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“Im so sorry for your loss , Bob was a wonderful guy. Having your family as our neighbors was very special to me and the kids. Your family is in our...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Ruggiero - Lynn, MA

“Sanford St , was such a special place for a family to grow up . I was blessed to live next door to this special man , known to my children as. H . ...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Peter A Ruggiero - Boston

“Dear Claire, I am so sorry to hear about Hap passing..prayers to you and your family Lois ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Lois Traill - Dennisport, MA

“Deepest sympathy to Claire and familyFond memories of Hap and the Melrose guys. Especially our annual couples getaway many years ago to the "Elms"...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Paul and Ruth Mowder - Peabody, MA

“Sorry to hear about the passing of Hap. Many memories from the past. Anita Hume ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Anita Hume - Belmont, MA

“Claire, Kathy, Debbie and all the family, We are so sorry about "HAP". A bright light has gone out for so many lives he touched, he was a wonderful...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Joe & Rosey Ryan - Charlestown, MA

“I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Ryan - Somerville, MA

“We are so very sorry to hear this sad news of Mr. Hennigan's passing. We have so many great memories of him on Sanford Street. He has let his mark...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Boomhower - Melrose, MA

“Sorry to hear of Bob's passing our neighborhood will not be the same without him.He will missed.With deepest sympathy. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Maria Zizza - MELROSE, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hennigan family at this difficult time.God Bless.Dan and Chris Sprague ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Christine Sprague - Dover, NH

“My deepest sympathies. May the "God of all comfort," help to ease the pain of your grief during this time.(1 Cor 1:3,4,,, ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We send our thoughts and deepest sympathy. - Gretchen Bowder & Paul Jost ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Our deepest condolences, we were so sorry to hear about Bobby. It was always so wonderful to see him on the front porch, loving our neighborhood. ...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Chrissy Chetkin - Melrose, MA

“Deb, knowing how much you adored your dad, I can imagine your pain! Thinking of you and your whole family with love! God Speed to your dad! ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Kim Roy - Spencer, MA

“Dear Claire and Girls,I was so sorry to hear of Bobby's passing, The years have just flown by yet the memories are clear as can be. We always had...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Judy (Howe) Donahue - Laconia, NH

“We are heartbroken. With deepest sympathy as we remember a wonderful and caring man. We will keep all of you in our prayers and in our hearts during...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Tracey Family - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Robert F."Hap" Hennigan, of Melrose, beloved son of Thomas and Catherine (Ryan) Hennigan, died at the Winchester Hospital on Feb. 25, 2018 at the age of 85. Hap was born & raised in Charlestown and moved to Melrose at the age of 13. He attended Melrose schools and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Hap resided in Melrose for most of his life and worked as a Truck Driver for the Teamster's Local #25 for 43 years before his retirement in 1995. He was a longtime member of the Melrose Elks Club, where he played Santa every year and the Teamster's Retiree Club. Hap enjoyed hockey, football, basketball and was a member of the Melrose Elks bowling league. He loved to travel with his wife Claire to Aruba, Bermuda, Florida and St. Kitts. Hap's children and grandchildren were the most important part of his life. He was the beloved husband of A. Claire Hennigan for 51 years. Loving father of Kathleen Churchill & her husband Jeffrey of Ipswich and Deborah St. Clair of Melrose. Cherished grandfather of Jennifer, Matthew, Allan and Mairead. Great grandfather of Zoey. Caring brother of Anna Donovan of Melrose, Mary Connors of Charlestown, William Hennigan of Ipswich and the late Thomas Hennigan. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday, March 2nd from 4-8PM. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Saturday, March 3rd at 8:45AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Korean War Army Veteran.