BRISTOL — Joseph T. Hannagan Jr., 85, passed away quietly at home on May 16th surrounded by his loving family. Our Lord now has Joe in the palm of His hand and he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Joe was born July 24, 1928 in Lawrence, MA, the son of Joseph and Rose (Suda) Hannagan Sr. He grew up and attended school there. Joe proudly served in the Army during the Korean War. He came to New Hampshire in 1953 to work for his cousin, Frank Riley and his wife Kay, who owned the Grace-Louise Restaurant in Bristol. Nancy's aunt, Maude Rockwell was a waitress there and introduced Joe to Nancy Brock in 1956. Nancy became Joe's wife April 12, 1958.
From 1958 through 1961, Joe and Nancy operated a catering business out of their home on High St., service the International Packings Corp. (now Freudenberg NOK) and the local garages. This included homemade donuts, variety of pastries, sandwiches and coffee. In 1962, Joe and Nancy purchased the Bristol Diner, remaning it the Ricky-joe Restaurant after their two sons. December 1967 the sold the restaurant and went to work at IPC. Later they owned and operated the J.T. Hannagan Restaurant in Franklin. Joe was later a Solid Waste attendant at the Bristol Transfer Station for 11 years.
In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by an infant sister Frances Hannagan and his sister Eileen Walsh of Maryland.
Joe is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy; two sons, Joseph III and wife Genevivie of Bristol; Rick and wife Wendy of Hill; a daughter Teresa Boardman of Gilford; grandchildren Genny, Eddie, Lisa, Kimberly, Ryan, Devin, Keegan, Andrew, Jacob, Kimberly; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and sister-in-law Shirley Littlefield.
Private services will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Newfound Area Nursing Association/Hospice, 214 Lake St., Bristol, NH 03222. Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol is assisting the family with arrangements.