy", and he couldn't be more right. She had a twinkle in her eyes and warmth in her touch. Somehow, in her presence, you always felt like you were doing everything right :)

In an age of constant criticism and the obsession with self growth, the seemingly idealistic concept of unconditional love is one that Joan Ford Horrigan embodied wholeheartedly and we should all take as much of this from her as we can. You can already see it reflected in her 3 beautiful daughters and all of her amazing grandchildren. I can still hear her saying, "You kids are just the best". She made everyone around her feel so good and this really is the key that so many of us are missing. She really got it. She got the heart of life. I wish I could be there with you all today to say this myself, but this song says it all.

I love you Joanie.

The Heart of Life by John Mayer
https://open.spotify.com/track/78DwRIo6Vj6wqteyerGetr

I hate to see you cry
Lying there in that position
There's things you need to hear
So turn off your tears and listen
Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No, it won't all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good
You know it's nothin' new
Bad news never had good timing
Then the circle of your friends
Will defend the silver lining
Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No, it won't all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good
Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
Fear is a friend who's misunderstood
But I know the heart of life is good
I know it's good

Posted by Margo Ford - Barcelona - Family   June 05, 2022

Dear Kathie, Christine, Beth and your family,
Joan will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. It is such a shock so soon after losing your Dad a few weeks ago! I felt so close to your mom over the years as next door neighbors. We had more fun together and our families became one. I will never forget her laughter and fun loving personality! I would always seek out Joan's advice and cry on her shoulder for support. I feel blessed to have known her and will cherish her memory forever.
Love
Paula

Posted by Paula Benham - Falmouth, MA - Friend   May 31, 2022

You are sadly missed dear neighbor and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time.

Posted by Bill and Pat Foley - Brockton, MA - Friend   May 31, 2022


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