Michael Joseph Horgan, 63, of Haverhill, died Saturday, March 19, 2011 at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Mary C. (Chabott) Horgan. Growing up in Concord, his family relocated to North Andover, where he would attend North Andover public schools and graduate from North Andover High School, Class of 1965. Upon graduation he would start his long career with Western Electric and Lucent Technologies. He attended Northern Essex Community College and Merrimack College. Working in the engineering and design lab of the company, he specialized in Electrical Drafting. He spent 39 years with Lucent leaving in 2004. He then went to work for MA/COM in Lowell until his illness forced him into early retirement in June 2010.
A devout husband and father, Mr. Horgan met his loving wife, Linda J. (Perreault) and they married in 1970, and moved to Haverhill. He and his wife were members of the Bradford Swim Club. As their children developed, his involvement with their swimming programs and careers did as well. At the swim club he held many positions and took an active role in any and all of its endeavors. Subsequently, he became heavily involved in several Haverhill High School swim teams, the Haverhill Recreation Department, the Haverhill YMCA Swim team, and served as President of the Summer Aquatic League. He was also a member of the Eastern Massachusetts Swimming Officials Association, and St. James Church.
Being an outdoor person, he was always tending to his garden, picking blueberries, and spending time on the golf course. Along with his wife, he enjoyed traveling, and was never too far from the sun and sand.
He leaves his beloved wife of 40 years, Linda J. (Perreault) Horgan of Haverhill; a son, Gregory M. Horgan of Washington, D.C.; a daughter, Allyson M. Horgan of Newton; a sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl A. (Horgan) and John A. Reade of North Andover; and nieces and nephews.