Michael J. Horgan
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Pepperell - Michael J. Horgan lived 66 years to spread joy among his friends and family and everyone he met. He was a dedicated son to his mother Ann (Alexander) Horgan and his deceased father, Bill Horgan. Michael shared a special relationship with his brother Bob Horgan and his sister-in-law Pam of Atkinson, N.H.; and his sister Laurie Masiello and his brother-in-law John of Pepperell. Michael shared his love of Salem Willows, Edaville Railroad, the Wizard of Oz, and stories, movies, and field trips with his niece Amanda Horgan; and his nephews, Alex Horgan, Robbie Horgan, CJ Masiello and his wife Robyn, and Greg Masiello and his wife Jen. Michael is sadly missed by his grandnephews, Jay and Bryant Masiello of Townsend, and Brian Masiello; and his grand-niece Emily Masiello of Pepperell. One of the special joys in Michael's life was being an uncle to this lively bunch. Michael is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.

Mr. Horgan graduated from St. Pius V School and St. Mary's High School, both in Lynn. He furthered his education at Northeastern University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Michael worked at Honeywell and Avco after college, then tried his hand at varied positions in education, financial, social and tax services, lastly working in the family business with his brother, sister, brother-in-law and his nephews.

Having grown up in Lynn surrounded by extended family, Michael moved throughout the Boston area during college and his career. Settling in Pepperell 15 years ago, he was surrounded by his immediate family. No matter where he lived, Michael stayed connected to his lifelong high school friends from the class of 1971, where he enjoyed planning high school reunions, watching plays featuring actress and classmate Paula Plum, and following MLB games in Boston, Baltimore and Chicago. His rambunctious friends were dedicated to Michael in his last few difficult years, and transported Michael and wheelchair wherever the party was no matter the distance.

Michael loved music, singing and dancing, and at his passing, Beatles' music played to soothe his transition. He was a fan of all New England sports teams, Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots. He was an unbeatable trivia wiz, taking one turn in Trivial Pursuit, which always ended the game too soon for other players, and avidly enjoyed Jeopardy where he knew all the answers. His wish to try out for Jeopardy was thwarted by his declining health, so from his armchair he was the Jeopardy champion.

Always positive and focused on others, despite his health issues, Michael was compassionate, kind, caring and loving. Succumbing to complications from diabetes, Michael and his family appreciate the many dedicated medical professionals who brightened his many days as he quizzed them on their backgrounds to find commonality.


Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Michael's life at Alpine Grove in Hollis, N.H., on Sunday, December 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Michael's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215, or at www.diabetes.org/donate. Arrangements entrusted to the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, 37 Main St., Pepperell, MA. Please see www.mcgaffiganfuneral.com for online guestbook.
Published on November 27, 2019

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Richard Grindrod Sr.
Dec 09, 2019
Rest in peace Michael
Trefina Gindi-Fox
Dec 02, 2019
To Laurie and Michael's family, we are so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the pain you must be feeling. I pray that God will provide you peace and comfort in this time. I am sorry that i could not attend in person to give you my condolences, but please know that my thoughts are with you and you are in my prayers. Trefina
Paula Plum
Dec 01, 2019
Michael was the kindest of souls. He was "wicked smart" and utterly disarming-- his humor and enthusiasm were off the charts. He celebrated the lives of others and came to so many of my plays but was humbly self-effacing about his own life and accomplishments. He was a good generous man who suffered greatly and left us too soon.
John masiello
Dec 01, 2019
I knew Michael for over 50 years, he was happiest when he was with his lifelong friends and family especially his nieces and nephews.
Diane and Artie Marengi
Nov 30, 2019
Thanks for our sofa conversations at the SMH reunions at the Masiello’s, Michael. I will miss you very much. Rest In Peace.
Mary Jo Kelly-LaPointe
Nov 28, 2019
Michael was such a good friend to my sister Nancy. Now they can watch over us all together in heaven. RIP Michael, you are missed, but fondly remembered.
Lisa Knowles
Nov 27, 2019
So sorry for your loss Pam and family