John F. Berrigan

October 10, 1930January 21, 2013

John Francis Berrigan of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully Monday evening, January 21, 2013 in the loving arms of his daughter Susan and sons Mark and Jason. Jack was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts on October 30, 1930 to Janet (McElaney) Berrigan and John A. Berrigan. He lived a truly wonderful and full life and was loved by many.

He was a proud graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College and BC Law School. Upon getting his law degree he entered into the United States Marine Corps as an officer. His Marine tour of duty was a tremendous honor for Jack. After an honorable discharge, he passed both the MA and NH state Bar exams. He became a prominent and respected attorney in Nashua where he settled with his wife, Colleen. He was president of the Nashua Bar Association, on the BOD of Nashua Community Council and co-founder of Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim NH. He was an avid collector of stamps and books and had a passion for old movies.

Jack was predeceased by his loving wife of 43 years, Colleen (Linscott) Berrigan.

He is survived by his daughter Susan and her husband Eric Lestandie, of Atlanta GA; son John Mark Berrigan and his wife Mei Berrigan, of Nashua; son Jason Berrigan, of Nashua; his four grandchildren, Arielle and Audrey Lestandie of Atlanta, GA, Maryfei and Kate Berrigan of Nashua; sister, Jane Moroney, of South Easton, MA and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours were Friday, January 25th from 4-8pm at the Zis Sweeny Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St. Nashua, NH 03060. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in St. Christopher Church, 62 Manchester St., Nashua. Burial will be in Franklin, ME in the spring

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made out to the Nashua Special Olympics and brought to the funeral home.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Visiting hours Friday, January 25, 2013

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Michelle Bryant

November 3, 2013

Just finding out (Nov 3, 2013). Very sorry. Wish I had known to attend services. Michelle Bryant, Bangor

John Karebo

February 23, 2013

Susan, extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

Marilou Bucciano

January 27, 2013

Mark and family,
I was saddened to learn of Jack's passing. I enjoyed our visits in the Oncology Center. Jack was always upbeat and funny, always having a comical anecdote. He was quite the interesting man and will be missed.

Nicole Ferrante

January 25, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. If you should need anything, please don't hesitate to contact us. Love- The SONH Derry Recreation Timberwolves

derek connary

January 25, 2013

Jason, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father.

Derek Connary

January 25, 2013

Mark, Susan, Jason and family, Your family is in the tender thoughts and prayers of my family during these difficult times. Your father was well loved in life; Surely he is well loved now, and forever.

Love, Brendon, Anthonicia, Connor, Gabrielle, and David.

Marilyn Cummings

January 25, 2013

Susan, Mark and Jason, I am so sorry about the passing of your Dad. I was very fond of your Mom and Dad and have wonderful memories of them and you at Rexhame Beach. I spoke with your Dad a couple of years ago on the phone and he was as enjoyable as ever. I always hoped I'd get to see you all again at the beach.

Nora Buttrick

January 24, 2013

To Susan, Mark and Jason,
I am so saddended to learn of Johns passing. I respected Johns intelligence,humor, and true passion for the finer things in life. He loved YOU all DEARLY and will be very much missed. Sincerely, Nora Buttrick

JFC Boston College '52

January 24, 2013

O Gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the soul of Thy departed servant.

Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames, and do Thou O merciful Savior send Thy Holy Angels to conduct Thy departed servant to a place of refreshment, Light and peace. Amen.

May the soul of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

The Staff of Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home

January 23, 2013

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.