James F. Lanigan

December 13, 1939March 4, 2019

James F. Lanigan, 79, of Manchester, passed away on March 4, 2019 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Oswego, NY on December 13, 1939 the son of Harold and Mary Ellen (Tobin) Lanigan. He grew up in Oswego, was educated in the local school system and was a graduate of Oswego Catholic High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY at Oswego and went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Public Administration. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy serving primarily in Iceland. His commitment to service continued when he joined the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was a community development representative for over 30 years.

In 1967, Jim married the love of his life, the former Barbara Yelas, and together they shared 51 years of life, laughter and love. They moved to Manchester in 1970, where they raised their two children. Jim liked to keep active and was a member of the Manchester Co-Ed softball league both as a player and as an umpire. He loved the outdoors and spent hours hiking the trails and skiing the slopes of the Granite State as well as taking long walks with Barbara. He also enjoyed traveling, especially trips to London. He was a longtime member of St. Pius X Church serving as a lector and a Eucharistic Minister. He could also be found volunteering at The New Horizons Homeless Shelter. Family and friends were of the utmost importance to Jim and he will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Thomas Lanigan and Joseph Lanigan.

Members of his family include his wife Barbara Lanigan of Manchester, his daughter Jennifer Findlen and her husband Greg of Hopkinton, MA, his son Dan Lanigan and his wife Suzy of London, England, his grandchildren Juliet, Annabelle and Spencer, his brothers Terry Lanigan, Dr. Patrick Lanigan and his wife Caren, and Charles Lanigan and his wife Charlotte and his sisters Mary Sagneri and her husband Richard, Frances Lanigan and her husband Miller, and Elizabeth Feuerstein and her husband Dan as well as several nieces, nephews.

Visitation was held on Friday, March 8 from 5 to 8 pm at the McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St. corner of Beech St. in Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am at St. Pius X Church, 575 Candia Rd. in Manchester. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Jim’s name be made to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation 5526 West 13400 So. #510 Herriman, UY 84096 or the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center c/o Dr. Roger Jenkins 41 Mall Rd. 4-East Burlington, MA 01805 or the American Cancer Society 2 Commerce Dr. Suite 110 Bedford, NH 03110.


  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 9, 2019

James F. Lanigan

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Mark Cuppernull

March 9, 2019

Barb and the entire Lanigan family,
We were so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. What a great life he was able to enjoy, It was always nice to catch up with him at family events. We will keep him and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark and Judy Cuppernull

Nicholas Kallan

March 8, 2019

Our time together working for HUD developed into a long and lasting friendship. Jim became a true friend. We spent many wonderful days hiking the White Mountains of NH and skiing the trails at Loon Mountain and Mount Sunapee with our HUD Buds. We also skied in Steamboat, Colorado. Of course, our many hours on the hiking trails meant lots of time to talk about sports, politics and family, Jim's favorite topics. With our spouses, we also spent time walking the beach and enjoying the warmth of Naples, Florida as we enjoyed a break away from the cold winter of New Hampshire. Jim will be greatly missed.

George Cuppernull

March 8, 2019

Jim’s Family

Jim and I shared memories of his early Catholic HS experiences,after his
Navy duties at SUNY Oswego, and our mutual experiences doing grad
work at SU. When we saw each other our. constant reflections on the most
recent football or hoops seasons at SU. It was my happy day at
Fairhaven Park to be with family when you celebrated your 50th
Wedding anniversary.

I am certain the families have all had a role in helping Jim with the recent
Months illness issues. God should love Jim and each of you.

My thoughts and prayers for you all.....George Cuppernull

Kathleen Lehman

March 8, 2019

We grieve the loss of someone who was always so full of life! We are all better for having known Uncle Jim and I remain grateful for the active interest he always took in our lives. He will always be remembered in the fondest way for his dedication to family. Keeping you close in our hearts, Aunt Barb, Dan and Jen ❤

Here is just one great photo of him from his youth.

Charles Romanos

March 7, 2019

I knew Jim for thirty plus years playing in the coed softball league because he was our umpire . You could always count on him to be at the games rain or shine. I will miss seeing him this spring and summer, as we start our 2019 season, I will think of him fondly every time I walk on to the field.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Chuck Romanos
C&R Enterprises Softball Team

Eric Pilotte

March 7, 2019

Dan, Jen, and Barbara,

So very sorry for your loss, we send our thoughts and prayers to you and your families. If I remember correctly, Jim (Mr Lanigan as I knew him) was also a lover of classical music. Great man.

Love to you all!

Nancy Kelso

March 7, 2019

What an impressive husband! Just like you. Thinking of you and your family.
Nancy and David Kelso

Jim and Devee Findlen

March 6, 2019

One of our greatest memories of Jim is playing in the backyard with his grandchildren. He so enjoyed and cherished his time with his family. His love for them was undeniable. He will surely be missed by all.

❤️ Jim and Devee Findlen