John L. Hannigan of Buzzards Bay died at home October 19 after a brief illness. He was 74.

He was the husband of Elaine F. (Morse) Hannigan.

Born in Brockton, he was the son of Janet (Stetson) Hannigan of Pocasset and the late Kenneth L. Hannigan.

Mr. Hannigan was a US Army veteran reaching the rank of sergeant during the Vietnam War; he earned numerous medals including a bronze star.

After his military service he worked as a farm manager and was employed for many years at Bagnell Auto Supply. Upon his return to Cape Cod he became a commercial shellfisherman. Later in life he found a passion for woodworking and began creating birdhouses from recycled wood. He sold these items at crafts and artisan fairs.

Mr. Hannigan had a love of gardening, and grew and canned his own vegetables and preserves. An accomplished cook, he was known for his homemade jelly, spaghetti sauce and quahog chowder, among other specialties.

In addition to his wife and his mother, he leaves three sisters, Donna Brown, Debra Levy and Valerie Morse; two brothers, Kenneth Hannigan and Rodney Hannigan; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Gable; three brothers, Daniel Hannigan, Thomas Hannigan and Alan Hannigan; two nephews; and an uncle.

Burial was November 4 at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

A gathering followed at Aptucxet VFW Post 5988 in Gray Gables.

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