FAIRFIELD — A largely attended Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas G. Howrigan, MD, who passed away on Dec. 29, 2013, was celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fairfield. Con-celebrating the mass were Pastor, Reverend William P. Giroux and former Pastor, Reverend Leonidas B. Laroche. Assisting at the altar was Deacon Gabe Gagne assigned to St. Mary’s Church in St. Albans and great-nieces, Elizabeth Magnan and Hannah Tiffany and great-nephew, Collin Manahan.
In attendance and forming a guard of honor, were members of the Green Mountain Post# 1, American Legion and Robert E. Glidden Post # 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars Funeral detail, who also were honorary bearers. Flag bearer was Honora “Bud” Bechard.
Music for the mass was provided by organist, Mary Jo Gillian and vocalists, Serena Magnan O’Connell and John Schreindorfer.
Placing of the funeral pall was by nephews, John Howrigan, Lawrence Howrigan, Kevin Michael Howrigan and Harold Howrigan Jr. The crucifix was then placed by sisters, Loretta Magnan, Kathleen Connor, Teresa Manahan and sister-in-law, Anne Howrigan. The Old Testament reading was by niece, Megan Manahan and the New Testament Reading was by niece, Jeanne Howrigan. Prayer of the faithful was by nieces, Patricia Reynolds and Mary Schreindorfer.
Presentation of gifts to Father Giroux was by Dr. Tom’s Godchildren, Dan Connor, Eileen Trudell, Lawrence Howrigan, Fred Connor, Patrick O’Connell and William Manahan.
A “Military Commendation” was read by niece, Bridget Howrigan Rivet. Words of Remembrance were shared by nephew, Kevin Manahan.
In attendance was representation from many state and area businesses, medical professionals, farmers and other friends.
Casket bearers were great-nephews, Michael Howrigan Jr., Will Howrigan, Brendan Howrigan, Owen Manahan, Tim Howrigan, Cullen Howrigan, Sean Connor, Matthew Brosseau and Thomas Magnan. A reception followed at the American Legion Hall. Interment with military honors will be held later this spring at the family lot in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery. Assisting the Howrigan family is the Heald Funeral Home.