Nahant — Henry E. (Red) Hanagan, 87, of Nahant, Mass., died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Kaplan Family Hospice House following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Margaret M. (Murphy) Hanagan for 62 years and son of John and Elizabeth (Kelly) Hanagan. He was born in Lynn, raised in Orient Heights until 14 years old, when he moved back to Lynn. He graduated from St. Mary’s Boys High School in 1944. He also attended Burdett College and Fitchburg State College.
He worked at the Lynn Item as a typesetter and advertising sales representative for 37 years. After retirement, he became a substitute teacher for the Lynn School system, primarily at Pickering Middle School and Lynn Tech.
He was a longtime member of the Lynn YMCA and loved to play racquetball and tennis. He also loved dancing and socializing with friends, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family. At the many large family gatherings he was always the life of the party, telling great jokes and unforgettable stories. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many lives he touched.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peg) Hanagan and his seven children, Kathleen Hanagan of Portland, Ore., Margaret (Peggy) and her husband, Frank Padalino, of Herndon, Va., William (Bill) and his wife, Gail Hanagan, of Beijing, China, Debra (Debi) and her husband, John Ford, of Walpole, Mass., Mary and her husband, Don Burgess, of Lynn, Mass., Susan (Sue) and her husband, John Kiley, of Lynn, Mass., and Erin and her husband, Steve Barrett, of Melrose, Mass. He is also survived by his 16 grandchildren, Antje Fimmel, Katrina Fimmel, Jonathan Fimmel, Kristin Hackenson, Alex Padalino, Dominic Padalino, Ricky Best, Bridget Hanagan, Nora Hanagan, Allison Mosho, Ryan Ford, Helena Ford, Samantha Kiley, Jake Kiley, Stephen Barrett, and Billy Barrett; a sister, Clare Slaven and her husband, Don, of Mashpee; and several nieces and nephews.